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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: Defining the Scope of Universal Jurisdiction

Universal jurisdiction was originally created as a way to ensure civilian safety by providing national courts with the ability to try people for crimes against humanity even if those persons were being tried outside of their native country. The crimes punishable under universal jurisdiction have not been evaluated in a very long time, and have thus made the strategy unusable or ineffective in some cases.

Topic B: Extrajudicial Executions

Extrajudicial executions are defined as executions issued by government personnel without going through conventional legal procedures. Killings of this sort are becoming more common in places such as the Philippines and Africa.

Topic C: Norm of Non-Intervention

The purpose of non-intervention is to protect sovereign states from the imperialistic intentions of other unscrupulous states. While this policy does seek to protect a state against military intervention, it also sometimes prohibits humanitarian and economic intervention.

Grace Wilson, LEGAL Chair

1) What are your hobbies?

My hobbies are writing poetry, reading, playing video games, making terrible puns, and watching anything good that I can find on Netflix.

2) Why do you participate in Model UN?

I participate in Model UN because it enables me to feel more connected to the world around me as a whole. The idea of being able to make a difference in this world is incredibly amazing, and being a part of this program makes me feel one step closer.

3) What would your theme song be?

“All Star” by Smashmouth.

4) What is your favorite quote?

“If you only do what you can, you will never be more than you are.” ― Kung Fu Panda

5) What is your favorite SHSMUN memory?

I was sitting on the floor with my school, eating lunch, and a girl took her 3-inch high heels off. A guy proceeded to put them on, with the idea that he would be able to strut up and down the hallway in them. Fortunately, this was not the case, and he face-planted immediately.