Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition (2021)

LogoThe Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition is organised around 18 July every year, Nelson Mandela’s birthday. Its aim is, in particular, to involve universities and young people from regions of the world that are less involved with the United Nations human rights system, to encourage greater engagement. The Competition is designed to enhance North-South collaboration around the question of human rights. It endeavours to create a platform for debate, exchange and cooperation between students, academics and experts from various legal backgrounds and human rights systems on cross-cutting human rights issues while aiming to inspire and prepare young people from different parts of the world to engage with the global human rights system. The Competition is presented in English, French and Spanish.

Current edition: Between Papa Tommy Tomato & 43 Others and The Republic of Rhakatah. Materials for the current edition are available in the Competition website. The Competition will take place from 12 to 16 July 2021 in Geneva, Switzerland.

In order to contribute to the preparation by participants in the Competition, the Codification Division has compiled resources available on the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law (AVL) for the 2021 edition of the Competition. Students will be able to draw on the resources available on the AVL website, including the Lecture Series and the Mini-Series, together with the related materials used in the preparation of lectures, the Historic Archives, as well as the International Law Handbook.

Lecture Series

The Lecture Series contains a permanent collection of lectures of enduring value on virtually every subject of international law delivered by leading international law scholars and practitioners from different regions, legal systems, cultures and sectors of the legal profession. Each lecture is accompanied by a list of related materials linking to documents available online. Lectures are available in video and audio formats.

A. Courts and Tribunals

International Court of Justice (ICJ)


Regional Courts

B. Health and Science
C. Human Rights
D. International Law

National Law

Sources of Law

E. Peaceful Settlements of Disputes
F. Regional Organizations


The Mini-Series is a series of lectures delivered by leading international law scholars which aims to provide a general overview of the core topics of international law, primarily intended for users with basic or little knowledge of international law. Each mini-series provides a comprehensive introduction of the concerned topic and presents key issues for further study, which are often covered by specialized lectures in the Lecture Series.

International Human Rights Law

Droit international des droits de l’homme
Mme Hélène Tigroudja

  • Partie I - Introduction en droit international des droits de l’homme

  • Partie II - Les sources hybrides du droit international des droits de l'homme

  • Partie III - Les mécanismes de protection et de mise en œuvre des
    droits de l'homme

  • Partie IV - L’herméneutique du droit international des droits de l'homme

  • Partie V - La mise en œuvre des droits de l’homme en droit interne

Historic Archives

The Historic Archives is a unique resource which contains significant international law instruments. Each entry contains an introduction to a particular instrument prepared by a scholar or practitioner with expertise on the subject, information on its procedural history and related documents, as well as the text and status of the instrument. It is accompanied by available audiovisual materials relating to the negotiation and adoption of the instrument at meetings or diplomatic conferences.

Human Rights

International Law Handbook

The International Law Handbook is a collection of instruments used by the Codification Division as study materials for its training courses under the Programme of Assistance. It is intended to be used as a general work of reference. It comprises four books, available free of charge on the AVL website: