Fungai Lupande Mashonaland Central Bureau
Nyasha Chiramba a 5th-year law student at Zimbabwe Ezekiel Guti University (ZEGU) left the country on Monday for Amsterdam and Belgium leading a team of Zimbabwean law students for an international moot competition.
Chiramba together with Chiedza Banda and Lincoln Majogo from the University of Zimbabwe (UZ) were selected to take part in the international migration and refugee law moot court competition being held in the two countries.
The competition will use the shuffling system where winners will be placed in rainbow teams consisting of students from other countries until the final round.
ZEGU Pro-Vice chancellor Professor Evelyn Garwe said the competitions are of great merit to the university which is currently the only private university offering the Law Degree in Zimbabwe.
“To be represented by its product and in a leadership position, in this case, becomes a great inspiration that a university that has been originated by a local black missionary Professor Ezekiel Guti, takes lead in international issues,” she said.
“Such footprints lead to a more innovative Zimbabwe, evident in the products that come out of institutions of higher education.”
Prof Garwe said the competition seeks to bring students interested in International migration and asylum law from around the world.
This gives them a chance to sharpen their analytical, drafting and pleading skills as well as to broaden their network with colleagues from other universities and judges who are experts in the field, she said.
The competition consists of a written first round and then a two-day oral second round where a fictitious case is presented.
“The participant ought to represent the client and the state at the same time. As the case develops new elements will be introduced and an entirely new migration law topic will be prepared and presented,” said Prof Garwe.
“The challenging characteristic of International Migration and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition is that the case develops throughout the competition. It makes Zimbabwe proud to be participating in such a competition, which places its students among the world’s think tanks.”