Team South Africa has done the country and continent proud, beating 18 other countries in the High School International Moot Court Competition. The team presented their arguments before a panel of global law experts and judges.

Clara-Marie Macheke and Claire Rankin beat strong favourites, the U.S. team to be crowned winners, eNCA reported.

Commenting on the victory, Macheke said: “It was honestly incredible. The proudest moment of my life. We went up against the USA and won. This shows that we are all capable of working together to achieve the best results”.

High School International Moot Court Competitors. Photo: Justice Resource Centre

High School International Moot Court Competitors. Photo: Justice Resource Centre

Rankin added: “It all paid off in the end. I think we realised early on that we could do better than the USA, who were very intimidating and were the clear favourites,” eNCA reported.

According to the Justice Resource Centre who hosted the competition, the 2016 case was based on war crimes and crimes against humanity. Team South Africa argued from a position defending a war criminal, accused of supplying weapons used to bomb a church.

Team SA competed against other learners from Argentina, China, Bulgaria, Germany, USA, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, Venezuela and Sweden.

Macheke and Rankin, who are Springfield Convent School learners won the 2015 National Schools Moot Court competition, in which they debated on constitutional matters around sexual orientation, presenting their arguments before a panel of Constitutional Court judges.

Source: eNCA