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Center for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD) invites universities with schools/faculties of law in Uganda to participate in the 10th Annual National Inter-University Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition. The moot is scheduled to take place on 26th and 27th October 2023.

The 10th Annual National Inter-University Constitutional Law Moot Court Competition is themed; “Advancing Reproductive Health and Gender Justice in Uganda”

Uganda’s Constitution articulates a commitment to attain gender equality, but there is still a gap between policy and practice. Ensuring accountability for the realization of sexual and reproductive health and rights is a human rights obligation and a central tenet of advancing gender justice. Uganda has a high maternal mortality ratio, and there are still challenges in ensuring the right to reproductive health services and information. Promoting gender-equitable attitudes and behaviours and improving sexual and reproductive health are essential to advancing gender equality and sexual and reproductive health among adolescents.

This year’s competition will enable students to debate on how access to information as a key component of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) for young people promotes their sexual and reproductive health, and gender justice. They will dissect the extent to which the lack or information on sexual and reproductive health bears a ripple effect on the right to Education and Health through the use of a hypothetical moot problem.

Students will demonstrate the need or otherwise, for the advancement of reproductive health and gender justice through access to information by highlighting the Constitutional rights, referencing international treaties and conventions that Uganda has ratified, emphasizing the obligation to promote and protect reproductive health and gender equality.  The students will also break down gender justice by discussing the need to address sexual and gender-based violence, discrimination, and harmful cultural practices that affect girls and young women and marginalized groups in Uganda clearly denoting how that is easier when young people are empowered with age-appropriate information.

The main objective of the Moot is to train students in practical aspects of litigating health and human rights within Uganda’s Courts of Law. This kind of arrangement helps bring out lawyers that understand key constitutional and health issues beyond what they are taught in class. The Moot specifically aspires to train students in legal writing, professional conduct and demeanour, court decorum and trial advocacy while arguing cases and preparation of Court pleadings.

We call upon universities that are interested in participating to fill »» this form as an expression of interest to participate by Friday, 30th June, 2023 at 5:00 PM (EAT).

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