International Law and Religion Moot Court

Brazil 2022

The International Law and Religion Moot Court is a competition organized by the Brazilian Center of Studies in Law and Religion that will take place in Uberlandia, Brazil, between 10 and 11 of November 2022. The Competition is designed to contribute to the training of law students in subjects related to International Human Rights Law as well as Law and Religion.

The hypothetical case discussed on the Moot Court will be “N.E. v Republic of Seculana of the Amerigos” (Case). Teams are welcome to debate the relation between human rights, religion and human dignity, including the analysis of legal cases and theoretical approaches.

Law student enrolled in Law Schools around the World and who have not completed studies, exams or apprenticeships sufficient to enable them to practice law in their respective jurisdictions are eligible to participate.

The Competition (e-mails, communications, written briefs, oral pleadings and judgments) will be entirely held in English. No translation will be provided.


Summary of the competition information and rules


Timeline:

  • August 01, 2022 - Release of hypothetical case and the Rules of the Competition.

  • August 01, 2022 - Registration opens.

  • August 31, 2022 - Deadline for the request for clarification of facts.

  • September 14, 2022 - Response to requests for clarification of facts.

  • September 14, 2022 - End of registration

  • September 21, 2022 - Deadline for the submission of the provisional summary of the argument for each side of the case and recommendation letter.

  • September 28, 2022 - Announcement of qualifying teams.

  • October 7, 2022 - Deadline for payment of registration fees by qualified teams.

  • October 24, 2022 - Deadline for the submission of the brief.

  • October 28, 2022 - The Organizing Committee will inform the teams about the role assigned to each team.

  • November 10-11, 2022 - Competition in Brazil (Oral Pleadings and Final Judgement).


Participation and preliminary documents submission:

  • Those who are interested in participating are encouraged to send by e-mail an expression of interest to moot@direitoereligiao.org as soon as possible.

  • The registration form is available here.

  • After the completion of the registration form, each team is required to send a recommendation letter by a professor who currently teaches at the same institution of the team members and a provisional summary of the argument for each of the sides of the case. The letter of recommendation and the provisional summary of the arguments should not be longer than two pages each. [Content Specifications: i. Font and Size (General) - Times New Roman, 12 pts; ii. Line Spacing (General) - 1.5 lines; iii. Font and Size (Footnotes) - Times New Roman, 10 pts; iv. Line Spacing (Footnotes) - Single line].

  • A letter of acceptance will be sent by e-mail to the qualified teams.

  • The registration fee for each team is R$400,00 (four hundred Reais), which includes only the participation in the competition. The fee does NOT include other expenses, such as meals, transportation and accommodation. Information about the payment method for the registration fee will be sent to the qualified teams by email.


The Brief:

  • The Committee will designate a team number for each team after the acceptance of their registration. The teams will identify their briefs by that number on the right corner of it.

  • Each team should submit one brief for each of the sides of the case.

  • Each team must submit one electronic copy of the brief in PDF format to the Committee at moot@direitoereligiao.org.


For more information about the competition (registration, briefs, rounds, and others), please visit the following pages:


Venue:

Universidade Federal de Uberlândia

Av. João Naves de Ávila 2121

Uberlândia, Minas Gerais

38408-100

Brazil


Information about the Brazilian Center of Studies in Law and Religion can be found at:

https://www.direitoereligiao.org/sobre-nos/english


Partners and Affiliations:

  • United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights - OHCHR

  • United Nations Academic Impact Program - UNAI

  • International Consortium for Law and Religion Studies - ICLARS

  • Latin American Consortium for Religious Freedom - CLLR

  • International Center for Law and Religion Studies - ICLRS (USA)

  • Centro Derecho y Religión (Chile)