Pairs of Oxford students had the opportunity to argue the details of a hypothetical case based on international human rights law as part of the exciting 2020 edition of the Blackstone Human Rights Moot. In the preliminary rounds, teams argued both sides of the cases before judges. Participating teams included undergraduate and BCL students with judges comprising specialists in international law from Oxford’s DPhil and Master’s programs.
Following arguments in the preliminary rounds before individual judges, the top four scoring teams proceeding to a knock-out semifinal round. The teams that progressed to the final were the pair of Sushrut Royyuru (Magdalen College) and Mihir Rajamane Rajendra (Magdalen College), set against the pair of Alexander Yean (Exeter College) and George Beglan (Exeter College).
The Final was held on the 29 February 2020. Following a closely contested final in which both teams received recognition from the judges for the high standard of the moot, Sushrut Royyuru and Mihir Rajamane Rajendra emerged as the winners of the 2020 competition. They went on to represent Oxford in the international Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot, in which they reached the semi-finals and Sushrut Royyuru was the 4th best ranked speaker in the preliminary rounds.
We would like to extend our enormous gratitude to all the participants and judges that allowed the competition to take place. Additionally, we would like to thank the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, the Oxford Law Faculty and the staff of Mansfield College.
Finally, we would like to extend our gratitude to Blackstone Chambers, without whom the continued opportunity represented by this moot could not be offered to students. This competition is unique in its engagement with international human rights law, and Blackstone Chamber’s position as the leading set in the field of civil liberties and human rights makes them the ideal partner for this moot.
The winning team: Sushrut Royyuru and Mihir Rajamane Rajendra