On 17 and 18 July 2018, Alessandro Mario Amoroso, Junior Programme Officer in the Security and Law Programme at GCSP, served as judge in the 10th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition, held at Palais des Nations in Geneva. The competition, organised by the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), brings together every year students from 50 different universities representing all regions of the world.
After a preliminary round, in which a team of two students from each participating university is evaluated on the basis of a written memorial, 50 teams are invited to take part in the pre-final and final rounds of the competition in Geneva. Here, students have to argue the two sides of a hypothetical case, the Applicant and the Respondent, before a ‘bench’ of human rights experts acting as judges of a moot human rights court. The two best teams proceed to the final round, which is presided over by judges from international courts and tribunals.
The World Human Rights Moot Court Competition is unique in that it convenes students and professionals from all around the globe to debate burning human rights issues on the basis of a common UN human rights system. GCSP’s contribution to this year’s edition is further proof of its engagement in the creation of a safer world through education and couples with the capacity building efforts in the various domains of international law related to security led by GCSP’s Security and Law Programme.
This edition also provided an opportunity to celebrate two anniversaries of great importance for the human rights community: 2018 marks 100 years since the birth of Nelson Mandela and 70 years since the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.