CCF hosts inaugural Annual Human Rights Moot Court Competition
The Citizens’ Constitutional Forum (CCF) is proud to host its inaugural Annual Human Rights Moot Court Competition. The Competition is designed to improve awareness and interest in human rights and to train law students to encourage a dynamic and robust environment in human rights law enforcement and practice in Fiji.
The Annual Human Rights Moot Court Competition, which will be held on Friday, 16th September at the Suva High Court No. 2, is supported by the European Union’s ”Fiji in Transition towards a Sustainable Democracy in Fiji” project implemented by the CCF.
CCF Programme Manager, Ken Cokanasiga, says that the moot court competition will help boost law students’ interest in the area, creating the demand and market for well-trained human rights lawyers as the likely consequence for a healthy and robust human rights law and practice in Fiji and the Pacific Region.
The EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, H.E Andrew Jacobs says: “The EU is proud to support the development of students in human rights. ‘Fiji in Transition’ project aims to strengthen civil society engagement and partnerships with institutions, to encourage active citizenship and to advocate for participatory and representative democracy. Through this project, the EU aims to facilitate dialogue between civil society and the government on civil and political rights.”
CCF will host a discussion after the moot court competition on the theme “Human Rights Law and Practice in Fiji: Challenges and Opportunities” in the Fijian jurisdiction.
Fiji National University third year law student Leona Panapasa will be participating in the moot court competition for the first time and she is looking forward to the competition.
“This event will be the first ever moot court competition that we will participate in and for us this is good because we see it as an opportunity to show the people that FNU does offer law studies and also has potential students to represent anyone in court or with any legal matter,” said Ms Panapasa.
University of the South Pacific’s third year law student Ziyad Parvez feels that the competition will better enhance his understanding on human rights practice in Fiji.
“Apart from trying to gain experience it would be interesting to see how international conventions and constitutional provisions are applied before the court and how those limitations actually prohibit the application of human rights laws,” said Mr. Parvez.
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