International Court of Justice


The International Court of Justice (ICJ) is the main judicial body of the United Nations.  The ICJ settles legal disputes submitted by member states of the UN and offers advisory opinions on legal questions submitted by international organizations and the UN General Assembly.  At MSMUN, our justices will rule on a conflict between two countries.  We will hear the case of the plaintiff, the defendant, come to a ruling, and decide on suitable reparations, if any.  All justices have equal voices in the court and no member has veto over another.  The ICJ does not follow formal debate or speakers lists, but rather utilizes moderated and unmoderated debate to rule on the issues.  Justices will represent the political positions and relationships of their countries.  

The case this year:

Poaching in Brazil

The case summary is available here.  

Joslyn Hebda, Chair


Joslyn Hebda

Grade: Junior

Major: International Studies major, Asian Studies minor

Model UN experience: 1 year of Model UN in high school, 3 years at Rhodes

Travel Stories: I spent two weeks in France during the summer of 2009.  I spent the whole time complaining that Coke Light was not Diet Coke.

Fun Fact: This past summer I conquered my fear of heights by spending a month completely re-roofing my house. 

Inspirational Quote:  "Probably my worst quality is that I get very passionate about what I think is right" --Hillary Rodham Clinton