Model United Nations (MUN) conferences have become a serious part of the process of bringing the world’s most crucial decision-making organizations closer to young people and thus supporting the role of youth in today’s persistently changing world. During such conferences each participant acts as a delegate of one country in bodies of different international organizations. The conferences are aimed at discussing topical themes from the areas of diplomacy, international law, international relations and international economy, while improving negotiation skills and rhetoric.
The MUNLawS Club of the Faculty of Law, University of Ljubljana under the mentorship of prof. Vasilka Sancin, Vice-Dean for Quality Assurance and mag. Maša Kovič-Dine, teaching assistant, has successfully organized MUNLawS conferences since 2013. The conferences were attended by more than 300 university and high school delegates from all over the world. The keynote speakers at the opening ceremonies included Mr. Borut Pahor, President of the Republic of Slovenia, prof. dr. Danilo Türk, former President of the Republic of Slovenia, Mr. Eric Povel, the Program Officer in the Engagements Sections of NATO’s Public Diplomacy Division, and major Nataša Zorman, member of the Slovenian Armed Forces, Deputy Contingent Commander of ISAF and KFOR .
The fourth conference is to take place between 20th and 23rd October 2016 and the delegates will be discussing topics in six different committees: the NATO Committee, the International Court of Justice, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, the Security Council Committee, the Human Rights Council Committee, and UNCAC– Conference of the States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption.
Researching the topics and preparing for the debate helps all the participants obtain a deep knowledge of the discussed issues, as well as a better understanding of procedures within international organizations. It is in the best interest of the modern society that its youth is well educated, well informed and well connected. This sort of conferences give young people a chance to connect, build friendships and liaisons in an environment where they learn to solve problems and overcome barriers together as significant members of the international community.
Application deadline: 10th September 2016