by Sahana Manjesh
The 2nd edition of the NLSIU Model United Nations concluded on the 19th after three days of fun and learning. Organised by the MUN Board of the NLSIU, this is fast becoming one of the best MUNs for college students in the country.
This edition of the MUN saw five committees – the General Assembly, Human Rights Council, Security Council, Joint Crisis Committee and the War Crimes Tribunal for Sri Lanka.
The Joint Crisis Committee is a unique concept which involves committees simulating a historical event independently, but with the latitude to take whatever measure they consider necessary after a point in time until when the facts are similar to real life situations.
The War Crimes Tribunal is the first of its kind with a fictional court to try the alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity and Genocide in Sri Lanka. The NLS Chronicle, a daily newsletter covering the event, was another fun feature of the MUN.
The internal executive board was involved in preparing elaborate study guides for the MUN. These guides set it apart from other MUNs in the country.
There were as many as 176 delegates taking part in serious discussions during the day and were in for an equal amount of fun during the socials which included a delegate dance, the MUN ball and the championship dinner.
The delegates were tested in promptness with various interesting crisis situations prepared for them.
The agendas for the MUN included Usage of Drones by the United States and Israel, Child soldiers, Liability of transnational corporations with regard to pollution caused by their acts, Generic drugs : Issues of Patents and Trademark Rights.
The MUN was sponsored by SAIL, Red Cross, United Nations Information Centre for India and Bhutan, Centre for Child and the Law at NLS and the NLS Alumni. The secretary general of the MUN was Vrinda Bhandari.