Dear BERMUN 2 Participants,
Welcome to the International Court of Justice at BERMUN 2 2019!
The ICJ is a unique organ because the procedure and goals pursued in the ICJ differ from other MUN committees. It offers new opportunities to learn about international law and policies. Whether you will be attending this conference as a judge or an advocate, having an open mind and a willingness to learn will make this an extremely valuable experience.
At this year’s BERMUN 2 conference, we will be examining the case “Pulp Mills on the River Uruguay (Argentina v. Uruguay)”. Argentina claimed that the pulp mills on the River Uruguay damaged water quality and thus was a threat to the environment. Hence, Argentina filed an application to the International Court of Justice in 2006, accusing Uruguay of having breached substantive treaty obligations that coordinated bilateral river management. In its application, Argentina specifically accuses Uruguay of having unilaterally authorized the construction of pulp mills on the River Uruguay, and therefore, not complying with the obligatory course of actions under the 1975 Statute.
While the ICJ established a “Chamber for Environmental Matters” in 1993, no two states have ever agreed that a given dispute is “environmental”. States remain hesitant about referring to an international environmental jurisdiction. This case, however, could qualify for a case in the ICJ “Chamber for Environmental Matters”. Judges and advocates will get the chance to simulate this unique case, which can be tied back to the central conference theme “Advancing Climate Action: the key to a sustainable future”.
Having lived in five different countries, I have a had a multicultural experience that has extended my view of other cultures. I have come to appreciate the role of MUN in providing a foundation of skills and values. In addition to participating in MUN, I enjoy swimming, playing piano and photography. BERMUN 2 will mark my sixth conference.
Judges and advocates of the ICJ, let us arrive with an open mind and use this conference as an opportunity to grow.
I look forward to meeting you in February!
President of the International Court of Justice