Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2018

Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2018

Deadline: April 23, 2018

Can you see yourself arguing a hypothetical human rights case before a panel of international lawyers in Geneva? Apply for the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2018. The 10th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition is due to be held from 15 to 20 July 2018, in Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. In the preliminary rounds of the competition, 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.

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.

Cost

  • Although no registration fees are charged, 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.

Prizes

  • Two scholarships will be offered to the winning team of the Competition to participate in a fully-funded three-week summer programme at the University of Lucerne.

Eligibility

  • The Competition is open to undergraduate and master’s degree students from all institutions of tertiary education in the world;
  • A team of two students from each university – preferably one woman and one man – is invited to participate.

Application

Click here to register for the competition

For more information, see FAQ or visit Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition.

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