World Human Rights Moot Court Competition

The world will celebrate the 61st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on 10th December.

The University of Pretoria with the support of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will, during the week leading up to the celebrations of 10 December, present the first World Human Rights Moot Court Competition.

The Competition will focus on and carry further the theme identified by the OHCHR for the celebrations, namely ‘Discrimination’.

Participation in the Moot will be open to students from all institutions of higher learning in the world.

The languages used for the event will be English and French.

Each university will be invited to enter a team of two students – preferably one woman and one man.

The first round will be in written form.

A hypothetical problem focusing on the issue of discrimination will be set, as if it will be adjudicated by a hypothetical International Human Rights Court, on the basis of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other applicable (such as regional) human rights instruments.

The students have to submit heads of argument in the prescribed format.

Simultaneous translation will be provided where necessary.

There will then be five final rounds, and the winner of each UN region will be identified (there is consequently no overall winning team).

The Competition is open to students who are undertaking a first degree in law.

Participation in the competition is not restricted to law students, but it is expected that in most cases the teams participating in this event will be comprised of students who study law.

Deadline: 20th October

For more information and application, visit: World Human Rights Moot Court Competition Website

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