International Criminal Court
Delegates of the International Criminal Court,
Through the words of Desmond Tutu, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” Injustice is a matter all humans experience, and the first step we all must take to resolve situations of injustice is holding accountability.
Welcome to the 20th Annual AMMUN Conference. My name is Laith Al Khoury, and I will be presiding as your president for this year’s prestigious International Criminal Court. Amid the current global pandemic, dealing with global conflicts is difficult now more than ever, with drastic effects on economic, political, and educational spheres. Therefore, participating in AMMUN and especially the International Criminal Court is crucial to maintain the future of our world by preparing the youth of today.
The International Criminal Court, where achieving stability through holding accountability over certain individuals and bodies originated, is a system that prosecutes individuals for any crimes of the following: genocide, war crimes, persecution, crimes against humanity and other crimes of aggression. The Court will allow delegates to understand the judicial processes that controlled the trajectory of human rights and international law. This year, we will be investigating the proceedings of the case ‘ICC v. Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi’ in which two teams of advocates, the prosecution and defense will work to present stipulations, evidence and examine witnesses upon a team of judges over the course of the conference to showcase and defend their arguments, in order to reach a final verdict by the end that holds one side accountable in relation to the crimes at hand. Throughout this conference, I hope that we, as a forum will be able to collaboratively engage in respectful and meaningful debate that sustains all the rules of procedures of the Court. I expect all advocates to come prepared for this conference. Study the case and prepare your arguments so that you are competent and ready for debate. I also expect judges to know and understand the events and proceedings of the case beforehand, so that you will be able to assess the advocates’ arguments with a steady background. Most importantly, I expect you all to come to the conference with a strong mindset that will help us all achieve stability through accountability.
Laith Al Khoury
President of The International Criminal Court