By Adeyemi Ayeku
The University of Calabar, Nigeria, has defeated 5 teams, including the defending champion of the competition worldwide, University of Pretoria, South Africa, to emerge winner of the African Regional round of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition.
The Manfred Lachs Space Law Competition is an annual competition organised by the International Institute of Space Law, (IISL); which usually convenes countries from different regions of the world to argue simulated facts bordering on activities carried out on Space, comprising the Moon and other celestial bodies.
The competition is usually done in two parts: the regional round and the world round; and winners from different regions will gather in the United States to battle for the ultimate first.
This year’s African regional round was held at the Department of Trade and Industry, Pretoria, South Africa between 8 and 9 of May, 2019.
The Six teams which partook in the competition were: the University of Pretoria, South Africa; the University of South Africa; the University of Ibadan, the University of Calabar, the Niger Delta University; Nigeria; and Makerere University, Uganda.
There were two rounds for each school to compete against other schools; appearing both as Complainant and Respondent.
After facing Makerere University in the first round and University of Pretoria in the second round, and qualifying for the final round, University of Calabar defeated Niger Delta University to emerge winner of the African regional round of the 2019 of the competition.
The University of Calabar team which comprised of Ebruka Nelly Helen, Kaunda John and Ushie Augustine Eneji, will thus represent Africa at the world round, scheduled to hold in the United States later this year.
A 400 level Law student of the University of Calabar, Nelly Helen, also emerged the best oralist of the completion, with a reward of £100 while the team was rewarded with £200.
However, the price for the best memorial (written submission) was clinged by the University of Ibadan team represented by Nnantah Ijeoma and Faleti Kofoworola Joshua. The team was rewarded with the sum of £ 125 for that feat.