ICJ Overview

By: Alex Silvestri
“ICJ” is something heard frequently in the halls of the Marriott, often in the midst of a hot debate, but many are unsure of what it means. “ICJ” stands for International Court of Justice, and is the judicial sector of Model UN. Delegates from a select group of countries including the United States, Russian Federation, U.K., Italy, Japan and more, judge court cases under the guidance of Collin Westgard, president of ICJ, and Erika Newcomb, vice president. The judges listen to court cases in which countries sue one another. Judges ask the respondent and applicant countries impartial questions which help the judges come up with the majority and minority opinions.

Majority and minority opinions are recommendations for the countries being sued and are formed by debate held after the court cases where the judges take up the opinion of the specific country they are representing. Court cases and debate are moderated by the President and Vice President who do not represent a country and remain impartial. Currently, there is a wide variety of court cases going through ICJ. One of the bigger suits that many were lucky to hear today was North Korea suing all other countries holding nuclear power. The results of the case can be found the posted on the board outside of the ICJ room on sixth floor, along with the rulings on all other cases.