Three Strathmore Law Students Set to Shine on Global Stage


In a momentous achievement for African legal education, three Stratizens from Strathmore Law School are poised to represent the continent at the prestigious 22nd John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition in Geneva, Switzerland, June 2024. Mark Gitau, Alex Kiwara, and Wayne Simwa have earned this remarkable opportunity by emerging victorious in the fiercely contested African Rounds hosted at Kabarak University in April 2024. The trio faced stiff competition, particularly in the semifinal round against University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa and the final round against Kabarak University.

Spearheaded annually by the European Law Students Association (ELSA) in collaboration with the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition stands as a beacon of the WTO’s commitment to fostering legal expertise worldwide. At the heart of this competition lies a platform for aspiring legal minds to engage in simulated hearings, grappling with complex cases that mirror real-world trade disputes. This immersive experience not only hones their advocacy skills but also ignites a passion for international trade law.

The trio’s journey to Geneva symbolizes more than just personal achievement; it embodies Africa’s growing presence and prowess in the global legal arena. As they prepare to face off against the world’s best, they carry with them the hopes and aspirations of a continent eager to make its mark on the international stage. Reminiscing on the success this far, Mark says the competition is a testament to what can be achieved when you come together as a team.

“The African Rounds of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition was more than just a competition. It was a journey that brought us together as a team, and created lasting memories. Looking back at the late nights, the intense preparation sessions, the adrenaline rush and nail-biting moments before the verdict, it was all worth it when we held the trophy high as the winners. That was a moment of pure joy and a validation of our team’s hard work, resilience, and the exceptional guidance from our coaches,” said Mark.

On his part, Alex is aware that the work is not yet done. “We are encumbered by the fact that it is not over yet. While our triumph was grand and impressive, it was only the African Rounds. A mammoth still lies ahead in the form of the Global Rounds of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition,” he said.

The trio aspires to replicate the success of a Strathmore University team that triumphed in the Global Round of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition.

“Precedent was set years ago by a team similar to ours, from Strathmore University. We are slightly excited because, even though the road ahead is challenging, the African Rounds have shown us that we possess the strength, the skills, and the spirit to face those challenges and overcome them. If we hone these skills, we can rise to the occasion, take on the world, and hopefully, make our mark in Geneva,” said Alex and Mark. 

Article written by: Stephen Wakhu

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