It is a great privilege and honour to add my voice to others’ in welcoming you as the Secretary General of Model Courts of Justice. It also gives me great pleasure to utter the words “Madam Secretary-General”.
There is no need to emphasize the importance of international law at this globalised age. It affects not just states or international organisations, but human activities and rights on many different fronts. At the same time, the more globalised our world is, the more challenges we face in tackling international law issues. With its qualified academic content and flawless organization, Model CJ will give its participants the opportunity to reflect upon as well as to exchange views on contemporary legal issues in relation to various contradictive subjects.
Being the first court simulation conference in Turkey, arriving at one goal became the starting point to another for Model Courts of Justice. A conference, consisted of such a small but determined people, has improved itself without ceasing. In its 7th year, Model CJ is going to once again try to match the success of the year before and exceed it this year. In this regard, I feel honoured to announce our courts and committee.
The desire of States to settle their international disputes by peaceful means rises each year, and increasingly diverse problems are confronted by the International Court of Justice in recent years. Therefore, as a tradition, International Court of Justice will be simulated once again with a relatively unaddressed area; Environmental Law. The Supreme Court of the United States, which was simulated for the very first time in Model CJ will offer its participants the chance to discuss the fundamentals of human rights from the common law perspective. United Kingdom Intellectual Property Enterprise Court will be simulated for the very first time and be a forum for the intellectual property law enthusiasts. There is a tendency that instead of resorting to court proceedings or arbitration, more and more people decide to settle disputes by Alternative Dispute Resolution procedures. For that reason, Model CJ will host ICC- Mediation one more time for our participants that are not studying law. Finally, for the very first time US Criminal Court will be simulated with the jury system. While the judges of the Court rule on issues of law, the jurors will evaluate the evidences and determine whether they satisfy the charged criminal offenses beyond a reasonable doubt. Since serving on a jury is a required duty of all American citizens, the participants that are not studying law are also welcomed in this court simulation to fulfil their duty.
On behalf of our lovely Director-General Ms. Merve KANBİR and our dedicated and passionate Academic and Organization Teams of Model CJ 2018, I invite you to be a part of this tremendous conference. Hoping to see you all in this February!
Banu Eylül YALÇIN