International Court of Justice

The European International Model United Nations

The International Court of Justice, sometimes called the World Court, is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. The ICJ settles disputes between states and gives advisory opinions on international legal issues referred to it by the UN.

Level: Advanced

Council Topics

Whaling in the Antarctic 

(Australia v. Japan: New Zealand intervening)

On 31 May 2010 Australia instituted proceedings before the ICJ, challenging Japan’s whaling in the Antarctic.

Australia is accusing Japan of pursuing “a large-scale program of whaling under the Second Phase of its Japanese Whale Research Program under Special Permit in the Antarctic (‘JARPA II’)”, in breach of obligations assumed by Japan under the 1946 International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling and of other international obligations for the preservation of marine mammals and the marine environment.

Japan’s claims that its whaling is authorised under Article VIII of the Convention, which provides for each Contracting Government to issue special permits for whaling involved in scientific research.

Armed Activities on the Territory of the Congo
(Democratic Republic of the Congo v. Uganda)

In 1997, President Laurent-Désiré Kabila overthrew Mobutu Sese Seko with the help of Ugandan and Rwandan forces.

Upon assuming power, Kabila renamed the country to the Democratic Republic of the Congo and suspended elections for two years in order to maintain order.

Rwanda and Uganda then started supporting a second rebellion and the Second Congo War began.

In July 1998, Kabila withdrew Ugandan and Rwandan permission to be in the DRC and accused both forces of invading the DRC.

The DRC then approached the ICJ to ask it to decide that Uganda had engaged in armed aggression in the DRC from the 2nd of August 1998.

Council Chairs

Helena Rasch

Helena Rasch is a second year International and European Law student at the University of Groningen.
She has participated in several MUN conferences throughout Europe, most recently as an advocate at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. Having been a delegate at TEIMUN 2019, she is thrilled to return this year as a chair.
Helena is an active member of the TEIMUN Society, which allows her to share her passion for debating and international politics with an amazing group of people. Outside the MUN world, Helena has a passion for Moot Courts and legal debate. She also enjoys climbing, music and spending time with friends.

Helena is looking forward to having engaging conversations with new people, as well as reconnecting with the friends she made at TEIMUN last year.

Mehreen Siffat

Mehreen Siffat will be one of the chairs for this year’s International Court of Justice. She is excited to witness a hopefully heated albeit relevant debate during this year’s week long MUN conference.

As far as her introduction is concerned, she is from Pakistan and is currently in her third year, pursuing LLB in International and European Law at RuG. Therefore, she gives precedence to delegates providing legal arguments (where necessary) every now and then, but of course not overdoing it in the process.

She believes the aim of the delegates should, nevertheless, be to come up with practical solutions to the topic that will be presented, and to focus most on emerging as a diplomatic leader while keeping the ICJ mandate in mind; arguments based on moral grounds will always be welcomed. She’s looking forward to seeing you all! Happy researching!

Philippe Lefevre

Philippe Levefre is a master’s student at the University of KU Leuven in Belgium, where he is reading International Politics (when he has time).

He is a huge MUN fan and has been participating for over three years now in over 15 countries. For him the real treasure is the friends made along the way, but then again actual treasure is often just as good.

As a lucky French/British Citizen he has wrangled his way out of Brexit, and is looking forward to waving the UK goodbye as it sinks beneath the waves. Additionally, he also runs a think tank, the Institute for a Greater Europe, and is an avid fan of multinational institutions.