Announcement of the 33rd Christof Heyns African Human Rights Moot Court Competition!


The University of Rwanda is set to host the 33rd Christof Heyns African Human Rights Moot Court Competition from July 22 to 27, 2024, in Kigali, Rwanda.

This prestigious event unites law faculties across Africa in a simulated human rights court setting. Top students will argue a hypothetical case on critical issues, including  human rights, privacy and personal data protection, and unconstitutional change of governments before the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Christof Heyns African Human Rights Moot Court Competition stands as the largest gathering of students, academics, and judges dedicated to the exploration of human rights issues in Africa. 

Since its inception in 1992, the competition has engaged 170 universities from 47 African countries, fostering a legacy of human rights education. The 32nd edition, hosted by Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in 2023, saw 47 teams from 18 African countries participating.

Key requirements:

  • The university must register two students and one faculty representative.
  • Students participating in the Moot should not have completed their first degree in law.

Key Dates:

  • Release of the Hypothetical Case: 1 February 2024
  • Online Faculty Registration:
    • Start: 5 February 2024
    • Close: 30 April 2024
  • Online Individual Registration:
    • Start: 1 March 2024
    • Close: 31 May 2024
  • Submission of Memorials:
    • Start: 1 June 2024
    • Close: 30 June 2024
  • Conference & Opening Ceremony: 22 July 2024
  • Preliminary Rounds: 23-24 July 2024
  • Quarterfinals & Semifinals: 25 July 2024
  • Moot Final and Closing Ceremony: 27 July 2024

The University of Rwanda looks forward to the dynamic exchange of ideas and expertise at 2024 Competition, contributing to the advancement of human rights education and research in Africa.

Stay tuned for further information!