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The Sixth Committee is the primary international forum for the consideration of legal questions, and it promotes a progressive development of international law.

Topics

Topic A: The Legislative Protection of the Environment During Armed Conflict
Modern warfare oftentimes causes lasting damage to the environment and ecosystems, even after a conflict has ended. Despite the serious consequences of armed conflict, there is little international legislation that addresses the problem. 

Topic B: State Responsibility in Relation to State Succession

Under current international law, states incur responsibility from committing a wrongful or illegal act. The international community generally agrees that states must be responsible for their illegal actions; however, holding states accountable becomes difficult in the event of state succession, which is the replacement of a state by one or more states. The international community has considered both state responsibility and state succession, but has not fully considered the two in relation to each other. 

Topic C: The Settlement of Disputes to which IGOs are Party

It is paramount that disputes within the international community be settled peacefully; however, many difficulties arise when settling disputes involving international governmental organizations (IGOs). These difficulties stem from legislation and practices, as current international dispute settlement mechanisms are geared toward states and are not inclusive of IGOs. Despite the high number of IGOs, the international community continues to lack a proper means of dispute settlement.

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Sasha Hitachi, LEGAL Chair

legal@shsmun.org

1. ) Use three adjectives to describe yourself.

Adaptable, precise, and unconventional.

2.) What kind of food would you be? Why?

I would be a coffee cake or a pastry. Both go well with coffee, as do I.

3.) What is your Favorite SHSMUN memory?

My favorite SHSMUN memory was last year at the 2018 SHSMUN. We had been going back and forth on a topic, and someone asked what "DNA" stood for. They then proposed to spend the next 15 minutes debating what the abbreviation stood for. A delegate stood to address the floor, and said, "Deoxyribonucleic acid." Immediately, everyone in the committee jumped up and started applauding. We were so loud, all of the surrounding committees wondered what was going on.

4.) What is your 2019 anthem?

Imagine, by John Lennon.

5.) What's your favorite quote?

“When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too.”- Paulo Coelho