LEARNSPACE FOUNDATION CO-HOSTS 1ST NIGERIAN MANFRED LACHS SPACE LAW MOOT COMPETITION WITH NASRDA; PRESENTS 3 NIGERIAN UNIVERSITIES FOR REGIONALS

BABCOCK UNIVERSITY CLINCHES 2ND POSITION AT THE AFRICAN REGIONAL ROUNDS

From the 14th to the 17th of March, 2022, the Learn Space Foundation in collaboration with the National Space Research  and  Development  Agency  organised the first National Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition for University undergraduates.

The competition took place at the Obasanjo Space Centre (National Space Research and Development Agency (NASRDA) Headquarters), in Abuja, Nigeria.

The judges were: Hon. Justice Adeniyi of the FCT High Court 8, Dr. Isa Yahaya, Director of Legal Services, NASRDA, Dr. Nester Olusola John of ARCSSTE-E and O. A. Atoyebi, SAN represented by an associate of his, Mr. John Oladipo, Esq.

The event was very well attended as they were representatives of the Minister for Science and Technology as well as the representative of the Minister of State.

The Chairman of NBA Bwari Branch, Mr. Monday Adjeh was also in attendance.

Students from 19 Nigerian Universities participated at the Competition and 3 teams emerged as winners. The teams are:

– Obafemi Awolowo University in 1st place.

– Babcock University  in 2nd place and

– University  of Ibadan  in 3rd place.

Upon emerging as the 1st 3, the teams were selected to represent Nigeria at the African Regional rounds of the Competition slated to hold in Pretoria, South Africa.

AFRICAN REGIONAL ROUNDS

Due to restrictions from the Covid 19 pandemic, the African Rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition held virtually from the 12-13 of May, 2022, hosted by the Department of Trade, Industry and Competition (the dtic), South Africa.

8 Universities across the African Continent participated to wit:

Makerere University (Uganda);

University of Pretoria, SA;

University of Fort, SA;

Obafemi Awolowo University, Nigeria;

University of Babcock; Nigeria;

University of Ibadan, Nigeria;

University of Zimbabwe and

Midlands State University (MSU), Zimbabwe.

At the end of the Regional Rounds, Midlands State University (MSU), Zimbabwe, emerged the winners.

Nigeria’s Babcock University emerged as 1st runners-up (2nd position).

Other winners were the University of Ibadan and the University of Pretoria. In addition to the primary awards, the University of Pretoria emerged as the institution with the Best Memorials, and MSU’s Namatai Katsande clinched the Best Oralist award.

The MSU team, a new comer in this competition impressed the judges with knowledge of law, applicable legal practices, articulate analysis as well as impeccable presentation of the points with logical reasoning.

The Memorials for the Regional Competition were judged by private Counsels, Ms Vivianne Muthoni, Mr Ikho Tshweza, Ms Asangire Oprong, and Dr. Maria Nonyana-Mokabane of the dtic.

The Judges for the Orals for the Competition were Mr. Ikho Tshweza, Adv. Icho Kealotswe, and Dr Maria Nonyana-Mokabane of the dtic.

The Midland University will consequently represent Africa at the World Finals of the Competition which will be held as part of the programme of activities of the  International Institute  of Space law (IISL) annual Colloquium. The IISL annual Colloquium is part of the events held during the International Astronautical Congress (IAC)’s Conference which will hold in September, 2022 in Paris, France.

Speaking to Ms Anne Agi, the President of Learnspace Foundation, she informed Spaceagereports that this year’s IAC is scheduled to hold from the 18th to the 22nd of September  in Paris, France.

Ms Anne Agi

She also assured that Learnspace Foundation is committed to advancing space education in Africa and across the globe and would continue to champion events to promote the cause.

She further commended the Nigeria teams for their effort and hardwork and wished the African Team (MSU) goodluck in the finals!😁👍

Miss Nelly Ebruka, a Co-founder and Trustee of Learnspace Foundation also spoke to our correspondent. She  assured that the Foundation will continue to partner with NASRDA and relevant bodies to bring the space law competition closer to Nigeria undergraduates.

Mr. Augustine Ushie and Nelly-Helen Ebruka

Mr. Augustine Ushie, also a Co-founder and Trustee expressed great delight that the undergraduate students were taking an interest in space law. He also assured that Learnspace Foundation will not relent in spreading awareness of space affairs.

Mr. Paul Ebiala and Ms Eyare, also members of LEARNSPACE FOUNDATION where in attendance at the event.

Miss Nelly, Miss Eyare, Ms Anne Agi, Mr. Augustine Ushie and Mr. Paul Ebiala at the Nigerian Rounds in Abuja.

Spaceagereports commends LEARNSPACE FOUNDATION for its work in raising space awareness. Well done Learnspace.

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