Law students asked to diversify

By James Wakahiu
Mount Kenya University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Stanley Waudo, has asked Kenyan law students to diversify so they could be of more value when they get into practice.


  He said such students should, for instance, study space law.
 “There is urgent need for Kenyan law students to study space law so that they can
be involved in space exploration,” said Prof Waudo during a capacity building workshop in international space law in Nairobi.
  The workshop, organized by MKU was the culmination of the second round moot court competition by MKU, University of Pretoria, South Africa, Zululand University of Swaziland and University of Obafemy in Nigeria. The competition was held at the MKU Nairobi campus.

 
Participants in the moot court competition. PHOTOS: James Wakahiu

 Prof. Stanley Waudo said over 10,000 satellites and other bodies are believed to have been deposited in the outer space, with most “having become obsolete and need to be cleared.” Such objects, he said, pose risks to the environmental.
 “It is not inconceivable that some people may soon wish to establish malls and hotels on the moon and other celestial bodies. People will want to acquire plots or ranches in outer space. At the moment, the United Nations considers outer space as space that cannot be appointed by any state. But we would benefit better if individuals were allowed to possess or own part of outer space as private property. These and other issues require the input of lawyers,” said Prof Waudo.

 

Prof Stanley Waudo and Ms Grace Njoroge, MKU council chairperson during the law pace law workshop.

The VC said MKU School of Law, the first law school in Kenya to consider space law, would continue to introduce new programmes.
“In fact, our students have been very active in space law related moot court activities,” said Prof Waudo.


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