ISLMUN Procedures

Duties of Delegates

  • Stand when speaking and addressing the committee members or Chairs.
  • Delegates must be present and indicate their voting stance. (If Delegate identifies as “Present”, they are allowed to abstain during voting. If Delegate identifies as “Present and Voting”, they are not permitted to abstain.)
  • Delegates must address the Chairs and fellow Delegates before beginning their speech.
  • Speakers must address the House in third person at all times.
  • Delegates must not insult any member of the House, Admin, Press, or Visitors.
  • Male Delegates must wear a jacket when speaking.
  • Delegates must yield the floor when required by the Chair.

Security Council Exception

In the Security Council, the Expert Chair for the discussed topic has the right to veto a clause directly violating the sovereignty of a state not represented in the council. This is also appropriate if Delegates fail to recognize a clause that directly violates United Nations procedures and international conventions.

Policy Statements

All Delegates are required to write their Policy Statement.

Right to Follow Up

At ISLMUN, right to follow up is granted to each Delegate once per Point of Information, at the discretion of the Chair.

Approval Panel

  • The job of the approval panel is to ensure the structure of the resolution adheres to in house procedures and that potentially problematic clauses are identified.
  • Approval panel is to go through the resolution and inform the main submitter (Or submitter of each clause for SC), about any necessary changes.
  • Chairs serve the role of the approval panel.

Questions of Funding

  • No resolution may contain specific amounts of financial resources.
  • The inclusion of a source of funding in resolutions is highly encouraged in all committees.
  • Funding will not, however, be the focus of debate.

Voting Procedures

A majority vote determines whether resolutions and amendments pass or fail.

Amendments

  • Amendments can only be made during amenable debate time, which is set at the discretion of the Chair, and is normally 60% of the total debate time of the resolution.
  • Delegate submits an amendment on the amendment sheet.
  • Chair responds if it will be entertained or not.
  • If yes, Chair highlights the amendment on the resolution.
  • Upon speaker leaving the floor, Amendment is announced.
  • Chair reads the amendment clearly.
  • Submitter takes the floor, there is no clapping on any amendments passed.

Amendment to the First Degree

  • Only in order if regarding the debated clause (SC), or debated resolution (Other non-ICJ committees).
  • Must be written on amendment sheet provided by the Chair upon note request.
  • Amendments are read out by the Chair clearly.
  • All amendments are debated and voted upon.
  • Delegates can vote for, against, or abstain.
  • Constructive amendments should be prioritized.
  • Handled by the expert Chair.
  • Chairs must keep a record of passed amendments.

Amendment to the Second Degree

  • Can only be submitted in time against First Degree.
  • Debate on such amendment does not count towards time against First Degree.
  • Second Degree voted upon first, First Degree debate time to resume upon voting.
  • Amendment to the Third Degree is not in order.

Miscellaneous

  • Delegates are not permitted to use inappropriate analogies; this is completely out of order if dealing with sensitive topics.
  • Declaration of war is strictly out of order.

ICJ Procedures

Overview of the ICJ

Established under the United Nations Charter in 1945, the International Court of Justice has since been the judicial panel of the UN. The court’s primary purpose is to mediate any multinational dispute under the boundaries of international law. The ICJ also acts as a principal advisor for any UN body and other specialized organizations regarding legal concerns in international and/or domestic actions.

The more comprehensive guide, with all procedural guides and related information can be found here.

Modes of Address

Unlike the other major organs that make up the United Nations, the ICJ Court does not require parties to use third-person address. However, the Court’s Modes of Address is still restricted to the highest of formality.

Court members that occupy the seat of presidency shall be addressed as “Mister/Madame President/Vice President” or “President/Vice President”.

Any members of the panel of judges shall be addressed as “Your Honor” or “Judge Surname” or “Judge”.

Should there be a need to address the Registrar, they shall be addressed as “Registrar Surname” or “Registrar”.

As for the prosecuting and defending party, there are two modes of address that needs to be taken into account. When addressing a specific advocate of a party, the advocate needs to be referred to as “Advocate” or “Counsel”. When addressing an entire party, the party should be referred to as “Applicant/Respondent” or address by the name of the country they are representing.

Any witnesses that testify during court hearings may be referred to, and may use, first-person address.

Roles and Responsibilities

Court Officers:

The Presidency

  • President – The President takes precedence over all court proceedings, direct the accounts of the case and administers over the Court panel (in weighing of evidence and ruling of verdict). During judicial deliberations, the President will cast a vote for the final verdict alongside the judges.
  • Vice President – The Vice President acts as a direct assistance to the President, both in proceedings and essential materials of the Court. They are also the presiding officer in the absence or vacancy of the President. The Vice President will have casting vote in the final verdict.
The Registry

Registrar – As a court officer, the registrar’s duty is to ensure all administrative proceedings in the case has been carefully managed. This includes providing the Presidents and the Judges with copies of the stipulation, memoranda, evidence packets, and any other documents necessary during court proceedings. They are also to keep track of the hearing by means of written reports/minutes.

Judiciary Panel

Judge – Judges are responsible for all the court’s deliberation, which includes weighing of evidence, examinations of witnesses, and the final verdict. However, since the court hearing will be of contentious nature, Judges must come to court without any in-depth knowledge or pre-formed opinions on the case. Verdict on the dispute should be solely based upon legality, determined through the hearing of both sides. Due to circumstances, unlike the normal 13 or 15 Judges on a panel, ICJ at ISLMUN 201p will have 3 Judges alongside the Presidents to reach the final verdict.

Advocate

Advocate – Each advocate will be a part of a team of 3 and can either be of an Applicant or a Respondent party. An advocate’s duty is to present the case to their country’s best interest to the highest of their ability. On top of that, an advocate must prepare all necessary documents (refer to the Document section) and hand them in to the Presidents and Registrar on deadlines set by the President before the case is debated. It is also in the advocate’s best interest to prepare their witnesses beforehand.

Witness

Witness – Any witness that stand to testify in front of the Court must be fully aware of the case. They must be prepared to answer questions from the Applicant party, the Respondent party and the Panel. The witness will also be sworn in by an oath during the witness examination.

Documents

All ICJ documents should be submitted prior to the inception of the conference. These documents present a general summary and arguments of each side. During the conference, these documents will primarily be utilized for argumentative support and background check purposes.

Important Note:

Case files will be received by advocates as a tool for preparation and understanding of the case at hand. This document will delve into the details of the case and is the equivalent of a ‘research report’ in comparison to other MUN committees.