LEGAL COMMITTEE

BACKGROUND GUIDE

TOPIC A: Criminal Accountability of United Nations Personnel

TOPIC B: Maritime Refugees

Angie Ra


Dear Delegates,

Welcome to the Legal Committee at ILMUNC XXXIV! My name is Angie Ra, and it is my distinct pleasure to be your chair for what is sure to be four crazy days of spirited debate, clause writing, merging drama, and new friendships. The secretariat and staff have been working tirelessly to make this iteration of ILMUNC the best yet, so I hope that you are as excited for the weekend of January 25th as I am.

To tell you a little about myself, I am a rising senior at Penn, studying Statistics, Finance, Economics and Psychology. I was born in Seoul, South Korea, but self-identify as an Idahoan, having been raised on a plentiful diet of potatoes in the overwhelmingly peaceful (read: boring) city of Boise. The International Affairs Association, the umbrella organization of ILMUNC, has been my home on Penn’s campus for the past three years. I have served on the Board of Directors for Intercol, Penn’s traveling MUN team, most recently as the Chief of Operations, and am currently serving as the Director-General of ILMUNC Perú. During my time in the IAA, I have been involved in over twenty conferences, as a delegate, chair, or secretariat member. Outside of my obsession with all things MUN, I enjoy trying fad diets, reading the New Yorker, and indulging in my online shopping addiction.

This year, the secretariat and the dais have worked together to select compelling and relevant topics for your consideration as the committee’s agenda. In addition to reading the background guide, I highly encourage you to conduct your own supplemental research to devise novel yet still feasible solutions on a foundation of historical precedent. Furthermore, considering the technical nature of this committee, I strongly recommend including a basic understanding of the different sources and types of international law as well as how international law interacts with state-based legal systems into your research and preparations.

If you have any questions or concerns before conference, please do not hesitate to reach out to our friendly Under-Secretary General, Alexandra Fiol-Mahon, or to your moderator, Levi, and myself. I look forward to meeting and getting to know you in January!

Sincerely,


Angie Ra


Chair, Legal Committee
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference

 

Levi Cooper

Dear Delegates,

It is my pleasure to welcome you to ILMUNC XXXIV! My name is Levi Cooper, and I will be serving as your moderator for the legal committee. I am currently a sophomore in the College of Arts and Sciences majoring in French and Francophone studies, as well as Political Science.

Though relatively new to Model United Nations (I first participated in ILMUNC during my senior year of high school, and have loved it ever since!), I grew up loving parliamentary procedure and debate, having taken part in various Debate, Mock Trial, Model Congress, and Moot Court competitions throughout my high school years. Though I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, I have been living in the Philadelphia area for a few years.

In addition to the International Affairs Association, the organization that runs ILMUNC, I am involved with various other political organizations on campus like Penn Model Congress, and am also an active participant with Penn Hillel. My Acapella group, UPenn Off the Beat, just recorded a full album which is now available on spotify! When I’m not singing, I love hanging out with friends or with my fraternity, Tau Epsilon Phi.

I’m very excited to be a part of Legal committee this year, and the two topics should stimulate a lot of lively debate. I encourage you all to read the background guides thoroughly, as well as to do your own research on the topics. I cannot wait to meet you all, and I encourage you to contact me, as well as our USG, Alexandra, if you have any questions!

Sincerely,

Levi Cooper

Moderator, Legal Committee
The 34th Ivy League Model United Nations Conference