Despite the International Court of Justice not being very well-known in MUN
conferences, this structure holds a major responsibility and is known worldwide. Its
fundamental role inside the UN is to ensure global justice and safeguarding nations’
sovereignty by settling legal altercations presented to it by the Member States.
If you are interested in International relations and are looking for a new
experience in Ilymun, then the ICJ is the right committee for you. As it focuses on law,
students who wish to continue their studies in a similar field should strongly consider
applying to the ICJ as advocates or judges, to gain experience for their future careers. It
gives students the opportunity to learn new facts about conflicts through a completely
different MUN perspective.
– 12 independent judges
– two advocate teams formed each of two advocates
– the three presidents of the ICJ
The two sides will hold opening speeches, present both factual and legal
evidence to the judges. After which point the judges question the advocates. Next, the
advocates interview witnesses which have been approved by the presidents before the
The judges will then question the witnesses themselves and if they have any
questions for the advocates. Each advocate team will present two to three witnesses
(alternating each time) depending on time constraints. After hearing the advocates’
closing statements, the judges will deliberate upon the information presented to them
and compose a verdict expressing their judgment in the case.
Before and during the case the advocates will be advised by the heads of the ICJ so that
they identify and organise their key arguments. Furthermore, the presidents will
likewise guide the judges in their deliberation to help them evaluate legal documents
and assure the quality of the final verdict.
The ICJ is the ideal committee for delegates who already have experience in conferences
and wish to set themselves a different goal. It is challenging as procedures differ to
normal committees. The delegates who want to apply must feel confident in their
speaking ability, especially if they choose to apply for advocates. Moreover, delegates
applying for this role should be diligent as advocates need to prepare in advance, follow
deadlines and gather various resources to support their case. Judges must also inform
themselves on the case in advance to not be lost during the conference as well as
making the debate more interesting. In addition, it is expected from judges to act
without bias, be reflective and innovative.
Due to the challenging nature and limited places for this committee we ask that
all delegates submit a document explaining their previous MUN experiences and what
makes them qualified for the role, as well as a preference for which role they would
We also ask delegates to precise in their letter which position between advocate
and judge they prefer, and if they are open taking the other alternative if they weren’t
accepted for their choice.
The theme being about the war crimes committed in Aleppo since May 2012, the
two teams of advocates will represent the following groups :
– Applicant party: International amnesty
– Respondent party: Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant
Applications will not be accepted unless accompanied by a letter of
recommendation from the delegates’ MUN Director.
The delegates must send their letter of application to the following email: