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					                18TH AFRICAN HUMAN RIGHTS MOOT COURT COMPETITION
                 10 – 15 AUGUST 2009, UNIVERSITY OF LAGOS, NIGERIA


                     HUMAN RIGHTS THROUGH THEATRE COMPETITION


                                                RULES


Background and introduction

In the spirit of strengthening cooperation between African law faculties in particular and African
universities in general; underscoring the importance of continuous efforts to make the rights
contained in the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights better known and understood; and
building on the successes and achievements of the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition,
it is decided to institute a Human Rights through Theatre Competition.

Teams of students participating in the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition are invited to
take part in this competition, whose aim it is to promote the ideals of human rights through drama
theatre.

Rules

1.      The Human Rights through Theatre Competition is optional, not compulsory, and is only
        open to teams of students registered for the 2009 African Human Rights Moot Court
        Competition.

2.      Competition participants must submit their entries as a team (of 2 students) and not as
        individuals. This is the same team of two students registered to represent their Faculty and
        University at the 19th African Human Rights Moot Court Competition in Lagos, Nigeria, from
        10 to 15 August 2009.

3.      Each entry will consist of a play with the following specifications:

           The play should be written for a cast of one (such as a soliloquy) or two actors only;
            men and women may play each other’s roles.

           When performed on stage, it must last no longer than 20 minutes and require only
            optional stage props.

           The theme of the play must clearly promote one or more rights contained in the African
            Charter.

           Participants are particularly encouraged to use names, customs and nuances from their
            home country;

           Participants enjoy complete freedom in every aspect of writing their play but may wish
            to bear in mind the importance of respecting alternative views and respecting religious,
            cultural and other sensitivities.

           The play must be written in English, French or Portuguese; although the use of other
            languages is allowed (such as indigenous African languages) this should be restricted to
            short phrases or expressions aimed at ensuring greater authenticity and originality and
            whose meaning can be inferred by non-native speakers from the context in which it has
            been used;
         The play should be type-written in single spacing with margins of 2cm all round and
          use the Times New Roman font in size 12. It should include a cover page with the
          following information:
               o Name of University
               o Name of authors
               o Date of submission
               o The specific articles of the African Charter which are examined or dealt with in
                  the play.

Submission of entries

4.    The closing date for submission of entries for the 2009 Human Rights through
      Theatre Competition is 31 July 2009. Plays must be emailed to
      norman.taku@up.ac.za

5.    The participants agree to give their entries free of rights for the purpose of promoting the
      activities of the Centre for Human Rights in all media worldwide and in perpetuity.

6.    The Centre for Human Rights reserves the right to cancel the Competition if insufficient
      good quality entries are received.

7.    The Centre for Human Rights has the right to reproduce, distribute and exhibit the winning
      entries in conjunction with its activities worldwide and in perpetuity.

8.    The conditions set out in these Rules are binding.

9.    The participants give the Centre for Human Rights permission for unlimited use of the
      material for activities under auspices of the Centre without any remuneration being due.

Jury and selection

10.   Each play will be assessed by the same three judges in each language group, acting
      separately. The final mark will consist of an average of the three judges’ marks.

11.   The 3 judges will include a playwright, a legal academic and a human rights activist. The
      identities of each team will be kept secret from the judges.

12.   The names of the jury members will be announced with the publication of the results. The
      judging will take place in July 2009 and the results announced on 31 July 2009. The jury
      acts independently of the Centre for Human Rights, which has no influence on its decisions.

13.   The Centre for Human Rights may publish the authors’ personal data and their original
      material. Participants must be the 100% owners and creators of the play they submit and
      must ensure that they are not committing copyright infringement.

Winners

14.   Winner: The authors of the two best plays in each language category will be invited to
      perform their play at the Moot Competition in Lagos. The winner in each language category
      will be determined by popular vote by the audience.a

15.   Runners-up: The authors of the runner-up play in each language category, will be also be
      recognised and will be awarded a prize.



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16.   The Competition Prizes will include (among others):

         An invitation to attend the next session of the African Commission on Human
          and Peoples’ Rights in November 2009, and to perform for the members of
          the Commission. All expenses will be paid by the Centre for Human Rights,
          including return air ticket, hotel accommodation and meals.

         An invitation to attend the International Human Rights Day celebrations and
          to perform at the 10th anniversary of the LLM Programme in Human Rights
          and Democratisation in Africa at the Centre for Human Rights, University of
          Pretoria, in December 2009. All expenses will be paid by the Centre including
          return air ticket, hotel accommodation and meals.




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