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SWUPL Representative Team Became One of The Top Ten Teams in The Asia-Pacific Region For The 10th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition, Advanced to The Global Pre-final in Geneva
On May 16th of 2018, SWUPL representative team organized by the Institute of Human Rights became one of the top ten teams of the 10th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition in the Asian-Pacific region, successfully advanced to the global pre-final in Geneva. This team will go to the Palais des Nations in Geneva in mid-July to participate in the competition and compete with more than 170 participating teams from all regions of the world. It is the first time that our school has participated in a major international competition held by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and the first time has successfully entered the pre-final, achieving the "zero breakthrough" that SWUPL had never participated in any professional competition of international human rights like this before.
In order to form the representative team of SWUPL, Institute of Human Rights and School of Foreign Languages of our school had co-organized 2017-2018 Autumn World Human Rights Moot Court Competition training program in October 2017，and selected 10 teams from more than 300 students to attend the screening stage of the 10th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition. Under the guidance of teacher Zhu Ying and Pan Jun from Institute of Human Rights and teacher Zhu Qingyuan from School of Foreign Language, SWUPL won the victory in the Asian-Pacific region and advanced to the global pre-final in Geneva. At the same time, other world-renowned university whose team also reaching the pre-final includes Fudan University, CUHK, Yale University, University of Oxford, and UNSW.
The Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition is the most famous and large-scale professional moot court competition in the area of human rights law. It is known as the "Olympiad Race for human rights". In 2009, the University of Pretoria Faculty of Law's Centre for Human Rights and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights collaborated to organize the inaugural World Human Rights Moot Court competition, and opened to university students worldwide. The competition is held every summer (annually around 18 July in conjunction with Nelson Mandela's birthday) at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and so far has been held for nine times.
The Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition is a high-level professional international competition for all universities worldwide. The official languages are English and French. All competitions are divided into regional competition for qualifications and global pre-final. Regional competition for qualifications are held in five divisions of the United Nations in Africa, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe, South America and the Caribbean, Western Europe and other regions; the global pre-final is held at the UN headquarters in Geneva. Participants are required to write a pleading in the context of the A Hypothetical Case, which is reviewed by authoritative experts in the field of human rights law.
This year is the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the 70th anniversary of the death of Mahatma Gandhi, and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. As a high-level professional international competition, the hold of 10th Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition has an important commemorative significance. The official rules of this competition have been adjusted. The top ten teams in the first phase of the regional competition will get the promotion, the promotion of the second phase of the global pre-finals on behalf of the five major regions of the United Nations. The 50 teams from the global pre-final will debate around the pros and cons. Complaints scores and spoken language scores will be calculated separately during the competition and announced at the awarding ceremony on the day at the end of the contest.