Kenya’s Strathmore University beats Harvard in WTO competition


A team of three students from Strathmore University defeated Harvard Law School in the final of a global law school competition held in Geneva, Switzerland.

Strathmore University trio beats Harvard in global law school competition.

Mishael Wambua, Kandalla Maleehah, and Catherine Penda became the first African team to win the John H. Jackson Moot Court on World Trade Organization (WTO) Law Competition.

They also beat teams from Ethiopia, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania, Lesotho, Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Nigeria and Uganda to represent African at the competition’s seventeenth edition.

During the competition, participants were required to prepare and analyze a fictive case.

They were then required to present their arguments both for the complainant and the respondent in front of a panel which comprises of WTO and trade law experts.

In addition to well-deserved accolades and kudos, the trio also earned a variety of scholarships, internships and traineeships for the win.

The moot court competition is organised annually by the European Law Students’ Association (ELSA) in partnership with the World Trade Organisation as a simulation of WTO Panel dispute settlement proceedings.

The aim is to build awareness of the WTO dispute settlement systems by providing law students around the world with legal knowledge and skill to build global legal capacity.


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