Legal Commitee

Dear Delegates,

I am so excited to welcome you to Sixth Committee: Legal and to ILMUNC China! The ILMUNC China Secretariat and Staff have been working incredibly hard to ensure that this will be the weekend of a lifetime, and I can safely assure you that it will be.

A little bit about myself: I am a junior in the Wharton School studying Finance and Behavioral Economics, and I was born and raised in Manhattan Beach, California, a coastal suburb of Los Angeles (However, in 7th and 8th grade, I spent a short two years living in Bangalore, India!). My interest in Model UN was sparked in my sophomore year of high school and has carried on throughout college. In November of 2017, I had the distinct pleasure of serving as the Secretary-General of UPMUNC 51, Penn’s college Model UN conference. While not doing MUN-related things, I spend my time searching for good açaí bowls or vegan restaurants in Philly, jamming to pretty much any kind of music that has a solid beat, and running short distances at a pretty moderate pace (it’s the effort that counts, right?).

Get ready for a weekend of fun and intense debate at ILMUNC China. Feel free to ask us any questions whatsoever throughout the duration of the weekend, whether it be about committee, Penn, or life in general! I absolutely cannot wait to meet all of you so soon and to hear all about your fantastic ideas.

Dear Delegates,

Hi! Welcome to ILMUNC China! My name is Divya Rao and I will be serving as your moderator for the 6th committee of the General Assembly; Legal. I’m pumped for the conference this year and I cannot wait to work with you to make this a fun weekend!

First, a little about me. I am currently a junior on the pre-med track studying Finance and Management at the Wharton School, with a minor in Chemistry. Though I currently go to school at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, I was born and raised on Long Island, New York. On campus, I am the Vice President of External Affairs for Penn’s South Asia Society, the Co-Programming Chair for the Penn Association for Gender Equity, and an active member of my sorority Alpha Phi. As a member of the International Affairs Association, I have participated in various branches such as Academic Affairs, and the Partnerships and International Aid Initiative.

I am so thankful to be staffing this committee with Risha Rohera. Risha and I have been friends since our first weeks of college and she is one of the reasons that I decided to join the International Affairs Association in the first place. We hope that you have a great time exploring issues of international legality and getting engaged in the collaborative debate process. We are excited to see what you have in store for us! See you soon!

Introduction

The Sixth Committee: Legal Committee is the main forum for the discussion of legal issues in the General Assembly. All Member States of the United Nations are entitled to representation in the Sixth Committee, one of the core committees of the assembly. The topics that the committee will cover over the duration of the conference are the International Law of the Seas and Reforming Peacekeeping (including diplomatic immunity). The international law of the sea essentially encompasses all legal norms, rights and diplomatic relations concerning the world’s oceans, and plays out in the sphere of multinational diplomatic relations. The committee will also explore ways to revitalize peacekeeping -- one of the most useful assets of the United Nations in managing international conflicts and disasters -- considering faltering infrastructure supporting the program and lack of volunteered funds by member-states.

Topic 1: International Law of the Seas

Topic 2: Reforming Peacekeeping