We are pleased to announce the return of the International Court of Justice committee to HAMUN 43. ICJ is typically a committee reserved for advanced and experienced delegates, seeking to expand their MUN experience with a nontraditional committee with its own parliamentary procedures. 

Please read the committee guide, which details unique committee procedures, position paper information, and delegate instructions for ICJ here.
Characters for ICJ will be sent to sponsors by November 8th. 


1.  Resolution for Fair Division of the Disputed Waters of the Arctic Ocean (Canada vs. Russian Federation)

As the ice continues to melt at the North Pole, Russia, the United States, Canada, Norway, and Denmark face the struggle to determine fair division of the waters of one of the final untapped resource-rich frontiers on the planet.  The Arctic is projected to contain trillions of dollars in oil and gas resources in deposits larger than those of Saudi Arabia. The region is also incredibly important for strategic purposes, and Russia has already begun conducting threatening military exercises in the Arctic at its new northern bases.  Now, as the changing climate begins to open up Arctic sea routes, the second-largest physical border holder of the Arctic, Canada, seeks to resolve this impending conflict at the International Court of Justice.

Background Guide

2. Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (People’s Republic of Bangladesh vs. Republic of the Union of Myanmar)

As the persecution of the Rohingya Muslims elevates in Myanmar, refugees of this ethnic group continue to migrate away from their homeland. Many of these refugees have crossed the western border with Bangladesh to seek a better life and to escape sociopolitical oppression at home. While Myanmar denies any ethnic cleansing or persecution, the situation of the Rohingya has escalated to become one of the most notorious human rights issues this decade.  Bangladesh, in order to prevent instability within its own borders, has sought to resolve the accusations of genocide by the Myanmarian military through the International Court of Justice.

Background Guide