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State Your Opinion in the UN Security Council

Model United Nations for Students of Freie Universität and Refugees in the Welcome to Freie Universität Berlin Program / Application Deadline: April 7, 2016

№ 079/2016 from Mar 23, 2016

A Model United Nations conference devoted to the principle of the Responsibility to Protect will be held at Freie Universität on July 14 and 15, 2016. The simulation will give students an opportunity to play the role of Ambassadors in various committees and thus gain impressions of multinational diplomacy. Participation is open to students enrolled in any department as well as to refugees enrolled in the Welcome to Freie Universität Berlin Program. The application deadline is April 7, 2016. The conference language is English.

The students will work in teams and represent current members of the Security Council or invited countries, including Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Turkey. During the 2016 spring/summer semester in a weekly seminar at the Department of Law at Freie Universität, the participating students will gain an overview of the topic "responsibility to protect": They will work their way through the fundamentals and case studies from the previous practice of the Security Council. In a simulated special session of the Security Council, they will debate the outstanding issues. Some examples of the issues are: In which cases is the "responsibility to protect" applicable, and what are the appropriate means? Under what circumstances can the Security Council authorize a military intervention? The preparatory seminar will take place on Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. The seminar and the conference will be in English.

Currently the member countries of the Security Council are: Angola, China, Egypt, France, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Russia, Senegal, Spain, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Uruguay, and Venezuela. The invited countries are Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Afghanistan.

Topics of the UN Conference Simulation

  • The Genocide in Rwanda (1994)

  • The Massacre of Srebrenica (1995)

  • The Deadlocked Security Council I: The Case of Kosovo (1999)

  • The International Commission of Intervention and State Sovereignty (ICISS), Report "The Responsibility to Protect" (2001)

  • The High-Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change, Report “A More Secure World: Our Shared Responsibility” (2004)

  • The World Summit Outcome Document (2005)

  • The Situation in Darfur/Sudan (2006)

  • Thie Situation in Libya and Security Council Resolution 1973 (2011)

  • The Deadlocked Security Council II: The Situation in Syria

Further Information

Time, Location, and Program

  • Wednesdays, from April 20 to July 15, 2016, 4 to 6 p.m.
  • Freie Universität Berlin, Boltzmannstraße 3, Room 4405, 14195 Berlin.

Program online at: www.fu-berlin.de/mun


The application should include:

  • Personal details (name, address, phone, email)
  • Short CV, including field of studies and number of semesters
  • Short letter of motivation (maximum: one DIN-A4 page)
  • 3 country preferences
  • 2 topic choices

The application should be sent by email to Peggy Wittke,  peg@zedat.fu-berlin.de


Peggy Wittke, Coordinator, Model United Nations Program, Department of Law, Freie Universität Berlin, Tel.: +49 30 838 547 05, Email: peg@zedat.fu-berlin.de