Debates and Moot Court Competition

In a bid to promote multi-faceted sharing of knowledge and discussions, ILRAJ will work with SIERRA EYE Magazine and others to organize a series of debates on key national issues. The debates will seek to provide an opportunity for citizens and university and school students to rigorously and objectively discuss issues and build their public speaking skills and confidence in the art and skills of debating. In schools and colleges, debates provide transformational experiences for the participants and help create leaders. ILRAJ and Sierra Eye will partner with a number of organizations including the Sierra Leone Bar Association and a number of civil society groups to provide focused and informed discourse that will help inform and educate the general populace. There are many sides to the numerous national issues, the debates will help ensure that all sides have a fair opportunity and space to express their divergent opinions in a constructive manner. The debates are non-political and are purely aimed at scrutinizing public policy, which is a key hallmark of democracy. Its primary objective is to promote the ability to conceive, articulate, and evaluate arguments which is the lifeblood of democracy and society and the essential role it plays to the development of an engaged and ethical individual living in contemporary technological democratic society.”

The Moot Court Competition aims to provide training for Sierra Leonean law students and improve their participation in regional and international competitions. It provides an opportunity to debate a cutting-edge topic in the law as well as recent developments in policy. The competition is geared toward any law students at law school or at universities in Sierra Leone. Competing in this event will test your skills and provide an invaluable opportunity to meet and interact with other law students interested in law as well as experienced professionals. Students will be given a hypothetical case and they will argue for one of the parties in the case by writing legal memoranda and preparing oral arguments for presentation in front of a panel of judges.