Nelson Mandela 14th World Human Rights Moot Court Competition 2022

Nelson Mandela 14th World Human Rights Moot Court Competition… See Basic eligibility criteria for the competition below.


This competition offers undergraduate and master’s students an opportunity to challenge the world’s best law students in prevalent human rights issues.

If you think you are good, then this competition is for you.

14th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition

If you know that you can argue a hypothetical human rights case before a panel of international lawyers in Geneva;

Then, you are cordially invited to participate in the fourteenth Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition.

This year, the competition adopts a hybrid format, with the in-person final rounds scheduled at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, from 18 – 21 July 2022 and the preliminary virtual rounds (online) scheduled to take place from 20 – 31 May 2022.

About the Competition

Each year undergraduate and master’s students who wish to participate in the competition submit written legal arguments for the two opposing sides in a fictional dispute involving some of the burning contemporary human rights issues.

The ten teams from each of the five UN regions with the highest scores for the written arguments are then invited to participate in the final, oral rounds in Geneva, where they argue the case before eminent international jurists, including judges from international tribunals.

The Centre for Human Rights based at the Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, in partnership with the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, Washington College of Law, American University and the United Nations Human Rights Council Branch (HRCB) at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) hosts the event.

Oral Presentation

  • Both team members must act as oralists during any round. No team may argue for longer than 30 minutes (including rebuttal) during the oral preliminary, quarter-final, semi-final or final rounds.
  • One oralist may not use more than 20 minutes during the preliminary, quarter-final, semi-final or final rounds. Rebuttal may not exceed 5 minutes.
  • Only the Applicant has the opportunity for rebuttal. Faculty Representatives should ensure that both students are prepared to deliver the full argument for the team. If one of the students falls ill or unforeseen circumstances occur, the other participant should be able to argue the case ex parte.

Competition Cost

  • The teams selected to participate in the preliminary rounds in Geneva are expected to cover their travelling costs and the cost of accommodation and meals. However, limited financial assistance is available to help cover accommodation and meals.

Eligibility Criteria 

  • The competition is open to both undergraduate and master’s degree students from all universities in the world
  • A team of two students from each university is invited to participate.
  • The competition is presented in English, French, and Spanish. Knowledge of any of these languages is important.

How to Participate in the 14th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition

Interested candidates who meet the criteria listed above should apply by clicking on the “LEARN MORE” button below:


For more information, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page of this post.

Thank you.


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