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.
The Background Guide for this committee can be accessed here.
A Letter from the Chairs
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!
Katherine and Allie
Chairs, Sixth Committee: Legal