SWUPL Team Got Good Grades in Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition

Author: Chen Yinong, Gu Jialei Sourece: Institute of Human Rights

2018-10-10 10:18:00

Group photo (Source:Institute of Human Rights)

Undergraduate student Gao Peixiang of the International Law School participating in the competition (Source:Institute of Human Rights)

Participants from the five major divisions around the world hearing the explanation of the competition rules (Source:Institute of Human Rights)

The 10th Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition co-organized by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Centre for Human Rights of the University of Pretoria, South Africa was held successfully at the United Nations Office in Geneva from July 15th to 20th.

The competition attracted more than 170 well-known international universities including University of Oxford, Yale University, St. Thomas University, University of New South Wales, Universidade de São Paul,  and Universidad de Buenos Aires.

SWUPL team, consisting of leader Zhou Li from Institute of Human Rights, debater Gao Peixiang, Hu Yucheng and observer Chen Jie, Feng Lanxiang, Yan Kedong, Huang Ya, Dou Lin and Ding Shuyi, took part in the competition for the first time. The team showed their solid grounding in fundamental knowledge of human rights and law, initiative and teamwork spirit, finally won the 33rd place in the global ranking.

The Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition is a high-level professional human rights competition for all universities around the world. Heavyweights including Julia Sebutinde, Chief Judge of the International Court of Justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng, Chief Justice of the Constitutional Court of South Africa, Prof. Veronica Gomez, President of Global Federation of Human Rights, Prof. Christof Heyns, former Special Rapporteur of the United Nations, Prof. Zdzislaw Kedzia, Vice-President of  the Rights Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural of the United Nations and Ambassador Joel Hernandez Garcia, member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights were specially invited to be the judges of the competition by the committee, in honor of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela and the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Under the guidance of teacher Zhang Yonghe, Zhu Ying and Pan Jun from Institute of Human Rights and teacher Zhu Yuanqing from School of Foreign Language. The members of SWUPL team studied core human rights conventions of United Nations, General Assembly Rules of Procedure of United Nations Human Rights Council, relevant precedents of European Court of Human Rights, the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights, and Inter-American Court of Human Rights; and watched a large number of live videos of human rights moot court competition, which helped them laid solid theoretical foundation of international human rights and accumulated valuable experience in competition.

In recent years, SWUPL focused on "Double First-Class" construction, committed to cultivating outstanding legal talents improving the level of discipline construction and comprehensive strength. It is an important activity for Institute of Human Rights to organize students to participate in such international contests as a national human rights education and training base. This time, the great performance of SWUPL team in the national competition could boost Law Human Rights Education in the school.

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