Moot Courts

A session of the Nelson Mandela Moot Court A session of the Nelson Mandela Moot Court

As part of the curriculum, our MTJ students can participate, along with LLM students, in the Jean-Pictet Competition following a competitive selection process carried out by a Geneva Academy jury. For selected students, participation replaces two optional courses and can be validated for 6 ECTS.

The Jean-Pictet Competition: Taking the Law out of the Books

The Jean-Pictet Competition is recognized as the leading international humanitarian law (IHL) competition and one of the most innovative training programmes for students in public international law. This week-long event tests students on their knowledge of and ability to implement IHL, as well as other branches of international law, through role-playing exercises based on a hypothetical armed conflict scenario. The dynamic structure of the Competition encourages participants to consider IHL issues from various perspectives while allowing the jury to evaluate each team's theoretical knowledge, practical understanding and presentation style.

Students are coached by our Teaching Assistant Mina Radončić.

In 2016 the Geneva Academy team won this prominent IHL moot for the first time.

Helmer Jonelid and Edward Millett in front of Villa Moynier entrance News

Mandela Moot Court: Geneva Academy Team Reaches the Final Rounds

20 June 2022

The Geneva Academy team at the 2022 Mandea Moot Court – Helmer Jonelid and Edward Millett – qualified for the final rounds of the competition that will take place in Geneva from 18 to 21 July 2022.

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Francesca Gortan, Sarah Surget and Sophie Timmermans during a simulation at Pictet 2022 News

Our Team at Pictet: Much More than Reaching the Final

11 April 2022

During one week, Francesca Gortan, Sarah Surget and Sophie Timmermans represented the Geneva Academy at the 38th Edition of the Jean-Pictet Competition that took place in Durrës, Albania, from 19 to 26 March.

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Members of the 2022 Geneva Academy Pictet Team News

Our 2022 Pictet Team

24 January 2022

Francesca Gortan, Sarah Surget and Sophie Timmermans will represent the Geneva Academy at the 38th Edition of the Jean-Pictet Competition that will take place from 19 to 26 March in Durrës, Albania.

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It was such an enriching experience to be a part of the prestigious Nelson Mandela Moot Court competition, representing the Geneva Academy. Arguing upon the nuances of a deeply complex human rights case study rooted in contemporary socio-political issues experienced across the world, through invoking international human rights treaties and case law that has transformed the modern world, was indeed a remarkable snapshot of the wondrous world of international human rights law. It was a beautiful learning experience and I had such a great time working with an amazing team!

Sonali Wanigabaduge

2019–2020 MTJ Student