Nelson Mandela World Moot Court Competition

The Nelson Mandela World Moot Court Competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students from all universities worldwide. Teams of two students from every university in the world are invited to submit heads of argument for a fictitious human rights case. Gender diversity is encouraged.

Host: University of Pretoria
Open to: International Students
Target: Undergraduates, Postgraduates
Deadline:  not specified

The 50 teams that received the highest memorial grades are invited to the preliminary oral rounds at the UN’s Geneva headquarters, where they will present their cases to judges of international tribunals and human rights experts.

Apply Now: Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme 2023 for African Entrepreneurs

The Moot Court Competition hosts the world’s biggest gathering of scholars, students, and judges who are interested in the subject of human rights. All students worldwide are eligible to enter the competition. The competition is open to teams of two students from each university, ideally with one woman and one man.

Eligibility Criteria| Nelson Mandela World Moot Court Competition

The Nelson Mandela World Moot Court Competition is open to undergraduate and master’s degree students from all institutions of tertiary education in the world.


  • The top 10 teams from each UN region are then requested to take part in the online qualifying rounds. Then, teams must present alternately both the Applicant and the Respondent before a “bench” of human rights specialists to argue the two sides of the hypothetical case.
  • The 16 top teams advance to the Octofinal rounds, which are held in person and are overseen by international human rights experts. The competition’s presentation languages are Spanish, French, and English.

The Fifteenth Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition adopts a hybrid format, with the in-person final rounds scheduled to take place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland from 18 – 21 July 2023 and the preliminary virtual rounds (online) scheduled to take place from 20 – 27 May 2023.

Apply Now: Keio University GIGA Scholarships for International Students 2023/24

Application Procedure

Registration has two stages:

Stage 1: Faculty Registration:
Individuals must register their faculty’s institutional information in this phase, along with the team leader’s contact information. Such a person could be the faculty representative, or in the absence of a faculty representative, one of the team members.

Stage 2: Individual registration:
Each of the two oralists, along with the faculty representative (if applicable), must register during this phase in order to provide their information. The 50 chosen teams are the only ones who can register individually.

For more information, visit Nelson Mandela World Moot Court Competition

By Bello

Ismail Bello is a content creator and enthusiast who is passionate about youth development.