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Strathmore Law Students shine in Cape Town Arbitration Competition

Kimberly Mureithi, Faith Gathoni, Catherine Penda

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Three Strathmore University Law School students emerged winners in an arbitration moot competition held in Cape Town, South Africa.

The team, representing Kenya, beat students from the University of Pretoria, Johannesburg Bar School and Chinese South West University of Political Science and Law to emerge winners.

The Strathmore team composed of Faith Gathoni (2nd year), Catherine Penda (3rd year) and Kimberly Mureithi (3rd year), tackled Commercial Arbitration Disputes involving procedural issues in arbitration and substantive issues in commercial transactions.

They were coached by Ms Emmah Senge Wabuke, a lecturer at Strathmore and a Harvard University graduate, who engaged them in a two months preparation series for the competition.

“We were given a task that encompassed in-depth research and planning. The opportunity to interact with CAJAC officials and leading professionals in the area of arbitration was a wonderful experience – it was an opportunity to accord us a global perspective of law,” Gathoni said.

“It is through such experiences that we may be molded into well-rounded global legal practitioners.”

The China-Africa joint Arbitration Conference (CAJAC) and International Arbitration Moot Competition was initiated under the Forum for China Africa Cooperation (FOCUS), the FOCUS Legal Forum and the China Law Society and the Arbitration Foundation of Southern Africa (AFSA).

The competition brought together the best university teams from China and Africa to illustrate effective resolution of international commercial disputes.

“The win showed me that I can achieve anything I put effort into. This is my second win on behalf of the school this year. I am really happy. I am also very thankful to all those who contributed to our success. I learnt the importance of teamwork which contributed to our win. We helped each other do our best,” said Catherine.

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