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  • 2019-10-28 20:13:33

Unical Wins World Best Oralist Competition

The University of Calabar has won the World Best Oralist Competition held at the National Aeronautics Space Administration, NASA, Headquarters, Washington DC, United States of America. The University, which fielded students of its Faculty of Law that represented the continent of Africa at the International Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition, also emerged Runners-up in the competition. The event was part of activities marking the 2019 International Astronomical Congress, IAC. Reacting to news of the triumph of Unical students, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. zana Akpagu, said that he was proud of the achievements and very positive about all national and international accolades Unical is receiving under his watch. He said that he was not surpfised as Unical has produced some of the best Legal Practitioners in Nigeria and the world at large. He recalled that the current President of the International Criminal Court, Justice Chile Eboe-Osuji, is a Unical law graduate, noting that he will not rest on his oars to ensure the University takes its righful place in the league of Nigerian Universities. At the semi-finals of the global contest, the Unical Team triumphed over their challengers from North America represented by students of McGill University, Canada, to book a spot in the finals. At the Finals, Unical competed against the winners of the European Regional Rounds from the University of Ljublijana, Slovena, and emerged Runners-up while a member of the team, Mr. Augustine Ushie, won the Best Oralist of the entire competition. Annually, the International Institute of Space Law, IISL, organizes the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition with over 60 teams participating from across the world. The African Regional Round was hosted in Pretoria, South Africa, in May, 2019, by the South African Department of Trade and Industry, where the University of Calabar beat 5 other universities to emerge as the African Champions.

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