URUMUN student union simulate United Nations conference model
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The URUMUN student union held their very first United Nations style assembly to discuss human rights and climate change last Friday at the Janskerkhof chapel in Utrecht on the 11th of October, 2013. The ceremony was opened by Mr. Matthew Brown; admissions and URUMUN committee officer.
Honorary guest speakers included Dr. Cedric Ryngaert, an expert and lecturer on international law at the Utrecht University. Dr Ryngaert started off the opening ceremony discussing climate change and the judicial steps that are being taken to minimize climate change through the preservation of rainforests. Dr. Ryngaert also mentioned the important role industrialized nations are going to have to play to take steps in minimizing deforestation.
Mr Peter Robinson was second to take the stage. Peter is an American lawyer who serves as Legal Advisor to former Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Mr Robinson, dressed in a traditional judge robe, discussed his background and experience with his past clients. Mr Robinson furthermore mentioned the importance of preparation, credibility and respect when playing the role of a judge.
Lastly to take the podium was Mr Herman von Hebel, Registrar of the International Criminal Court (ICC). Herman mentioned the ever important role the ICC is playing at bringing international criminals to justice. He also mentioned a number of flaws in the ICC judicial system and the steps that should be taken to work more effectively as a tribunal in a global setting.
The URUMUN continued with another five internal committee sessions which took place throughout the weekend. Click here to see the schedule for this past URUMUN event.
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