Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition
The 9th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition will be held at Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland from 18 to 21 July 2017
You are cordially invited to participate in the 9th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition, due to be held from 18 to 21 July 2016, in Palais des Nations, in Geneva, Switzerland. The Competition is presented by the Centre for Human Rights, based at the University of Pretoria, with the support of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, in collaboration with the Regional Office for Southern Africa of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (ROSA).
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 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.
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.
Hypothetical Case 2017
For more information, please contact the Nelson Mandela World Moot Court Competition Coordinator, Eduardo Kapapelo, preferably by email at
Registration opens 27 October 2016
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
- Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria
- Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
in partnership with
- Global Campus of Regional Human Rights Masters Programme
with the financial support of
- Mission Permanente de la Suisse auprès des Nations Unies à Genève
- Permanent Mission of Ireland to the United Nations in Geneva
- European Union
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid bin Ra'ad Al-Hussein at the 6th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition (2014)