APPLICATION FOR THE 2020 EDITION - Information will be published in fall 2019

The Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition was established to train law students to use various human rights systems. Written on a cutting-edge topic currently debated, the hypothetical case operates as the basis of the competition. As an attorney representing both the respondent state and the applicant, you will argue the merits of your case by writing two memos and preparing your oral pleadings in front of a panel of eminent human rights experts at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, acting as an international court of justice.

Come to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and excel in the Olympic Games of human rights. Join our team of two students and learn all the essential skills you need for both the bar exam and your professional career at large.

Unilu students will receive up to 18 ECTS credit points for successful participation and you can make your work count as your Master’s thesis.

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How to apply

The prerequisites for a participation in the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court are:

  • Bachelor degree
  • Advanced level of English
  • Ability to work in a team
  • Some knowledge of international human rights law would be an advantage
  • Motivation and dedication to work hard.

To apply please send a motivation letter and your CV to


The Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition lasts over one semester. These were the main deadlines for the 2020 edition:

  • Application deadline: 30 november 2019 by e-mail to Ankita Shanker
  • Selection of team by mid-december 2019
  • Publication of the case by mid-december 2019
  • April 2020 submission of written memorials
  • July 2020 final oral rounds at the United Nations in Geneva

Why join the team

You will

  • earn up to 18 ECTS for successful participation in the Moot Court; 
  • have your Moot Court count as a Master thesis if desired; 
  • gain valuable experience in writing a memo and presenting oral arguments; 
  • gain considerable experience in International Human Rights Law and Public International Law dispute settlement system;
  • be exposed to the work of the United Nations;
  • meet and interact with senior Human Rights law experts; 
  • have fun!


Each member of the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court team receives an individual grade which reflects his/her written and oral performance.

The written performance is based upon the involvement and contribution in the drafting of the written submissions, the command of written English, the ability to work in a team, and the legal skills demonstrated in the solving of the Moot problem. The grade for the oral performance reflects the team member's legal presentation skills, the progress made over the course of time, and the persuasiveness of arguments brought forward and presented before the Panel and Appelate Body.

Regarding the weighing of the grade received for the participation in the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court, please refer to the Wegleitung zur Studien- und Prüfungsordnung issued by the University of Lucerne.