Midlands State University (MSU) has emerged as the winner of the 2022 African regional rounds of the Manfred Lachs Space Moot Competition. The Manfred Lachs Space Moot competition is an annual space moot competition organised by the International Institute of Space Law (IISL). The competition is in regional stages; each region – Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America – sends its representatives to the world finals, held on the sidelines of the International Astronomy Convention. The African regional round usually takes place in Pretoria, South Africa, where student teams from universities in Africa compete to represent the continent at the world finals.
Due to the pandemic, the African regional round was virtual. Eight schools participated, with MSU coming first. Nigeria’s Babcock University and the University of Pretoria were first and second runners-up. In addition to the primary awards, the University of Pretoria emerged as the institution with the Best Memorials, and MSU’s Namatai Katsande clinched the Best Oralist award. Other participating institutions were Makerere University, University Of Zimbabwe, University of Fort Hare, Obafemi Awolowo University, and the University of Ibadan.
The IISL’s Lachs competition is unique because the International Court of Justice judges preside over the World Final. The world finals competition takes place within the IISL’s annual Colloquium. The colloquium is an event in the International Astronautical Congress which holds on a different continent each year. The Lachs competition offers an unparalleled learning experience to all teams at all levels in a fair and cordial environment.