For this to happen, they had to pass two preliminary rounds: the submission of a written memorial and the oral rounds that took place online in May.
In both their memorial as well as in the oral rounds, Helmer and Edward had to analyse – from an international human rights law perspective and the protection it affords – topics related to economic sanctions, the law of the sea, refugee law and abortion laws.
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These final rounds will consist in octofinals, quarterfinals, semi-finals and final rounds. In these rounds, the teams will have to argue – for both the applicant and the respondent – on cases related to the same topics they addressed in their memorial and during the oral rounds.
Participation in the Mandela Moot Court is very demanding and involves a lot of work. Now that our students are preparing for their final exams, this is even more challenging for them. I am very proud of Helmer and Edward for this great achievement and I am sure that this participation in the final rounds will both rewarding and inspiring says Katia Rosenblat, Teaching Assistant at the Geneva Academy and the Team’s Coach.
The Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition is 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.
Two students from our LLM in International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law can participate 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.
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