The Price Media Law Moot Court Competition

Established by the Programme in Comparative Media Law & Policy at the University of Oxford in 2008, the Monroe Price Media Law Moot Court competition aims to cultivate interest in the role of the media, and information and communication technologies, in societies around the world.

The Price Media Law Moot Court Programme is named in honour of Professor Monroe E. Price, founder of the Programme in Comparative Media Law and Policy

As of 1 August 2017, the Price Media Law Moot Court competition will be hosted by the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights. With the Faculty and College working in partnership, this dynamic global research institute will bring together world-class scholars and practitioners with an active interest in bridging the divide between theory and practice in human rights.

The annual Monroe Price Media Law Moot Court Competition requires students to engage in comparative research into media law at national, regional and international levels, and to develop written and oral argument on challenging legal issues. Six Regional Rounds are held across the Globe, in South Asia, the Asia-Pacific, South East Europe, North East Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. The final International Rounds are held in Oxford, and gather participants from countries as diverse as Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Greece, India, Lebanon, the Philippines, Serbia, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, the UK and the USA.

Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition

From the 15 to 20 July 2018, the 10th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition will be held in the Palais des Nations, Geneva. The Competition is organised by the Centre for Human Rights, based at the University of Pretoria, with the support of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

OXFORD'S TEAM AT THE 2017 NELSON MANDELA HUMAN RIGHTS MOOT: TSVETELINA VAN BENTHEM (LEFT) AND WEIRAN ZHANG (RIGHT), PALAIS DES NATIONS, GENEVA

The Competition is open to both undergraduate and master's degree students. A team of two students from each university – preferably one woman and one man – is invited to participate. In the preliminary rounds the students submit heads of argument for a hypothetical case, which are assessed by a panel of experts. The best 10 teams from each UN region are then invited to participate in the pre-final and final rounds, for which they must argue two sides of the hypothetical case before a bench of human rights experts. The two best teams proceed to the final round, which is presided over by judges from international courts and tribunals. Oxford's team placed second in the 2017 Nelson Mandela moot.

European Human Rights Moot Court Competition

The annual European Human Rights Moot Court Competition is intended to simulate the procedures of complaints to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. Teams of 2-4 students from around Europe compete in a preliminary round and then a final between 20 teams. Pleadings will take place inside the ECHR, providing students with a unique insight into the workings of the court and its organs.