Welcome to the very first edition of Shishukunj MUN! My name is Pragya Bhagat, and I am extremely excited to serve as the Chairperson for the GA6 Legal committee. A little about myself- I am an 11th grade student studying the humanities; yes, delegates, politics and law is my strong suit. Apart from devouring novels, I love watching Suits and listening to music. Having attended several national level conferences, I can safely say MUNing is one my primary interests. In my opinion, MUNs are wonderful platforms to polish your research skills and become more sensitive to real world problems affecting real people. Dont worry, though, MUNs arent just long boring committee sessions discussing tedious topics- they give you a unique opportunity to interact and socialize with all kinds of people.
The agenda for Legal this year is Defining Legal Boundaries to Ensure Fair Implementation of the Responsibility to Protect Doctrine. Embroiled in several ethical and legal controversies, the R2P is an especially pressing topic that we are going to address. I expect you all to be extremely well researched, so that the committee is stimulating and dynamic. Brush up your oratory skills, and never, ever forget the golden rule of an MUN- Never go against your foreign policy. So start your research, diplomats, and look forward to two days of intense debate and entertainment!
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Shishukunj MUN 2015
The agenda for this years General Assembly 6th committee is Defining Legal Boundaries to Ensure Fair Implementation of the Responsibility to Protect doctrine. The issue of intervention on humanitarian grounds has been one of the most challenging and controversial topics to plague the international community. The Responsibility to Protect has developed out of the need for a clear and coherent framework to respond to intrastate mass atrocity crimes. Not a legally binding framework, R2P is grounded more as a principal than a law in existing international law. The R2P entails three guidelines for states: to protect their population from genocide and war crimes, to assist other states in fulfilling this responsibility and to employ appropriate diplomatic and humanitarian means to diffuse tensions if conflict breaks out. Force should only be used as a last resort, not as a covert means of advancing economic or political interests. Critics of the R2P often raise cases where the R2P might be misused, which drew attention to the necessity of restricting the R2P by International Law to ensure fair use only.
How should the international community respond to human rights violations within a state? How should the international system tackle catastrophic atrocities in a state when its leaders themselves have repudiated the responsibility to safeguard the rights of their people? How should the line be drawn, between multilateral assistance and a breach of sovereignty, by international law? And, even when intervention may seem legitimate, when should it be deemed legal? This years Legal committee looks forward to answering these questions.