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Justin Böhlen

Assistant President

of the

ICJ

John F. Kennedy School

Dear Participants of BERMUN 2022,

Welcome to the International Court of Justice!

I am happy to be able to serve as a first time Student Officer in this year’s International Court of Justice (ICJ).

The breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s led to the Yugoslav Wars, which led to grievous war crimes and the indictment of 161 individuals in the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

A quarter century after the Dayton Agreement (1995) ended the Bosnian War, the Serb Republic (Republika Srpska) is moving once more to secede from Bosnia and Herzegovina, threatening war in the Balkans. The Army of the Republika Srpska (VRS), which was funded and supported by Serbia, was responsible for many war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Bosnian War.

Judges in the International Court of Justice will deliberate on whether Serbia and Montenegro were responsible for genocide during the Bosnian War. Judges must ask themselves whether war crimes were even avoidable in the conflict. Who takes the blame for war crimes, the soldier on the ground or the government?

This will be my 5th BERMUN conference, and I have spent two of those conferences in the International Court of Justice as a Judge, and two conferences as an admin. Being a Judge in the ICJ opened my eyes to the importance of international law and gave me insight I could not obtain in a different forum. MUN overall has helped me develop my public speaking skills.

I am a 15 year old 10th grader at the John F. Kennedy School here in Berlin. In my free time, I enjoy reading, taking walks, and hanging out with friends. I also enjoy developing my language skills, and I am currently learning Spanish.

I look forward to seeing you all in November.

Justin Böhlen
Registrar of the International Court of Justice


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