Geneva, 21 July 2022 (TDI): Shu Yi Ling and Duncan Lim, students from Singapore Management University, won the 14th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition.

The final round of competition was held in Geneva today between the students of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights and a student team from Singapore Management University.

The competition began on the 18th of July and concluded today, with Singapore as the winner.

Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition:

Every year, students from around the world convene in Geneva for the moot to argue a hypothetical human rights issue. The only international moot court competition specifically focused on human rights is the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition.

Each year, a new case that relies on contemporary global human rights challenges is carefully prepared.

These subjects vary from human rights and artificial intelligence to terrorism and crimes. Other subjects include the right to be free from discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.

The Moot Court Competition offers the world’s biggest gathering for those interested in the subject of human rights. Students from all institutions worldwide who are undergraduate or graduate level may participate in the World Moot.

Institutions from around the globe submit outlines of argument for a hypothetical human rights case from teams of two students, mostly a woman and a man.

The top 50 memorial teams invite Geneva’s UN headquarters to participate in the preliminary oral rounds, where they argue their cases before justices of international courts and human rights experts.

The top 10 teams from the world are then invited to Geneva to compete in the preliminary, quarterfinal, semifinal, and final stages of the competition.

The teams respond alternatively and argue the two sides of the hypothetical case before a bench of human rights experts. Judges from worldwide courts and tribunals rule over the final round in Geneva, which features the top two teams.