The Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition is open to undergraduate and Masters students from all universities in the world. Teams of two students (gender diversity is encouraged) from every university in the world are invited to submit heads of argument for a hypothetical human rights case.
The best 10 teams from each of the five UN region are then invited to participate in the online preliminary rounds. The 50 teams (with the highest memorial grades) have to argue the two sides of the hypothetical case, representing, alternatively, both the Applicant and the Respondent before a ‘bench’ of human rights experts and judges of international tribunals.
- Program Sponsor(s): Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court
- Host Institution(s): The Commonwealth Secretariat
- Funding Amount: Funded
- Number of Awards: Several
- Study Level: Undergraduate and Masters students
- Nationality: Worldwide
Applicants must meet all of the following criteria to be eligible to apply for the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition:
- Applications is open to Undergraduate and Masters students from all universities in the world
- Be studying at a recognised university
- Demonstrate the need for economic support to participate in the world moot
The Sixteenth Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition adopts a hybrid format, with the in-person final rounds scheduled to take place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland from 15 – 19 July 2024 and the preliminary virtual rounds (online) scheduled to take place from 14 – 21 May 2024.
The Competition Organised by
- Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria
- Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University, Washington College of Law
- The Commonwealth Secretariat, and
- United Nations Human Rights Council Branch (HRCB) at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
With the financial support of:
- European Union through the Global Campus of Human Rights
- Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the United Nations Office and to the other international organisations in Geneva
- South African Permanent Mission to the United Nations Office in Geneva and
- The Regional Office for Southern Africa (ROSA) of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
How-to-Apply: Interested applicants for The Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition should submit application online for the competition.
For more information, please contact the Nelson Mandela World Moot Court Competition Coordinator Mr Tapiwa Mhuru [email protected].
Application Deadline: April 21, 2024