By James, Michael Igiri
Team Unilag has won the first edition of the West Africa Regional Round of Price Media Law Moot Court
Competition with a unanimous decision from judges at an event which lasted about 5hours on
Wednesday, 8th February 2017.
The weeklong event which was hosted by the institute of Advanced Legal Studies headquartered at the
Faculty of Law complex, saw the contingent from the Empire African Institute, Ghana clinging the second
In a judgement delivered on behalf of a five-man panel comprising Human Rights Lawyer and President
West Africa Bar Association (WABA), Femi Falana SAN; renowned Professor of Mass Communication,
and Chairman Centre of Excellence in Multimedia and Cinematography, Prof. Ralph Akinfeleye; Hon.
Justice (Mrs) Latifat Folami; International Human Rights Law Researcher, and Oxford Lecturer Thiago
Pinto; Chairman of the panel Justice of the Appeal Court, Sir Hon. Justice Biobele Abraham Georgewill
revealed that he was impressed with the level of discussions and arguments put forth in the course of
He thanked the organisers of the event- Faculty of Law, University of Lagos in collaboration with
University of Oxford, UK- for creating a platform, “that is bound to create an exposure for students
studying law in various Universities around the West African sub-region.”
In his remark, Femi Falana (SAN) observed that although the case for debate is set within a court with an
international jurisdiction, participating teams had made all their citations from local courts in the United
States, UK, and France.
“As Judges we had expected that most of the citations made in respect of the case before us would
come from world, and regional courts like the ICC, and African Regional Court. This is because, although
the court is sitting here, its jurisdiction is international; and I hope that going on from here you all will
make appropriate researches on cases before you.” He said
He concluded by thanking all participating universities and wished the students well in their future
endaevour especially as they prepare for the world Moot Court competition scheduled to hold at Oxford
University, UK later in the year.
The three-day event had eight universities- National Open University; Obafemi Awolowo University;
University of Benin; University of Ibandan; Lagos State University; University of Lagos; Benue State
University; and the Empire African Institute, Ghana.
Earlier on Tuesday evening, a dinner held in honour of the participating teams, members of the
Judiciary, and other invited guests, with a brief lecture delivered by Honourable Minister of Information
and Culture, Mr. Lai Mohammed on issues surrounding hate speeches with examples from the 2015
general elections in Nigeria. In his closing remarks the minister warned of the impeding danger inherent
in not regulating the internet, and therefore urged students, academics, as well as members of the
judiciary to take steps to address the problem.