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The Bonavero Institute seeks to promote mooting as a way of introducing students to human rights law. As well as hosting the major international Monroe Price Media Law Moot, the Herbert Smith Freehills Oxford Disability Mooting Championship, and the Oxford Lawyers without Borders Moot, the Bonavero also encourages Oxford students to participate externally in the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights 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.

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

In July 2019, the 11th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition was 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 and the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law of the Washington College of Law, American University, Washington DC.

The case for the 2019 competition concerned alleged violations of the right to fair trial, the right to an effective remedy, the prohibition against torture, the right to culture, and the right against discrimination.

This year's winners were the Oxford team, Ayushi Agarwal and Gayathree Devi Kalliyat Thazhathuveetil, coached by Raghavi Viswanath (in the middle).

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. 

Blackstone Human Rights Law Moot

In Hilary Term, Lawyers Without Borders and the Bonavero Institute organised the Blackstone Human Rights Moot at the Bonavero Institute which determined the team that represented the University of Oxford at this year’s Mandela moot final round in Geneva.

Herbert Smith Freehills Oxford Disability Mooting Championship

The Herbert Smith Freehills Oxford Disability Mooting Championship has been established to promote discussion of disability and how it intersects with domestic and international law. This two-day competition will take place on Friday and Saturday of Sixth Week of Michaelmas Term and will coincide with the commencement of UK Disability History Month. Senior members of the judiciary, partners from Herbert Smith Freehills, and Oxford Law Faculty members will judge the final rounds. The event is kindly supported by Herbert Smith Freehills. This event is coordinated by Dr Marie Tidball and partners as part of the Oxford Disability Law and Policy Project.

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.