COMMITTEE DESCRIPTION

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) deals with questions regarding the legality of actions undertaken by certain nations and their impact on other nations to determine resolutions to complex multinational situations such as ownership over outer space, considerations for the legal usage of nuclear weapons, and more. Justices operate in teams of four to produce written legal research briefs prior to the conference that serve as the foundation for their arguments. When a team’s case is not being heard, delegates act as judges for the other three cases being debated by the committee, following the legal sides of the arguments being made to render their verdicts.


ICJ Cases 2019-2020


MOCK SESSION

Mock Conference this year is digitized into 5 modules, 4 of them can be viewed at the Litmos website and the 5th is a live Q+A, date TBA.


CASE ASSIGNMENTS

ICJ CASE TEAM REPRESENTING PLAINTIFF TEAM REPRESENTING DEFENDANT
Spain v. Canada Team #1 – Team #2 –
United Kingdom v. Iran Team #3 – Team #4 –
Mexico v. United States of America Team #5 – Team #6 –
Cambodia v. Thailand Team #7 – Team #8 –

ICJ BRIEF

Each team must complete a brief — due December 1st.

For instructions, see the ICJ Brief Manual.

For more guidance, see the ICJ Sample Brief.

OFFICER BIOS

What is your name, position, delegation, grade, and the number of years you’ve been in MUN?

Brianna Vaca, Chief Justice of International Court of Justice, 12th grade, 4 years.

 

What is the best thing about your committee?

That everyone gets an opportunity to speak.

 

What advice do you have for new delegates?

Please please please speak!! Even if you are shy try to raise your hand once every day!

 

What is your favorite MUN memory or experience?

Meeting my best friends at MUN!

 

What other activities do you do?

I run Debate club and Save the Children Club at my School!

 

List some fun facts/icebreaker kind of information. Some examples are: Your favorite food, a country you would want to visit, tv shows you watch, type of music you listen to, etc.

I want to visit Portugal and my favorite show is Jeopardy!

 

Anything else you’d like to share?

I am so excited for this year!!

 

What is your name, position, delegation, grade, and the number of years you’ve been in MUN?

Hey Delegates! My name is Selam Ambaw and I have the honor of serving as your Vice Chief Justice of the ICJ. I am currently a junior at Hunterdon Central and this is my third year in MUN.

 

What is the best thing about your committee?

Our committee is the perfect size. You don’t have to worry about not getting speaking time or getting stressed about being in front of a lot of people. Also, when we do deliberations, you can speak more freely, something that differentiates ICJ from other committees.

 

What advice do you have for new delegates?

If you have something to say, raise your placard. MUN’s a safe environment, ICJ especially, so don’t be afraid.

 

What is your favorite MUN memory or experience?

I would have to say my favorite MUN memory is just the crazy course of events that was the MUN conference my freshman year. Because of an ill-timed blizzard (because you can plan those things), our delegation almost didn’t make it to conference at all. Luckily though, thanks to our incredible advisor, we made it. The one catch, though, was that we arrived half way through the first committee session. So freshman me, too tired and cold to be nervous, just went for it and had a blast. And it was me just having fun that got me a premier delegate nomination and eventually got me to CONA.

 

What other activities do you do?

Besides MUN, I have a couple other activities. For one, I’m a Girl Scout (been at it ten years). I’m also a part of Student and Class Council at Central, as well as an officer in Third Wave, my school’s gender equality club. I also play soccer; I’ve actually been at that longer than just about anything else. And a like to consider myself an amateur artist, so don’t be surprised if you see me doodling during conference. And of course, I’m also a member of MUN’s sister program, Youth & Government and have been so for what’ll be three years now.

 

List some fun facts/icebreaker kind of information. Some examples are: Your favorite food, a country you would want to visit, tv shows you watch, type of music you listen to, etc.

So some fun facts about me:
My favorite fruit is mango (it’s an incredible fruit guys) and watermelon Sour Patch Kids are my ultimate favorite candy. In fact, I’ll definitely have some at conference so make sure to hit me up if you too are a lover of the world’s best candy. I really want to visit Singapore at one point (I’m trying to get to all 6 livable continents at one point. Sorry Antarctica.). And my favorite shows are just about any CSI or law-related shows (Criminal Minds, Law & Order, any of the NCISes. You guys know what I mean.). I also have a soft spot for What Would You Do?; now that’s quality television, guys.

 

Anything else you’d like to share?

Don’t be afraid to reach out! Let me know if you have any questions at all and I’m happy to help! I can’t wait to meet you all and to have a blast at conference!