This first-ever African regional round in a global WTO moot court competition will encourage further development of international trade law and related studies in African universities and highlight the benefits which African countries gain through WTO membership”, she said.

At a WTO moot court competition student teams present fictional WTO cases before panels of WTO experts in a simulated WTO dispute settlement proceeding. The WTO has a long tradition of supporting WTO moot court competitions by providing experts to serve as judges and hosting competitions at the WTO premises in Geneva.

African universities have not yet been able to participate in the ELSA moot court competitions or to host a regional qualifying round, but consistent with its efforts to promote legal studies in developing countries and to develop capacity in WTO dispute settlement in Africa, the WTO launched a process inviting bids from African universities to host a regional round.

The African regional round will be organized by the European Law Students Association (ELSA), and will take place in early 2014. The WTO will be providing some financial support to the host university. Adding an African regional round will ensure that the ELSA WTO Moot Court competition will, for the first time, have participants from around the world.

The WTO is supporting this initiative in order to encourage a self-sustaining regional round in subsequent years similar to other regional rounds held in Europe, Asia and the Americas. 

More on the ELSA Moot Court Competition on WTO Law.

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