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International Criminal Court

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The International Criminal Court is a unique committee in Model UN because it will be run in trials as opposed to topics. Attorneys responsible for both prosecution and defense present their sides to each case, and the other members of ICC serve as members of the jury, responsible for asking questions and deciding on a thoughtful verdict. Once you sign up for the International Criminal Court, you will be sent the Trial Handbook and a copy of the Rome Statute. The details of each aspect of your case will be emailed to you once you sign up and pick your case. You are expected print out twelve copies of your case prior to the conference. Double-sided printing is highly recommended, as this will be a lot of paper. When you are not presenting your case, you will serve as a member of the jury. Your cases are expected to have a title page, brief, list of charges, and three pieces of evidence. One of these articles of evidence may be a witness' affidavit, which would be necessary for any witness to take the stand. Lawyers are highly recommended to prepare their interrogations ahead of time with any witnesses. Please be sure that all evidence comes from credible sources (not Wikipedia). Attorneys that are assigned prosecution should confirm their charges with the chair prior to the conference, clearly stating the grounds on which the defendant is being prosecuted in your case brief and opening statements. Openings/closings are optional. Each required part of your case will have a due date. I will personally look over each part of every lawyer’s case to ensure that all sources are appropriate and that proper formatting is used. I must also make sure that the Prosecution and Defense are on the same page. Good luck!


Jack Piotrowski

My name is Jack Piotrowski and I will be the only chair for the International Criminal Court during the Hilton 2014 conference. I've spent a vast majority of my six conference in the ICC and I don't regret a minute of it! I chaired during the UNAR 2014 conference and we were able to run a tight ship, I expect the same for this year. Outside of Model UN I have actively participated in Speech and Debate, Science Olympiad, the Brighton Fire Department, and the Rochester Museum and Science Center. Never hesitate to send me an email, I look forward to meeting everyone this year!


Bashar al-Assad

As president of Syria since 2000, al-Assad is alleged to have committed various human rights abuses, including instructing his secret police force to routinely torture, imprison, and kill political opponents.

Is al-Assad directly responsible for the actions of the Syrian security forces? Can his role be defended?


    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi is the current caliph of the Islamic State (Parts of Iraq and Syria) and was formerly the Emir of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (also known as ISIS). Al-Baghdadi is infamous for his brutal militant actions in the Middle East regarding the recent take-over of Iraqi and Syrian regions. The question remains whether or not al-Baghdadi can be held responsible for the actions of his organization.


      Mao Zedong

      While Mao Zedong died in 1976, he can still be tried for crimes on an international level. With an official title of the first Chairman of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, Zedong has been accredited with a regime that has employed numerous policies which allegedly violated the rights their constituents. The question remains, was Zedong the brain and executor behind his ruthless policies?


        Kim Jong Il

        Kim Jong Il passed away in 2011, but he is the current Eternal Party General Secretary. Despite maintaining this position after death, he cannot be held accountable for any human rights violations which occurred post mortem. Under Kim Jong Il's leadership, the North Korean government has repressed dissenters and constructed labor camps. Despite numerous criticisms by the international community, hard evidence is scarce.


          Lyndon Baines Johnson

          Lyndon Baines Johnson was president of the United States from 1963-1969 and was widely criticized for his actions during the Vietnam War. During the Vietnam War, American soldiers were responsible for the execution of war criminals without trial and the blatant slaughter of civilians. Such actions have been highlighted by events such as the My Lai Massacre, however, for conviction it must be proven that these events are widespread and systematic.


            Leopold II

            For the Hilton 2014 conference, the historical case will be that of Leopold II of Belgium. Leopold II reigned from 1865 to 1909. The primary concentration of this case would be related to the exploitation of rubber industry workers from the Congo Free State during the late nineteenth century. While the case is not limited to this subject, the exploitation of rubber workers is the most well known atrocity under the rule of Leopold II.


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