St. Mary's SHS wins 2021 Moot Court Competition against WASS

By Jerry Akornor 

St. Mary's Senior High School (SMSS), Accra has defeated West African Senior High School (WASS) to win 2021 Moot Court Competition organised by University of Ghana School of Law in partnership with the University of Pretoria Centre for Human Rights in South Africa.

SMSS scored 386 marks  as against its closest contender WASS which managed to garner 384 marks. Achimota SHS occupied the third position followed by St. Aquinas SHS which took the fourth position during which they were all awarded. 

This year's grand finale of 2021 Moot Court Competition saw Distinguished Constitutional Law Expert and Dean of UPSA Law School Prof. Ernest Kofi Abotsi, Former Dean of University of Ghana School of Law Prof. Kofi Quashigah, Criminologist and National Identification Authority Boss Prof. Ken Attafuah as Judges.

Speaking at the grand finale of University of Ghana School of Law 2021 Moot Court Competition on Friday 25 June held in Accra-Ghana, Dean of University of Ghana School of Law Prof. Raymond Atuguba said "This year's competition seeks to encourage talented students to consider pursuing a law career. I acknowledge the contributions of University of Ghana School of Law team, that of University of Pretoria Centre for Human Rights, South Africa, schools, participants and Programme Co-ordinator Prof. Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua".

Prof. Atuguba noted that "Under the leadership of Prof. Kofi Quashigah as the Dean, the University of Ghana School of Law developed two courses for non-LLB holders called Master of Arts courses in you can choose to go for legal study at the level of LLB and proceeds to Ghana School of Law to study for the Bar, or pursue Master of Arts in Human Rights & Administration, MA in Media with first degree in any field, a knowledge acquisition that is very good for NCCE and CHRAJ workers. Achimota, Aquinas, St. Mary's and West African Senior High Schools, thanks for putting up a good fight"

For his part, Deputy Commissioner at Commission on Human Rights and Administration of Justice (CHRAJ) Mr. Richard Quayson has expressed confidence that the "competition will afford participants the opportunity to assume the mantle of leadership. Mr. Quayson noted that apart from that, we need to continue to emphasise integrity, good moral compass that whips up the character of students to apply knowledge for the good of society solely to rid off corruption, discipline and lawlessness in recent times"

The Moot Court Competition is an annual academic exercise designed to engage the mooting skills of Senior High students throughout the country over a topical constitutional law issue that has a bearing on human rights. The focus is to help students at second-circle institutions to develop their knowledge, understanding and application of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana including the values codified in it. 

Meanwhile, Moot Court Competition Programme Co-ordinator Prof. Kwadwo Appiagyei says the "contest provides a unique opportunity for students to develop their research, writing and oral advocacy skills, a crucial aspect of legal education" 

Below are exclusive pictures from the grand finale of University of Ghana 2021 Moot Court Competition held on Friday 25 June in Accra-Ghana:


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