International Court of Justice
There have been many instances in history that reek of the stench of failed leadership, leaving a trail of wars, disasters and failures behind. For instance, the 2003 American invasion of Iraq was built on the false assumption that Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction. Perhaps the capsizing of Saddam Hussein was a good idea in theory, but the leadership responsible for this operation failed to take the monetary and human cost of this action into account. Putting the many losses in American and Iraqi lives aside, the purpose of invading Iraq took a massive backslide when a brutal regime was replaced by anarchism and terrorism.
A more recent example is the BREXIT referendum. British Prime Minister David Cameron gambled with his country’s future when he suggested the idea of leaving the European union to please some of his more conservative MPs without putting much thought into how this notion will greatly impact Britain and the world’s economy.
Leaders around the world face the obligation of fighting terrorism, but sometimes the lines blur and they end up exacerbating the problem. For example, Putin has taken it upon himself to help fight the terrorists in Syria. However, it is unclear what Russia thinks “terrorists” are. The cost of bombing Syria for the sake of fighting terrorists has been the loss of many innocent Syrian lives and the destruction of sites of historical significance.
So when we come together to solve issues of justice that plague our societies, I urge you all to think of the cost of your decisions. Think about the social justice issues that have been recurring in the news; police brutality in the US, the Syrians who are either displaced or stuck in a country plagued by war and terrorism…
While you are attending KAMUN17, you will be thinking of two issues, the closest to home being the Kurdish plea for an independent state, and the farthest being the territorial dispute between Somalia and Kenya. Our attention will be equally divided between these two cases so that we can reach a decision regarding these conflicts. it is your job to be the primary contributors to the resolution of these conflicts, so let’s bring these cases to life.
Leen Al-Zu’bi and Hyun Taek Lim,
President and Deputy President of the International Court of Justice.
President of the International Court of Justice
Phone Number: +962 7 9739 0904
Hyun Taek Lim
Deputy President of the International Court of Justice
Phone Number: +962 7 9659 3868