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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.


Topic A: Refining the Legal Definition of Terrorism

Despite its ubiquity in the modern world and the incredible threat it poses to civilians in less secure or unstable regions, terrorism has no official international legal definition. This inadequacy hinders both counterterrorism efforts and broader legal efforts to create uniform international standards.

Topic B: Application of International Law to Cyber Warfare

The emergence of cyber warfare tactics has and will continue to threaten international order, peace, and geopolitical stability. A coherent legal response to this new frontier of warfare based on preexisting laws of war and the realities of cyber attacks must be developed in order to ensure the responsible use of digital technology.

Topic C: The Practice of Reservations to Treaties

Reservations are legal instruments that allow countries to pick and choose which aspects and clauses they wish to recognize and adhere to when ratifying treaties. While a crucial component of national sovereignty, many international legal commentators have pointed out the ambiguity surrounding their practical application, their potential to fracture international law, and the extent to which they can and have undermined human rights treaties.


Caden Farley, LEGAL Chair

1. ) Why do you participate in Model UN?

I participate in Model UN because it provides me with an opportunity to debate complex and fascinating international issues within the framework of parliamentary procedure. The politics of committee is exhilarating and the people are great.

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

Haggis. I’d only be eaten in Scotland, so as long as I was anywhere else I would be safe.

3.) What is your Favorite SHSMUN memory?

Last year, a delegate attempted to speak for 10 minutes to give his group time to finish their super-resolution. He made an admirable effort to essentially filibuster the committee until he was able to introduce the paper, but eventually he ran out of points to make and began to ramble on the topic. The entire committee slowly and gradually realized his strategy and broke out in laughter.

4.) If your life was a book what would the title be?

“Please Don’t Make This Into a Movie”

5.)What's your favorite quote?

“I must study politics and war that my sons may have liberty to study mathematics and philosophy.” -John Adams