Form I, Form II, and ICJ registration are now closed. The deadline for payments has also passed.
All research reports are now available online. Visit our committee pages for links to the reports and the Facebook groups! We encourage delegates to join the FB groups to meet fellow delegates and contact the Student Officers.
Dear Students, Dear Directors,
As the primary judicial organ of the United Nations, the International Court of Justice bears a great responsibility and much prestige worldwide. Its principal mandate includes settling legal altercations presented to it by Member States. In addition, various international organs, agencies, and the United Nations General Assembly can call upon the ICJ for counseling and advice. Ensuring legal justice globally and safeguarding nations’ sovereignty is at the heart of the ICJ.
Since its establishment in 2000, the Berlin Model International Court of Justice (BMICJ) has aimed to simulate this renowned Court. For the first time, the BMICJ will also be a part of the BERMUN2 conference.
The BMICJ is a vigorous and challenging forum and in many respects, an introductory “crash course” in international law. It is therefore an ideal opportunity for all students considering to pursue a career in law. All members of the BMICJ will, regardless of their future career choices, broaden their ability to analyse crucial material and hone their skill of precise rhetoric by actively participating in our program. The intimacy of our small “committee” especially enables participants to truly engage in the Court’s proceedings.
For the BMICJ at BERMUN2 2018, we have selected the case Marshall Islands v. United Kingdom concerning the United Kingdom’s obligations regarding the cessation of the nuclear arms race and nuclear disarmament. The case ties into this year’s conference theme Technological innovation: mitigating risks and seizing opportunities by examining the responsibilities and obligations a country has to prevent a technological disaster through nuclear weapons from occurring and hinder further power imbalances created by the possession of nuclear weapons. We are confident that this case will provide for a thrilling and rigorous debate, exhibiting some of international law’s major principles and questions. To make this year’s endeavor yet another success, dedication before and during the conference is crucial. The more effort participants are willing to invest, the more rewarding the experience will be for the entire group.
The Court will be composed of two presidents, a registrar, nine independent judges, and two advocate teams, with two advocates each. The two councils will hold opening speeches, present both factual and legal evidence to the judges, and interview witnesses called upon from the General Assembly. The judges will also question the witnesses and each advocate team. 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. As Student Officers, we will advise the advocates prior to their presentations and assist them in identifying and organise their key arguments. In addition, we will guide the judges in their deliberation, help them evaluate legal documents and ensure the highest possible quality of the final verdict.
The BMICJ Student Officer team asks that you take advantage of this unique opportunity. If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us by email at email@example.com.
Applications are now open until February 7, 2018.
President of the ICJ
Assistant President of the ICJ
Registrar of the ICJ
All schools have been notified. Directors, please check your email and SPAM folders for the notification email and login/password information for Form II.
Form I is now closed. Notifications will be sent out to schools this week!
Click on the link on our website to Register Your School / Form I.
Form I is due on January 19, 2018. Notifications will be sent out by January 26.
The invitation letter has been sent out to all directors on our mailing list. If your school would like to be added to this mailing list to receive further information about BERMUN2, please have your MUN director contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
This year’s conference theme will be Technological innovation – Mitigating Risks and Seizing Opportunities, a broad, complex topic of great relevance to young people’s lives. Six committees, the ECOSOC, DC, HRC, SPC, SC, and the ICJ will debate various major issues related to this theme.
We are excited to announce that 2018 BERMUN2 will take place on March 8-10, 2018 at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin! Invitation letters will be sent out in December. To be added to our mailing list, send a request to email@example.com
After days of fruitful debate, consensus-building, resolutions, lots and lots of drinks, food and even more cookies, we would like to again express our gratitude to our speakers during the Opening Ceremony, the members of the Secretariat and student officer team, the press team and the admin team, the BERMUN directors, the visiting schools, their directors and of course, you, the delegates, for helping us make 2017 BERMUN2 a successful conference! See you next year!
Confirmations have been sent out to all directors. Please remember that all fees are due on Friday, February 17.
Also, please send an email with the name of your school’s ambassador who will be giving the opening speech during the opening ceremonies. Deadline: February 17. Thank you.
The following countries have been assigned to the respective committees as listed in this document. We hope this helps you and the students with preparing for the conference.
Form II for entering the names of delegates is now open. Please use this link http://bermun2.bermun.de/office/ and login with your email and password to register your students.
Registration is now closed. All applicants will be notified by the end of the week. Thank you for your patience.
The deadline to register for BERMUN2 is this Friday, January 20.
Dear Teachers and Model United Nations Advisers,
It is our pleasure to invite you to the twelfth annual BERMUN2 Conference which takes place at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung in Berlin from March 2-4, 2017.
BERMUN2 is primarily a regional Model United Nations conference organized by the John F. Kennedy School. We are grateful to the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung for providing the venue and logistical support for the conference. Through this simulation, students gain insight into international politics and the work of the United Nations, polish their rhetorical and communicative skills, and work together with other students to find practical solutions to global problems. By preparing the topics and conversing in English, language and research competencies are practiced and refined.
This year, background guides have been provided by the Lebanese American University (LAU). We appreciate the university sharing the guides and we would like to acknowledge the work their students and faculty have put into preparing these guides, thus continuing the cooperation we had with UNA-USA for the first 11 years of BERMUN2. The BERMUN2 student officers will prepare addenda to the background guides with updates, questions to consider and more links to important documents. Once posted, they can be found on our website at www.bermun2.de. This year’s committees and topics are:
ECOSOC – Tackling the Eurozone Crisis
GA6 – Digital and Cyber Surveillance on Civilians as a Prerequisite to Combat Crimes
UNESCO – Preserving Intangible Cultural Heritage
UNICEF – Improving Socio-economic Conditions as a Prerequisite to Combat Juvenile Crime and Violence
SC – The Iran Nuclear Agreement
HSC – India and Pakistan 1947
If your school or MUN-group would like to participate in the 2017 BERMUN2 conference, please register at www.bermun2.de by clicking on the link ‘Register School‘. Registration is open between now and January 20, 2017. IMPORTANT: Please indicate the number of students you intend to register on the form. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out to schools by January 27 indicating the assigned UN agencies and country assignments. In case you need confirmation sooner because of travel and other planning issues, please contact us. We will find a solution!
The conference fee of € 25 per teacher/student includes lunches, beverages, snacks as well as conference materials. Please collect the funds from your students and transfer them into the bank account listed on our website. Clearly indicate BERMUN2 and the name of your school on the bank transfer. All payments are due on February 17, 2017.
To help you further prepare for your participation in the conference, we encourage you to check out this website for UNA-USA which provides valuable resources to assist students and teachers. In addition, UNA-USA has created a Model United Nations App. It features 60-minute lesson plans on topics like climate change, poverty eradication, and the Zombie Apocalypse; detailed instructions on how to conduct a classroom simulation; resources and country backgrounds for students on each topic; Model UN resources for any student preparing for a conference; updated news from the UN, UNA-USA, and the U.S. Department of State.
More information regarding the registration schedule, preliminary conference schedule, conference fees and bank information can be found on our website at www.bermun2.de. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to receiving your applications for BERMUN2.
Karin Hövermann, Jason Lang, Johannes Lück, Dr. Walter Peterson, William Robertson,
We are diligently preparing for our next BERMUN2 conference (March 2-4, 2017). At the moment, we are finetuning the committees and topics which will be published soon. The invitation letter to register will be sent out by next week. Sign up for our new mailing list below!
Welcome messages from our Student Officers, as well as background guides are now available. Please take time to read the background guides as they should help delegates become familiar with the topics and facilitate further research.
The guides can be found under the Committees & Councils page and are listed in the according committee.
Dear participants of BERMUN2 2016,
The responsibility of an individual is vastly different from what it was in the past, because we operate on a much larger playing field; we are global citizens, held to account for the global environment we create. As youths, we face an even greater challenge. Inevitably, we will inherit the world we inhabit – with all of its cultural conflicts, ecological catastrophes, and political uncertainties. We aren’t only responsible for the environments we create, but for solving problems we’re born into. We must play the hand that has been dealt to us.
Consequently, prioritizing young people is the most direct investment for a sustainable future. Whilst the United Nations has taken actions to protect the rights of children around the world, because of the political climate that now surrounds us, these rights are not always the priority. But they must be. Whilst many of the issues that the UN chooses to address are rather temporary in the bigger picture, an investment in the future — in children — lasts forever. Thus, children must be at the focal point of the UN’s efforts.
The 11th annual BERMUN2 Conference aims to establish a socioeconomic and political platform for children and youths, to give them the tools for change. The topics we have crafted reflect the urgency of the challenge at hand. These topics are assigned to the appropriate UN agencies, allowing delegates to engage the issues in the most realistic of forums. To begin, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the World Health Organization (WHO) will confront critical problems that endanger children, as they attack disease and illegal organ trafficking. Meanwhile, the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) will focus on establishing a strong social and economic foundation for youths, with particular emphasis on empowering young women. In doing so, we hope to inspire holistic and meaningful debate
amongst the BERMUN2 delegates.
Delegates, consider the many freedoms you enjoy as young adults. These are freedoms that not all children are granted. Let us put these children – whose rights have been compromised – on the top of the agenda. It is imperative that we approach the issue with thoughtfulness, empathy, and ingenuity. For the founding ideals of the United Nations are entrusted to us: the future policy makers and leaders of the international community, but also the citizens that must eventually live in this community. We must rise to the occasion with vigor.
The BERMUN2 Secretariat
Please note the deadline for registering students is February 12, 2016 and all conference fees are due February 19!
Click on ‘Committees and Councils‘ to find out more about committees, topics and our BERMUN2 Student Officers! Research reports will be available soon!
We are accepting applications for BERMUN2. Directors are invited to complete Form I using this link. Notifications will be sent out by the end of January along with more information regarding topics and countries.
Please note that the application deadline for Form I is January 22, 2016.
BERMUN2 will be held on March 10-12, 2016 at the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. The invitation letter will be sent out soon and applications (Form I) will be accepted in January. More details to come.