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Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition, 2019

Application Deadline: 15th April 2019

Nelson Mandela Human Rights Competition Invitation: Applications are currently ongoing for the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition for Law Students Worldwide. Interested students can see the details and apply if eligible.

Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition Details and FAQs

The Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition is an international human rights law moot court competition.

Participation in the Competition is open to students from all universities in the world. The Competition involves a written phase after which teams are selected for the oral phase. Teams argue a hypothetical case on issues of international human rights law, as if they were before a hypothetical world Human Rights Court, on the basis of the International Bill of Human Rights and other applicable (such as regional) human rights instruments.

The 2018 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.

You are cordially invited to participate in the 11th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition, due to be held from 15 to 19 July 2019, in Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. 

When is the application deadline?

15th April 2019


  • Release of hypothetical case to be argued:10 December 2018
  • Request for clarification of facts: Submit by 12 February 2019
  • Response to requests for clarification of facts: Publicised by 25 February 2019
  • Submission of memorials: Submit by 25 April 2019
  • Announcement of the 50 qualifying teams: 13 April 2019
  • Confirmation of travel details: 1 July 2019

Which countries are eligible to apply?


Host Country:

Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland

What is the category of this opportunity?


How do I know if I’m eligible to participate?

  • 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.

How are selections made?

  • In the preliminary rounds the students submit heads of argument for a hypothetical case, which are assessed by a panel of experts.
  • The best 10 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 two best teams proceed to the final round, which is presided over by judges from international courts and tribunals. The Competition will be held in English and French.

Value of Contest

  • No registration fees are charged
  • However, participants must cover all their own costs (air tickets, accommodation, meals and medical insurance).
  • As participants have to cover all their costs, they are encouraged to begin fundraising as soon as possible. Donors may include embassies, the UN and EU, bar associations and law firms, corporate donors and their own universities.

Duration of Contest:

15 to 19 July 2019

How to Apply for the Programme

Application Webpage

It is important to go through the Contest Guidelines and Application requirements before applying.

Contest Webpage

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