Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court
We are looking forward to the 2023 Edition of the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court!
The Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition was established to train law students to use various human rights systems. Written on a cutting-edge topic currently debated, the hypothetical case operates as the basis of the competition. As an attorney representing both the respondent state and the applicant, you will argue the merits of your case by writing two memos and preparing your oral pleadings in front of a panel of eminent human rights experts at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, acting as an international court of justice.
Come to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and excel in the Olympic Games of human rights. Join our team of two students and learn all the essential skills you need for both the bar exam and your professional career at large.
Unilu students will receive up to 18 ECTS credit points for successful participation and you can make your work count as your Master’s thesis.
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The prerequisites for a participation in the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court are:
- Bachelor degree
- Advanced level of English
- Ability to work in a team
- Some knowledge of international human rights law would be an advantage
- Motivation and dedication to work hard.
The deadline to register for the 2023 edition of the Moot Court has closed.
The Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition lasts over one semester. These are the main deadlines for the 2023 edition:
- Application deadline: mid-December 2022 by e-mail
- Selection of team: January 2023
- Case-work and preparation of the memorials (in sessions with the coach and in the team): February-April 2023
- Submission of written memorials by 1 May 2023
- Welcome and Opening Ceremony (Online): 19 May 2023
- Preliminary Rounds (online): 20 to 27 May 2023
- Quarter-finals and Semi-finals and Final Round at the United Nations in Geneva: 17 - 21 July 2023
- earn up to 18 ECTS for successful participation in the Moot Court;
- have your Moot Court count as a Master thesis if desired;
- gain valuable experience in writing a memo and presenting oral arguments;
- gain considerable experience in International Human Rights Law and Public International Law dispute settlement system;
- be exposed to the work of the United Nations;
- meet and interact with senior Human Rights law experts;
- have fun!
Each member of the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court team receives an individual grade which reflects his/her written and oral performance.
The written performance is based upon the involvement and contribution in the drafting of the written submissions, the command of written English, the ability to work in a team, and the legal skills demonstrated in the solving of the Moot problem. The grade for the oral performance reflects the team member's legal presentation skills, the progress made over the course of time, and the persuasiveness of arguments brought forward and presented before the Panel and Appelate Body.
Regarding the weighing of the grade received for the participation in the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court, please refer to the Wegleitung zur Studien- und Prüfungsordnung issued by the University of Lucerne.