Moot Courts

A session of the Nelson Mandela Moot Court A session of the Nelson Mandela Moot Court

As part of the curriculum, our MTJ students can participate in two moot courts along with LLM students following a competitive selection process carried out by a Geneva Academy jury. For selected students, participation replaces two optional courses and can be validated for 6 ECTS.

The Nelson Mandela Moot Court: An Immersive Experience in Human Rights Litigation

The Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition, organized by the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria, in partnership with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).

Participation in this moot court allows students to put into practice the notions and legal tools they have learned in class. For students wishing to work in transitional contexts, it is an opportunity to explore issues of redress and accountability that form part of transitions following armed conflict or massive human rights abuses.

Besides the experience students acquire in litigating human rights, participation also allows them to develop their public speaking skills, the art of presenting their arguments in a concise and convincing way, as well as their sense of teamwork and solidarity.

They are coached by our Teaching Assistant Katia Rosenblat.

The Jean-Pictet Competition: Taking the Law out of the Books

The Jean-Pictet Competition is recognized as the leading international humanitarian law (IHL) competition and one of the most innovative training programmes for students in public international law. This week-long event tests students on their knowledge of and ability to implement IHL, as well as other branches of international law, through role-playing exercises based on a hypothetical armed conflict scenario. The dynamic structure of the Competition encourages participants to consider IHL issues from various perspectives while allowing the jury to evaluate each team's theoretical knowledge, practical understanding and presentation style.

Students are coached by our Teaching Assistant Yulia Mogutova.

In 2016 the Geneva Academy team won this prominent IHL moot for the first time.

Anh-Thu Vo and Bettina Rosk pleading online during the oral rounds of the Nelson Mandela Moot Court News

Oral Rounds of the Mandela Moot Court: Our Team Delves into Complex Human Rights Issues related to COVID-19

20 July 2021

After passing the first round and qualifying for the competition’s final stage, Anh-Thu Vo and Bettina Roska – enrolled in our Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law – participated in the oral rounds of the Nelson Mandela Moot Court.

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Anh-Thu Vo and Bettina Roska at the entrance of Villa Moynier News

Mandela Moot Court: Students Discuss Human Rights in the Context of COVID-19

11 May 2021

Anh-Thu Vo and Bettina Roska, enrolled in our Master of Advanced Studies in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law, represent this year the Geneva Academy at the Nelson Mandela Moot Court.

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Poster of the 2020 Mandela Moot Court News

The Nelson Mandela Moot Court: an Immersive Experience in Human Rights Litigation

12 October 2020

The memorial that Charlotte and Sonali submitted to qualify for the oral rounds won the 7th place, out of 39 memorials submitted by English-language teams.

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It was such an enriching experience to be a part of the prestigious Nelson Mandela Moot Court competition, representing the Geneva Academy. Arguing upon the nuances of a deeply complex human rights case study rooted in contemporary socio-political issues experienced across the world, through invoking international human rights treaties and case law that has transformed the modern world, was indeed a remarkable snapshot of the wondrous world of international human rights law. It was a beautiful learning experience and I had such a great time working with an amazing team!

Sonali Wanigabaduge

2019–2020 MTJ Student