The European Human Rights Moot Court Competition is organised annually by the European Law Student Association (ELSA) in cooperation with the Council of Europe. The Competition simulates procedures of complaint before the European Court of Human Rights and gives participants the opportunity to interact practically with the European Convention on Human Rights. The Competition provides a unique opportunity for students to experience the principles and implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights firsthand.

Every year, in collaboration with the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, the Mooting Programme at Oxford invites applications for participants and a coach for the team representing Oxford to the competition. The competition is open to both undergraduates and masters degree law students, including visiting students at the University of Oxford. Please note that you are not eligible to apply if you have previously participated in the Final Oral Round of the Competition or acted as a Judge to the Competition. A team may consist of 2-4 members.

There is a requirement for the submission of written memorials by December. Upon sending their Written Submissions, teams participate in Regional Rounds. The Regional Rounds are mandatory and the scores of the Regional Rounds contribute towards identifying the teams qualifying for the Final Oral Round in Strasbourg. Regional Rounds take place sometime between January and March. Eighteen Teams qualify to the Final Round based on the evaluation of their Written Submissions and Oral Pleadings in the Regional Rounds. The round is held yearly in Strasbourg with the pleadings taking place at the European Court of Human Rights and the Council of Europe. All the finalist teams have the unique opportunity to interact with lawyers and judges of the European Court of Human Rights, and the award for the winning team is a traineeship at the ECtHR.

For further details, contact the Mooting Programme at

  • This competition is open to both undergraduate and taught postgraduate law students