International Court of Justice
The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has served as a beacon of law and equity around the globe since 1945. A body of 15 esteemed justices elected by the United Nations, the Court has settled almost 200 cases in its seventy-year history. When normal diplomacy stalls, countries turn to the ICJ for a fair and reasoned resolution to their disputes. At JHUMUNC XXII, delegates will have the opportunity to do the same. They will take on the roles of ICJ judges and counsel to resolve two contentious cases: a dispute between China and Vietnam involving not only their territory, but their history, and a dispute between the United States and Iran on which rests the fate of people, peace, and prosperity.
Committee Topics and Background Guide
Topic A: China v. Viet Nam — Construction of Artificial Islands and Industrial Facilities in Proximate International Waters
Topic B: United States v. Iran — Abrogation of the 2015 Nuclear Deal re Covert Military Action and Unsanctioned CommerceAvailable November 30, 2018
Application Process and Deadline
The ICJ operates as an application-only committee and ergo is recommended for more advanced delegates. Each delegate will be assigned two different roles within the Court pertaining to the two cases being debated and will therefore change roles upon completion of the first topic. Delegates interested in participating as one of the 12 delegates in the Court should complete the application by the end of the payment deadline for Regular Registration, which concludes at 11:59 p.m. on December 14th. Delegates selected for participation in the ICJ must, should they accept, give up their interim assignment in a different committee so that that space may become available to a new delegate. Advisors must make payment within the Regular Registration payment window to secure a delegate’s seat on the ICJ.
In addition to the one below, links to the application will be sent to all advisors with delegates who express interest in the committee. Please do not apply before first registering and paying all concomitant registration fees.
Letter from the Chair
Welcome to JHUMUNC 2019! My name is AJ Tsang, and I am so excited to be your Chair for the International Court of Justice. This will be my eighth year in Model United Nations, having started participating as a freshman in high school. In my time with JHUMUNC, I have worked as a Dais for Security Council Advisory Panel, Joint-Crisis Committee: Algerian War of Independence, and Iranian Revolutionary Government of 1979.
In addition to JHUMUNC, I serve as the Executive Vice President of the Johns Hopkins Student Government Association, where I preside over our legislative branch and advocate for causes like mental health, civic engagement, environmental sustainability, and education reform. Academically, I am a pre-law student majoring in Public Health and French, with my senior thesis focused on international health policy as it relates to the realm of science diplomacy. Originally from a suburb of Anchorage, Alaska, I am an avid lover of nature and all things snowy. From hiking and biking to skiing and snowshoeing, I absolutely relish being outdoors. Of course, I also adore cities (and Baltimore in particular), so please feel free to ask me about all the cool places you can visit while you’re here!
Our committee will be a simulation of one of the most esteemed legal establishments on the planet: the International Court of Justice.
I can’t wait to meet everyone and see all the spirited debate you bring to the table. JHUMUNC has given me memories to last a lifetime, and I hope that this conference can do that for you too!
Chair, International Court of Justice
JHUMUNC Session XXII