JKUAT School of Law Students Excel at Moot Court Competition

JKUAT Karen Law School

Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT)’s School of Law, Karen Campus, posted excellent performance to emerge second position, during the finals of the National Disability Rights Moot Court Competition held at the University of Nairobi.

The competition that run from 18th to 28th May, 2021 attracted teams from Strathmore University, Embu University, Catholic University of Eastern Africa, University of Nairobi, Egerton University and Mt. Kenya University.

The JKUAT team made up of Ian Lemayian, Tony Mutuma and Pius Mokua, who are all second year students participated in the preliminary and semi-final rounds which were held virtually, as well as the final round that was conducted physically.

In the preliminary and semi-final rounds, JKUAT emerged the best, while at the finals, the team took second position behind Strathmore University.

Holding trophies from left: Mokua, Mutuma, Lemayian and Dr. Ndambo.

The sterling performance of the JKUAT team was illustrated by the fact that JKUAT won the highest number of trophies at the competition.

The JKUAT School of Law clinched the following trophies: The Best Team in the Preliminary Round, the Best Memorials, the Best Oralist, and Second Best Overall Team.

Commenting about the win, Moot Court Coordinator and Lecturer at the Karen School of Law, Dr. Dennis Ndambo,  said, “the achievement will not only contribute to raising the profile of the University, but will also go towards satisfying the Council of Legal Education’s requirements for renewing the School of Law’s accreditation.”

He expressed the team’s gratitude towards the University Management for all the support accorded to the team, stating that “Moot court competitions are challenging but also exciting events that provide opportunities for law students to showcase their legal knowledge, research capability and advocacy skills.”

Mooting has gained substantial significance that it is now a requirement before law schools become accredited by the Council of Legal Education.

The benefits of participating in both local and international moot court competitions cannot be overemphasized.

Law students, Mokua, Mutuma and Lemayian receive their trophies. 

He further noted that courtesy of the moot court competitions, the students are exposed to world class standards as well as forming important networks, thus contributing to the visibility of JKUAT School of Law both locally and internationally.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, congratulated the students on behalf of University Management, noting that the university community was excited and proud of the School of Law. She further urged the students and staff to aim even higher in future competitions and continue flying the JKUAT flag.

The JKUAT School of Law students have participated in local and international moot court competitions for several years and have demonstrated their prowess in understanding legal issues, culminating in several wins that have earned them recognition for their excellent performance.

The Dean School of Law, Dr.  Jack Mwimali says, JKUAT School of Law offers unique training in law that prepares our graduates to be lawyers with an inclination to emergent legal issues that links law to science, agriculture, technology and innovation.

The current fourth industrial revolution is characterized by a fusion of technologies that is blurring the lines between the physical, digital and biological spheres which have collectively been referred to as cyber-physical systems.

Lemayian (right) receives the Best Oralist Award. 

“The School of Law at JKUAT seeks to train the lawyer for the current age by channeling legal knowledge to facilitate the cyber-physical systems,” adds the Dean.

The subjects taught at the School include; intellectual property law; law, science and ethics; health and medical law; environmental law, information and communication technology law; physical planning and construction law; biotechnology and biosafety law of the sea; and air and space law all of which are aimed at preparing students to have expertise that harnesses legal knowledge for scientific and technological development in the world.

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