The School of Law of UCLan Cyprus was proud to host the 2nd Annual Model United Nations in collaboration with the United Nations Association of Cyprus. The event, which took place on the 13th of March 2017, was composed of two parts – an International Court of Justice moot, and a General Assembly session. These two simulations allowed students to practise and improve their research, team-working and public speaking skills while at the same time broaden their knowledge in diplomacy, public relations between states and international law.
The first part of the event was a moot on a fictional case heard by the International Court of Justice. The two counsels representing each side submitted their arguments on the controversial international law topic of use of force in self-defence. This was the first moot conducted in the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus’ history based on international law. The University’s gratitude goes out to the three judges of the moot – Dr Akis Hadjihambis, Mr George Arestis and Ms Clelia Theodoulou – who dedicated their time and ensured the smooth running of the moot.
The second part of the event was the General Assembly session, which focused on the topical issue of climate change and during which, the views of over 20 countries were presented and discussed. Students acting as delegates did extensive research to ensure that the Member States they represented had their policies and opinions heard. They discussed these policies and opinions during the debate of a draft resolution. During the course of the debate, the delegates introduced two amendments to the resolution, one of which was passed successfully. The draft resolution as a whole, including the approved amendment, was passed with the approval of the majority of the General Assembly session. The School of Law of UCLan Cyprus is grateful for the time and effort dedicated by Mr Nicos Rolandis, Dr Christos Theodoulou and Mr George Lycourgos who acted as the President of General Assembly, UN Secretary General and UN Under-Secretary General respectively.
Due to the event being focused on climate change, His Excellency the Ambassador of France, Mr Rene Troccaz, delivered a speech on the importance of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. The Ambassador addressed the presiding panel, the participants and the guests of the General Assembly session by outlining the main goals of the Paris Agreement as well as the vision the French government with regards to the future of international agreements on climate change.
Congratulations are due to the two students who received awards for their exceptional performance during the event. Yomna Zentani won the ‘Best Mooter Award’ and Phoebe Coles the ‘Best Delegate Award’. The Mooting Society and the School of Law of UCLan Cyprus thank all the participants for the time and effort they dedicated to the event. We are also thankful to the United Nations Association of Cyprus for their collaboration and guidance throughout the planning stages of this event.