What to Expect When Expecting the ICJ


by Katharina K.

The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is a special committee. It is composed of 15 judges: permanent members from China, France, Russia, UK and US, three from Africa, two from Latin Amerika and the Caribbean, three from Asia, 5 from western Europe and two from Eastern Europe. Including one ad hoc judge and the Secretariat.

The delegates in ICJ are independent judges and do not represent countries like in other councils. Present at ICJ BerlinMUN 2017 are two defendants of Iran, one defendant of USA, Judge Ronny Abraham (France and president of the Committee), Judge Joan E. Donohue (USA), Judge Christopher Greenwood (UK), Judge Kirill Gevorgian (Russian Federation), Judge Xue Hanquin (China), Judge Julia Sebutinde (Uganda) Judge Mohamed Bennouna (Morocco) and Judge Antônio Augusto Cançado Trinidade (Brazil).

The ICJ has two main purposes: it is the jurisdiction of the member states when international law is affected and to answer (general) legal questions. This year’s topic is: Our responsibilities for future generations – certain Iranian Assets (Islamic Republic of Iran vs. United States of America).The beautiful chairpersons are Carmen Hernández Conzález from Spain and Amelia Nichols from Australia.

We are looking forward for great speeches, passionately discussions and honourable judges. It that sense: Let the court begin.

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