International Criminal Court

President’s Letters:
Delegates,

It would be all too easy to go on an emotional tirade about the injustices that plague the world, and the people responsible for them. The news, and even social media are splashed with headlines describing the latest atrocities carried out in countries far and near, and even right in our own communities. Why, we ask, do people do bad things to other people? While it is not the goal of the ICC to answer this question, let us keep in mind that there are many, many individuals and organizations justifying their actions—no matter how heinous they may be—with their ideology.

The goal of ICC is simple: to make sure that those who commit grievous crimes—specifically Genocide, War Crimes and Crimes Against Humanity—are held accountable for their actions. However, bringing accountability is easier said than practiced. Gathering enough evidence to start a case and tracking down the suspects is a Herculean task, often hindered by conflicts and loopholes. It is unlikely that the defendants in this packet—all real-life leaders of states and organizations—will face up to their crimes in The Hague. Indeed, the track record of ICC is humbling. You may wonder what the use of ICC is, when the majority of criminals will get off scot-free. For me, it is the principle of ICC that justifies its existence. The very existence of the ICC is a statement that anyone and everyone—regardless of their status, nationality, or ideology—can and should be subject to law.

In KAMUN ICC, you will not only be attorneys striving to persuade the jury—but witnesses speaking out about their experiences, and jury members trying to understand the truth of the matter. I urge you now to read the packets carefully, organize the evidence to your advantage, do some background research, and keep up to date with current events. Have fun, but be conscientious—this is more than a stage.
Best Regards,
Sheila Baber
President of the International Criminal Court

Sheila Baber
President of the International Criminal Court

Email: sheilababer17@kingsacademy.edu.jo

Phone Number: +962 7 9974 9253

Deputy President’s Letter:

Delegates,
We have seen millions of dollars squandered for the wrong reasons, whether it is for the use of spying, war or criminality. The blame has been played around with disallowing us from pinpointing the main causes of these contrasting complications. With the different principles and morals of global or national organizations, almost any action can be justified despite how odious and abhorrent it might seem to be. Social Media has played a big role in determining how we, as outsiders, view these issues and subconsciously forcing us to take sides based on the political views of certain newspapers or news outlets in general. With all current difficulties we form one question; is it all really worth it?
Whether it is instigating a war, being involved in criminal activity or simply putting the lives of innocent people around the world in danger, the aim of the ICC is to make those responsible for these atrocious actions liable for what they have done. In order for the ICC to make the right call regarding independent cases, enough evidence is required as well as reliable sources as both the prosecutors and defendants will argue their points, with the latter’s objective being to prove the defendant’s innocence. The ICC follows the mentality that regardless of ethnicity, religion, race, principles or morals, everyone should be and will be held accountable for their actions. You, as the advocates of this committee, must provide the best form of questioning and witness responses. This can only be done through deep understanding of the case at hand, and the ability to locate and use loopholes. KAMUN ICC is an opportunity for aspiring lawyers and politicians to take up the role of serving justice and preparing the new generation for what is to come later on in the real world.
Best Regards,
Fadi Nuqul
Deputy President of the International Criminal Court

Fadi Nuqul
Deputy President of the International Criminal Court

Email: fadinuqul18@kingsacademy.edu.jo

Phone Number: +962 7 9700 5506

** Download “Guide to the ICC KAMUN2016.pdf”

** Download “Rome Statute.pdf”

Topic 1: Prosecution v. Kim Jong Un

Since the end of the Korean War, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea has been ruled by the Kim family. After Kim Jong Il’s death in 2011, his son, Kim Jong Un came to power as the Supreme Leader of DPRK. Like his father and his grandfather before him, Kim Jong Un has ultimate control over the military, government, and the nuclear arsenal of the DPRK. While decades of isolationist policies have made the DPRK one of the most secretive nations in the world, witness testimonies from defectors and the intelligence committee point towards widespread government sanctioned human rights violations—ranging from forced disappearances, denial of basic human rights, torture, and extrajudicial executions.

In 2014, the Commission of Inquiry appointed by the Human Rights Council of the United Nations released a 300+ pages report detailing the extent of human rights abuses carried out by the DPRK government. The government of DPRK denied all allegations. Yet, it is suspected that the chain of command for these human rights violations may reach the highest levels of government–perhaps even Kim himself.

Packet 1: link

Topic 2: Prosecution v. Ahmad Umar

Al-Shabaab, currently ruled by Ahmad Umar, is an Islamist organization that is located in East Africa. Its end goal is to form a more united and conservative nation. Recently, members of the organization have been questioning certain aspects of legitimacy.

Since the death of the former leader of Al-Shabaab, Godane, secondary officials have been belligerent in an attempt to obtain the title of “Emir”. Ahmad Umar was appointed “Emir” on February 6th, 2010.

Ahmad Umar was a man known to take action without consulting his advisors. During his reign, specifically 2016, many members of Al-Shabaab were not pleased with the recent turn of events and the inflation in violence. Many of those members came forward to address the situation while questioning Ahmad Umar’s validity to be a leader. As a precautionary measure, Ahmad took it upon himself to spend a few days in Buur Hakaba where he was captured by Somalian militants.

In this hypothetical situation, Ahmad Umar was transferred to the Netherlands to receive his official ruling through the International Criminal Court due to the fact that he is labeled as an international terrorist, allegedly.

Packet 2: link

Topic 3: Prosecution v. Abu Muhammad Al Golani

Once the Syrian branch of Al-Qaeda, Jabhat al-Nusra is one of the many armed rebel groups fighting against the Assad regime. Jabhat al-Nusra announced its existence in 2012, after a series of car and suicide bombings in Damascus and Aleppo that claimed the lives of civilians and government workers alike. As one of the largest rebel groups, Jabhat al-Nusra has taken control of parts of northern, southern, and western Syria.

The emir of Jabhat al-Nusra, Abu Muhammad al-Golani, is a secretive and camera shy man with mysterious origins. In the summer of 2016, however, al-Golani himself appeared in a video declaring the split of Jabhat al-Nusra from Al-Qaeda, and reaffirmed Jabhat al-Nusra’s goal of toppling the Assad regime.

While Jabhat al-Nusra brands itself as a freedom fighting organization, there are reports of extrajudicial killings and torture carried by its members. Whether these actions were conducted under al-Golani’s orders, however, is unknown.

Packet 3: link

* Although the events and people discussed in the ICC are real, the above descriptions of arrest are merely hypothetical and have not occurred. The quotes are also not real and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoints of the defendants. None of these individuals have actually been prosecuted by the ICC as of January 2017.