The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) was a United Nations court of law that dealt with war crimes that took place during the conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990s. Established by the Security Council in accordance with Chapter VII of the UN Charter, its goal is to try those individuals most responsible for appalling acts such as murder, torture, rape, enslavement, destruction of property and other crimes listed in the Tribunal's Statute. During its mandate, which lasted from 1993 - 2017, it irreversibly changed the landscape of international humanitarian law, providing victims an opportunity to voice the horrors they witnessed and experienced, and proving that those suspected of bearing the greatest responsibility for atrocities committed during armed conflicts can be called to account.
This year, BERMUN2 will simulate this renowned Tribunal. Our simulation is a challenging forum and a “crash course” in international law making it an ideal opportunity for students who are interested in law. All members of the ICTY will learn to analyze legal evidence and hone their rhetorical skills. The intimacy of our small “committee” will enable participants to engage in the Tribunal's proceedings.
To make this year’s endeavor yet another success, dedication before and during the conference is crucial.
The Tribunal at BERMUN2 is composed of 15 to 18 independent judges and two pairs of advocates. Additionally, three student officers, one President and two Assistant Presidents, lead the simulation. During the conference, the advocates argue their case through speeches and the presentation of factual and legal evidence. The judges deliberate upon the information presented to them and compose a verdict expressing their judgment. Student Officers advise the advocates in the pre-conference preparation and assist them in identifying and organizing their key arguments. In addition, they guide the judges in their deliberation, help them evaluate legal documents, and facilitate deliberation. The Student Officer team encourages any participating BERMUN2 students to take advantage of this unique opportunity.
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