Topic Synopsis: International Court of Justice Chair Introductions Hello! My name is Zain Yaseen and I will be the chair for the Novice ICJ at the Whitney High School MUN Conference. I am a Senior at Whitney High School taking on my fourth year of MUN. I will try the best that I can to make this committee run smoothly and make it as fun as possible. I hope you, the delegate, will help me achieve these goals. Good Luck to all of you! Zainyaseen@gmail.com Hi there! My Name is Michael Jo, your Vice Chair for the Novice ICJ Committee for WHSMUN. I am a Junior at Whitney HS and a have taken MUN all three years of my high school career. I really hope that our committee can have a great time come conference time, and make it a memorable one. I am going to make the best effort to make the said statement possible. Good Luck everybody! I’ll see you there! firstname.lastname@example.org Committee Background ICJ (International Court of Justice) Committee Procedure Role call Motion to open debate Lawyers are introduced by the Dias Prosecution – opening statement Defense – opening statement Justices question the lawyers All questions are in round robin form Three witnesses for the prosecution are presented in the following format: 1. Swearing in – witness is introduced and sworn in 2. Initial questioning – prosecuting lawyer is allowed to initial questioning of the witness 3. Cross examination – defense lawyer cross examines the witness 4. Redirect – prosecuting lawyer is allowed to address any new points that have arisen during the cross examination 5. Justice questioning – justices are allowed the opportunity to question the witness and the lawyers in round robin form; a justice may pass if he/she does not with to ask a question 6. After each witness is excused, the justices may then caucus to discuss the witness’s testimony. After the prosecution has presented all of its witnesses, the counsel for the defense will present their three witnesses in the same format as the prosecution’s witnesses with the defending lawyer questioning before the prosecuting lawyer. The prosecuting lawyer presents a closing statement. The defending lawyer presents a closing statement. The justices will make speeches that address their opinion as to the guilt or innocence of the defendant. Deliberations: this is the ICJ equivalent of voting bloc. A motion will be taken to enter deliberation and the justices will vote on the motion. “Deliberations” is essentially a long caucus in which all of the justices form a majority bloc and a potential minority bloc. Each bloc will write their opinions regarding the guilt of the defendant, their reasoning, and their prescribed punishment. Justices within the blocs may submit their own written responses if they wish to elaborate on the process that led to their decision or on their differences in opinion. After all the opinions are submitted to the Dias, the chairperson will announce the verdict and punishment as per the decision of the majority bloc. **If the justices wish to recall a witness for further questioning, they must do so before entering deliberations. *Adapted from LHHS MUN ICJ Rules Topic 1: Legality of the Use of Force, Yugoslavia vs. USA During the Kosovo War, the United States of America aided the rebel group in its effort to overthrow the government. After the war, Yugoslavia sued the US in the ICJ. Your job is to find the who, what, where, when, why and how for this issue. The position paper for this topic will not follow the usual position paper format. It will not be background history, UN involvement, country policy. We want you to do whatever you want. Your goal is to give us a research paper showing us that you know what is going on. This can include, but is not limited to, knowing why the Kosovo War occurred, why the US got involved, who else got involved, why did they get involved, what effects did this have on the international political climate, why did Yugoslavia go to the ICJ, how this effects your country, what will your country do about it, and so on. For your paper, follow standard MLA format and there will be no page limit. We only ask that you be reasonable and efficient. Topic 2: Assistance in Criminal Investigation, Djibouti VS. France In 2006, the nation of Djibouti appealed to the ICJ for a suit against France in its objection to aid Djibouti and provide judicial investigation of a criminal case. While petty, this case is significant because of France’s withdrawal from the jurisdiction of ICJ. Similar to the previous topic, provide a position paper reflecting your preparedness and knowledge of the case at hand. Include (but not limited to) what caused Djibouti’s action, how France’s withdrawal can affect the case, and what effects resulted from the ruling of the case, how the effects can, in turn, affect your country, and/ or your country’s stance on it. Rules stated for the position paper is the same as above. About the Committee We want this committee to be fun; however, we want everyone to participate in this committee, especially since it will be a small committee. Also, plagiarism will not be tolerated. Don’t copy and paste your research and turn it in. We will know and you will not receive credit for your paper. Your performance in committee and the research paper will determine whether or not you are eligible for an award, so don’t lose this opportunity be cheating.