International Court of Justice

The International Court of Justice, which has its seat in The Hague, is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations

Agenda: Appeal Relating to the Jurisdiction of the ICAO Council under Article 84 of the Convention on International Civil Aviation and under Article II, Section 2, of the 1944 International Air Services Transit Agreement (Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates v. Qatar)

Working language: English
Members and observers: 17+n/a
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As it is universally known, the International Court of Justice is the principal judicial organ of the United Nations. It was established in June 1945 by the UN Charter of which the Statute of the Court forms an integral part. The seat of the Court is at the Peace Palace in The Hague (Netherlands). It is composed of 15 judges, who are elected for nine-years term by the General Assembly and the Security Council and so on…. Boring?

Of course, theory runs the world (as my theory of States and Law lecturer said), however “…theory without experience is mere intellectual play”. That’s why the ICJ Model is the best place ever to practice your legal skills.

Esteemed Judges and Agents (the word “delegate” doesn’t exist for the ICJ MUN’ers), I solemnly declare that I will perform my duties and exercise my powers as President honourably, faithfully, impartially and conscientiously in order to make our court “legally” unforgettable.

Qatar crisis.
03/02 - 03/06.

Marina Kulidobrova
President of the International Court of Justice



Esteemed participants!

Beyond a shadow of a doubt, everyone is acquainted with the saying “Justitia regnōrum fundamentum”. Not a single country can exist without justice and law. But here comes in a question whether justice is merely a fundamental stone of a state. What if the main goal of bringing justice is far greater, not being restricted by the borders of a nation? Being a part of the International Court of Justice means bearing responsibility for bringing peace all over the world. Nowadays the humanity is facing more and more challenges which we must overcome for the better future of the humankind. Today’s society is going through hard time. It’s getting less sustainable which means less safe. We are becoming the witnesses of the events that are hard to foresee and therefore to prevent some negative scenarios. International Law is a key instrument to deal with obstacles which await us on our way and the main objective of ours is to learn how to work with this precious tool.

In this matter, more than ever, the United Nation shall play an integral role, being a unique international platform for negotiations. With all of the above-mentioned, as the Vice-President of the International Court of Justice, I encourage you, the Judges, to use all your legal competence, judge impartially and independently and you, the Agents, to show all your felicity of phrase and moxie to defend your legal positions. And I encourage all of you to find inspiration in everything you will face!

With best regards and hope for a memorable week,
Gleb Vishnevetskiy,
Vice-President of the International Court of Justice

Honorable Judges of the ICJ 2020!

As the Registrar on the case, I’m delighted to welcome you at our committee this year. The role of the judge differs significantly from the one of a delegate: not only does a judge need to seek the most appropriate, reasonable and acceptable solution, they also need to remain objective under all circumstances, putting their own feelings and attitudes aside and following strictly the letter of the law, which is never an easy thing to do.

This year we’re looking into the case of extreme complexity – Qatar crisis and the judicial procedures that have taken place in relation to it. The task we’re facing involves not only deciding on the lawfulness of the decision that was made, but also on the limits of the jurisdiction of the ICAO Council that has so far been dealing with the case.

The decision of the ICJ will be vital for the further development and, hopefully, resolution of the conflict. Therefore, I wish all of you patience and wisdom and look forward to collaborating with you on the case!


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