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The Finals of the Blackstone Human Rights Moot, open only to members of the University of Oxford, are tentatively scheduled to take place at 4.00pm GMT on 6 March 2021. To attend, register here.

The Blackstone Human Rights Moot Court Competition is co-organised each year by Oxford Lawyers without Borders, the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights and the Oxford Mooting Programme. The moot aims to promote the study of international human rights and to determine the team that will represent the University of Oxford at the Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition in Geneva. The competition is kindly sponsored by Blackstone Chambers

The 2021 edition of the moot will take place online on Saturday, 6 March 2021. 

A poster with the photos of the winners and judges of the Blackstone Moot 2020. Below this is the schedule for the 2021 edition of the moot: written memorials are due on 2 March and oral rounds will take place on 6 March.

Information for Participants

Competition Documents are available here: Moot Problem and Rules.

This competition is open to all undergraduate students in law, as well as taught postgraduate students. To enter the moot, participants must form teams of two, and teams must, by 11.59pm GMT on 2 March 2021, submit skeleton arguments to blackstonemoot@gmail.com. Skeleton arguments must address all issues raised by the competition case and be no longer than 1500 words for each side (12 point Times New Roman font; text 1.5 spacing; character spacing normal; margins of 2.5cm on all sides of the page). For further details, please refer to the rules or contact mooting@law.ox.ac.uk.

Information for Members of the University

The moot will see participants discuss the legality of various COVID-19 lockdown measures and the effect of Twitter bans on free speech rights, among other issues. The Final Round of the Blackstone Moot, tentatively scheduled to take place at 4.00pm GMT on 6 March 2021, is open to all members of the University of Oxford. It will be held on Zoom. To attend the Finals, register here.

For more information about the competition, contact mooting@law.ox.ac.uk.