The 10th edition of the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition will be held from 15th – 20th July 2018, in the Palais des nations, Geneva, Switzerland. 


The Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition is organized by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria and the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) in Geneva, in collaboration with the Regional Office for Southern Africa of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (ROSA).

The 2018 edition is organized 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 and the European Union.


Participation is open to law students at both undergraduate and masters degree level. 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 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.

          Nelson Mandela Moot Court Competition Calendar 2018

·         Registration
Registration opens 20th December, 2017 and closes 16th April, 2018

·         To Register, click here

·         Release of hypothetical case to be argued

·         20th December 2017

·         The hypothetical case to be argued has already been released. To get                              hypothetical case, click here

·         Request for clarification of facts

·         Submit by 12th February 2018

·         Response to requests for clarification of facts

·         Publicised by 26th February 2018

·         Submission of memorials

·         Submit by 16th  April 2018

·         Announcement of the 50 qualifying teams

·         30th  April 2018

·        Confirmation of travel details

·         2nd July 2018

         Additional Information

·         For more details, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page

·         Download the World Moot Court brochure (2014)

For more information, please contact the Nelson Mandela World Moot Court          Competition Coordinator, Eduardo Kapapelo, preferably by email                   at or click here

 Download invitation letter in English

For other information on the competition, click here