Committee Information

Committee Name: Sixth Committee: Legal
Organ: General Assemblies
Undersecretary-General: Claudia Alonso
Deputy Undersecretary-General: Bilva Chandra
Chairs: Katherine Cienkus and Allie Little
Topic A: Cyber Espionage
Topic B: Legality of Airstrikes

The Topic Abstract for this committee can be accessed here.

A Letter from the Chairs

 

Hello delegates!

 

Our names are Katherine and Allie, and we are very excited to welcome you to this year’s meeting. The Legal Committee is the Sixth Committee of the United Nations General Assembly and has universal membership for all of the United Nations Member States. Resolutions passed in our committee will be referred to the Plenary General Assembly for consideration.

Cyber espionage has been practiced by states to spy and obtain secrets from other states, officials and organizations for many years; it is not new. However, in the last ten years, cyber espionage has become increasingly common, as non-governmental actors engage in using elicit spyware to attack and gather information from corporations and political groups. This controversial practice is at the forefront of today’s political events, and due to the difficult nature of tracing such remote persons behind computers, the international community must discuss its implications thoroughly. This committee will aim to lay the framework for understanding cyber espionage in an international law.

Throughout the past ten years, airstrikes, especially using drones and artificial intelligence are in increased use. Though in the past this committee and others have discussed limiting drone strikes, the most common method of warfare has become routine airstrikes which have been shown to ut civilians at risk and have less accountability. This committee will aims to provide a framework where airstrikes are allowed and accepted in warfare, yet keep those who are most at risk safe. You will be expected to understand your country’s usage of and involvement with airstrikes, and advocate best practices to keep your state safe.

We are looking forward to meeting all of you in February, and if you have any specific questions please feel free to email us!

 

Hoya Saxa!

Katherine and Allie

Chairs, Sixth Committee: Legal

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About the Co-Chairs

 

Katherine is a senior in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service here at Georgetown studying International History and Religion, Ethics, and World Affairs. Regarding Model UN, as a freshman and sophomore she was a member of the traveling team, staffed NCSC XLIII and XLIV, and was on the Secretariat of NAIMUN LIII. However, as a junior she spent the entire year abroad of the University of Oxford studying more specifically the history of the Middle East in the Age of Empire, and conducting thesis research on British policy towards the Middle East during World War I. Her ultimate aim is law school, and she is thus very excited to be chairing the Legal GA! Her passions include history, coffee, reading the news, and singing karaoke, all of which will probably come to play sometime during committee…

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Allie Little is a senior in the College at Georgetown University studying Economics and French with a minor in History. Growing up in Geneva, Switzerland, she studied at the International School of Geneva, earning the International Baccalaureate and competing in both the Students League of Nations and debate. At Georgetown, she continues to explore her passion for international relations and world affairs; she spent a summer abroad in Florence, Italy and her junior year fall semester abroad in Strasbourg, France. She also is a member of the Philodemic Society, Georgetown’s premier debate society where she previously served as vice president. In addition to debate and travel, she enjoys photography, cooking and running. Allie staffed NAIMUN LIV in DISEC, and is excited to be rounding off her senior year chairing the Legal

Learning Goals

NAIMUN strives to provide the most well-rounded educational and enjoyable experience to delegates. The learning goals for LEGAL are as follows. Delegates will:  

  • Comprehend how regulations on cyber espionage affect a multitude of different nations in terms of protecting confidential government information
  • Gain an understanding of how airstrikes fall under international law and in government relations
  • Acquire a general understanding of no fly zones in times of conflict which can be applied to current world issues such as the Syrian Civil War and the bombing of Iraq