UNICAL Law Wins Again at the Manfred Lachs Int’l Space Moot Competition

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The Students: From Left Richard Felix-Uche,Nelly Helen Ebruka and Eyo Emmanuel.

Faculty of Law University of Calabar has again recorded a commendable performance at the year 2020   9th African Regional Rounds of the Manfred Lachs International Space Law Moot Court Competition which was held on 3rd July, 2020.

In this year’s competition, UNICAL Law made an impressive outing becoming the second best University in Africa, conceding the first position to University of Pretoria.

Recall that in 2019, students of UNICAL Law faculty won the 8th African Regional rounds of the  Competition in Pretoria, South Africa and subsequently represented Africa at the world finals of the competition where they emerged as runners up of the competition at NASA headquarters in Washington DC.

Representing the University of Calabar were Ekanem Emmanuel, Eyo Emmanuel and Richard Felix-Uche as competing students, Nelly Ebruka, the team lead student for last year as student coach and Ms Anne Agi, Esq as the staff adviser for the competition.

Speaking with DNL Legal & Style, Ms Nelly stated: “We are very excited at making it to the top best teams in Africa again after last year’s win, despite the fact that international space law is not taught in our school. It shows our passion for this peculiar field of law . We are also grateful to our “Team adviser”- Ms Anne Agi Esq and Professor Micheal Okom, the Dean of our Faculty for their relentless support in this regard’’.

The competition which was meant to hold in Pretoria, South Africa in May 2020, was cancelled due to the covid-19 pandemic and was judged on the basis of Memorials (Written submissions) submitted by all competing schools.

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The competition this year featured the participation of Universities from Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Ethiopia and Uganda.

The Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot court competition is organised yearly by the international Institute of Space Law and is a simulation of a fictional dispute between different countries (also fictional) before the International Court of Justice. Primarily the moot has the core objective of promoting interest and knowledge of space law through research and a fair competitive environment.

The facts of argument for the 2020 rounds was centered on a case concerning jurisdiction and control in outer space, space situational awareness and orbital debris.’’

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