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 in the Faculty of Law at the University of Oxford. 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.
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, in recognition of his lifelong devotion and outstanding contribution to the development of media freedom and the rule of law. Recently, Professor Price was interviewed about his background and what led to the founding of PCMLP as well as the creation of the Price Moot Court Competition.