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The Centre for Human Rights hosts two moot court competitions annually: the African Human Rights Moot Court Competition and the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition. The Centre also established the National Schools Moot Court Competition, which is currently organised by the Department of Basic Education, Government of South Africa.

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Christof Heyns African Human Rights Moot Court Competition

The Christof Heyns African Human Rights Moot Court Competition is the largest gathering of students, academics and judges around the theme of human rights in Africa. This annual event brings together all law faculties in Africa, whose top students argue a hypothetical human rights case as if they were before the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

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Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition

The World Moot is open to undergraduate and masters students from all universities in the world. Teams of two students (gender diversity is encouraged) from every university in the world are invited to submit heads of argument for a hypothetical human rights case. The 50 teams with the highest memorial grades are invited to participate in the preliminary oral rounds and present their arguments to human rights experts and judges of international tribunals at the UN headquarters in Geneva

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The Competition aims to create greater awareness in schools and communities in South Africa about the Constitution and the values that it embodies through active participation. The aim is also to encourage talented young people to consider pursuing a law career.

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