17 January 2018

The 10th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition is now open

17 January 2018 - The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, South Africa are inviting students from around the world to participate in the 10th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition, which will be held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, from 15 July to 20 July 2018.

The competition, which is held in English and French this year, is open to undergraduate and masters students from universities around the world. Each university is invited to select two students who will submit written legal arguments for the opposing sides in a fictional dispute involving some of the burning human rights issues of the day. The teams with the highest scores from each of the United Nations five regions are then invited to participate in the final, oral rounds in the Human Rights Council Chamber in the Palais des Nations. The case will be heard by a panel of international jurists, including judges from international tribunals. The deadline for registration is 16 April 2018.

The World Human Rights Moot Court Competition has been presented every year for the last nine years, and has become a leading human rights educational event. This year’s edition marks not only the tenth year of the contest; it is also an opportunity to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela.

Find out more about the requirements to participate in the 10th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition here.