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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications are now open until February 7, 2018.
President of the ICJ
Assistant President of the ICJ
Registrar of the ICJ