Application Deadline: 12 June 2017|
The Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, South Africa, in collaboration with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and other partners, is organizing the 9th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition at the Palais des Nations in Geneva from 18 to 21 July 2017.
The competition, which is held in English, is open to undergraduate and masters law students from universities around the world. Students are invited to argue a hypothetical human rights case before a panel of top international lawyers.
The competition is expected to bring together up to 75 participants from as many as 25 universities representing the five UN regional groups.
- The Competition is open to both undergraduate and master’s degree law students. A team of two students from each university – preferably one woman and one man – is invited to participate.
- In the preliminary rounds the students submit heads of argument for a hypothetical case, which are assessed by a panel of experts.
- The best 5 teams from each UN region are then invited to participate in the pre-final and final rounds of the Competition in Geneva. Here, teams have to argue the two sides of the hypothetical case, the Applicant and the Respondent, before a ‘bench’ of human rights experts.
- The 2017 Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition will include a one-day event, designed to expose students to the work of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights as well as the Human Rights Council. This will involve personal interaction with senior staff members of both institutions who are involved key activities and processes. This practical exercise promises to be an eye –opening and personally enriching series of encounters which will add value to what many World Moot participants have already described as the highlight of their university studies.
- Registration closes 12 June 2017|
- Release of hypothetical case to be argued
1 January 2017
- Request for clarification of facts
Submit by 10 April 2017
- Response to requests for clarification of facts
Publicised by 3 May 2017
- Submission of memorials
Submit by 12 June 2017
- Announcement of the 25 qualifying teams
19 June 2017
- Confirmation of travel details
3 July 2017
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