ICJ – What is it?

A brand new feature of this year’s EGMUN is the ICJ, International Court of Justice. Out of the 23 members of the court only 3 has tried being a part of the ICJ at earlier MUNs. This means that only very few people at the EGMUN knows exactly what the ICJ is – of course the members of this year’s MUN will quickly find out but the delegates don’t have that possibility. That’s why we’ve chosen to write this very informative article.

At first it’s important to know that the ICJ is a courtroom where illegal or unethical acts can be justified.

The people in the ICJ has as in the committees and commissions different titles and different roles. There’s a presidency where the president, Alexander Hegelund, the vice president, Eva Kjær, the registrar, Sara Formichetti, and the deputy registrat, Toke Arnoldi, is situated.

There’s H. E. Judges, her and his excellence, that works as a jury and they will pass sentence on the defendant.

The advocates of the prosecution and the advocates of defence are situated in front of the presidency with H.E. Judges placed in line on each side.

In the middle of the courtroom a yellow chair is situated. This is where the witness’ will be placed when making their statements.

This year the one case in the ICJ will be the lethal whaling by Japan, and it will therefore be Japanese advocates, Rasmus and Andrea, who will have the role of the defendant. The advocates of prosecution, Anna and Ermudde, represent Australia.

The procedure of making a verdict can be split up in four parts:

1. The case is being presented by Australia and Japan with an opening speech. This speech is required objective and the advocates are allowed only to mention facts, which of course is relevant to the case.

2. The prosecuting and defendant advocates here present their point of view to the case.

3. When the advocates have presented their point of view witness’ will be brought to the courtroom and the H.E. Judges are able to ask the witness questions – of course relevant to the case. This will help the H.E. Judges making a verdict.

4. Finally the verdict will be made. If the defendant is found either guilty or innocent is decided by a voting procedure.

Hopefully the ICJ will be a great experience for the participants and that the courtroom will be a part of the future EGMUN’s

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