Model UN cements students’ passion for law
Students from ACS Egham International School have taken part in the Model United Nations (MUN) conference hosted by St Andrew’s College
The simulation of a real meeting of the UN saw 800 students participate in Dublin.
MUN is the largest event of its kind and sees student teams from across the world taking on the different roles of the UN. Four students from ACS Egham acted as the delegation for Sudan. The team included Defne Ozcan, acting as the Sudanese Ambassador, and she was supported by country representatives, Will Bunting, Tina Luecker, Gergo Vadasz and Matyas Goupil.
ACS Egham teacher and MUN co-ordinator Vicky Bradbury said: “As part of her role as the Sudanese Ambassador, Defne joined the Security Council for a discussion on the use of drones and other such machinery used in military operations.
“The group have been preparing for a while, researching the background of Sudan and the position of the country on a variety of issues and spoke eloquently on behalf of their country in their committee rooms.
“This experience enabled our students to develop their powers of persuasion, communication skills, an ability to think on their feet and explain their point of view when on the spot.”
Three other students from ACS Egham joined the International Court of Justice: Pablo Fernandez-Trabadelo was picked as a judge, and Matheus Mora Machado and Jonas Oswald were selected as advocates for the country of Nauru.
Based on a real case, Matheus and Jonas represented the interests of Nauru over mineral and mining rights brought against Australia.
Bradbury added: “The court was set up and acted like a real court which gave the students a fantastic insight into what happens in a courtroom.
“All three students are looking to study law and this experience has cemented their passion.”
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