MOOT COURT COMPETITION

Concept note presented by Victory Attorneys & Consultants

Introduction

This is Moot Court Competition organized by Victory Attorneys & Consultants, it substantially aims at bringing together law students from various Higher Learning Institutions within Tanzania, to argue for or against various contemporary unsettling legal issues.

The competition aims at connecting people in the legal arena, stakeholders and the individuals in the authoritative sectors to deliberate upon the moot court proceedings and to make positive viable contributions as possible solutions to the legal problem which is the subject of the moot court competition.

The firm has drawn inspiration from other countries such as the United States of America, where law firms are exceptionally instrumental in founding, structuring and sponsoring local and international moot court competitions, with the aim of nurturing the industriousness of young minds and providing mentorship to law students. This being an implementation of a long-term plan in the course of engineering a better legal regime.

Definition

A moot court is a legal competition which in itself is a technique of imparting legal knowledge and legal skills that necessitates participants (who are mostly law students) to scrutinize/analyze and argue both sides of a hypothetical legal issue using legal authorities and procedures modeled after the particular legal issue, dependent of the jurisdiction under which the legal issue is fashioned.

Motives

These are the factors that have pushed our firm to birth the idea of initiating the competition; these owe their genesis from the judgment of the state of legal affairs in Tanzania and in other jurisdictions and the contemporary global trends on legal reformations and investment.

  • The major push which has incited Victory Attorneys & Consultants to initiate this national wide competition is the current state of ignorance and inexperience of most students and lawyers on the overall current state of the mining industry and practice in Tanzania.
  • Another push factor is the lack of enthusiasm from other institutions in engaging themselves in this undertaking;  this is essentially the firm’s give back to the community, we believe that through this competition, the firm shall fulfil its duty to the society and the country at large; presently and for the future.
  • Finally, the nature of the contemporary legal regime, its uncertainties and complexities acting as encumbrances in various sectors of development; the deficiency in the zeal amongst the upcoming lawyers, those already in practice and those in various influential sectors on acting for and/or against virtues and vices present in the legal reforms.

Objectives

These are the goals which the firm aims to attain through conducting the national moot court competition.

  • To impart and enhance legal analysis skills amongst the participants; the larger purpose is to teach students the practical side of practicing law; this is through providing the participants with a detailed hypothetical fact scenario that raises more legal issues.
  • To vest students with the spirit of overcoming and arguing for or against laws, legal practice through the use of statutes, regulations, cases and legal practice of Tanzania and from other persuasive jurisdictions that support their arguments.
  • To confer onto the minds of the students the soft skills of persuasiveness both orally and in writing; this will later assist them to argue for or against or advocate for the change in the laws in the course of establishing a more sounding legal regime.
  • To implant the spirit of enthusiasm amongst the participants and the audience to sympathize and take cognizance of the resultant effects of having an unstable legal regime, and cultivating in them the vigor needed to effect changes.

Conclusion

The Victory Attorneys National Moot Court Competition shall be momentous in effecting new thinking and creativeness amongst law students, lawyers and the people in the authoritative sectors; in the course of getting rid of the impetuous rigidity present in the law, through deliberating upon the possible solutions that will save the country from falling into the abyss of self-destruction.

This may in turn perpetuate the creation of a conducive environment and certainty in the law, in order to foster smooth operation of various entities engaged in philanthropy, investment and other activities.

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    RESTORING OF BAHARI BEACH HOTEL

    We have managed to advice and work with the government of Libya through its investment company LAICO in restoring its property in Tanzania the Bahari Beach Hotel Limited.

    HANDLING CLIENTS ON USAID PROJECTS AND EU FUNDS

    We have managed to advise over 20 International and Local NGOs and other not-for-profit entities on legal and regulatory compliance, most especially in the advent of legal 2019 amendments. Our firm boasts experience in handling clients on USAID projects and EU funds.

    SECURED THE BEST PLEAS DEALS WITH THE DIRECTOR FOR PUBLIC PROSECUTION (DPP)

    We have secured the best pleas deals/plea agreement with the office of the Director for Public Prosecution (DPP) for clients in the Banking & Finance, Telecoms and Wildlife, Tourism and Leisure industries.

    HANDLING LIQUIDATION FOR THE FIRST INSURANCE COMPANY

    We have created a precedent on Corporate Restructuring & Insolvency through handling liquidation for the first insurance company undergoing voluntary winding up.

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    Augustine Dominic Shio

    Managing Partner

    Augustine Dominic Shio is also known as Mr Shio is a highly sought-after and widely recognized criminal law expert with more than 30 years of experience advising and assisting corporations and individuals charged with white-collar crimes.

    Overview

    Before founding the firm Mr Shio held several positions in the public sector, he served as a Principal State Attorney at the Attorney General’s Chambers, Legal Advisor at the President’s Office (Commission for Enforcement of the Leadership Code), Director of Legal Services and Complaints at the Ministry of Home Affairs and retired as a Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions at the Directorate of the Public Prosecutions.

    Mr Shio is a recipient of the Presidential Medal for his distinctive public services and ethics of the highest order. His distinguished aptitude in handling complex criminal cases, particularly money laundering, economic and organized crimes has enabled the firm to handle high profile criminal cases in Tanzania.

    Practice Focus

    As the firm’s head of the Financial & Organized Crimes Department, Mr Shio represents corporations and individuals in the telecoms, media & ICT, mining, oil & gas and banking sectors in high profile criminal cases. He has advised and prepared legal compliance models and for large scale agribusiness operators, public listed companies and securities dealers and brokers in line with sector-specific laws.

    He possesses vast experience in advising multinational corporations on money laundering and tax evasion throughout the life span of their commercial transactions.

    Mr Shio has represented clients in major plea bargaining negotiations at the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions. He is renowned for closing some of the best pleas deals in the country on behalf of many locals and expatriates charged with money laundering, economic and organized crimes and cybercrimes. Additionally, Mr Shio consults and assists criminally charged individuals to secure pre-trail and post-trial bail on serious criminal charges.

    Education

    Mr Shio holds a Bachelor’s Degree (LL.B Hons) from the University of Dar es Salaam, Certificate in Criminal Justice and Treatment of Offenders from the United Nations Institute (Fuchu, Japan). He is a certified criminal law expert in Money Laundering and Terrorism.