Advanced Level - International Court of Justice
Topic: Immunities and Criminal Proceedings (Equatorial Guinea v. France)
At times, an individual can violate the judicial laws of a country they do not reside in. Such was the case when Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangue of Equatorial Guinea was charged by French authorities with crimes of corruption, money laundering, and other offenses. The case gets more complicated as he’s attempted to invoke diplomatic immunity. France claims the immunity is only granted to heads of states, heads of governments, and foreign ministers, none of which Mr. Obiang is.
The basis for diplomatic immunity is often derived from the Vienna Conventions which define the privileges enjoyed by diplomatic missions in large. However, immunity has more so often been governed by a sense of customary law. This very interesting case would give a broad insight into the intricate world of diplomatic procedures; which, as history has shown, is a crucial part of politics nowadays.
Witold Marynowski, a high school student from Warsaw, Poland was born in 2000. Having completed an Introduction to Law course in Oxford, he moved on to work on his interest in international legislation within numerous MUNs, mostly focusing on Court committees such as the ICJ, ICC, or ECJ. He also took part in Moot Courts becoming a finalist in the Warsaw High School Moot Court and international legal competitions. As an IB student he plans to study international law in the future possibly reconciling it with his passion to theatre and photography. SGMUN2018 will be his 10th conference – 4th as a chair.
Céline is doing an LLM in international law. No need to say that after different MUN experiences, she is a big fan of the ICJ Committee, where you will never hear the truth, but merely the evidence! Outside the context of MUNs, she has had the opportunity to compete, and later coach, at the Jessup Moot Court including at the international rounds in Washington DC. Thus, she is looking forward to welcome you in the never-erring ICJ Committee!
Lodovica is currently a Law student at the University of Milan. She has always been keen on justice and law and she would like to combine these interests with her future studies. Having attended several conferences across Europe, New York and Shanghai, she has been involved in Model United Nations in a variety of capacities such as delegate, judge and chair. Her favourite committees are the International Court of Justice and, generally, legal Courts as the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, where she won the Best Position Paper Award as a Judge at BerlIMUN 2016.
Aside from MUN, she has joined a debate club since high school and last year she participated to the 6th Italian Mediation Competition, winning first place with her University team.
She is deeply honoured to be part of St Gallen MUN ICJ Presidency and she hopes to transmit her enthusiasm for the conference and encourage delegates to take the greatest advantage of it. Looking forward to meeting you all in St Gallen!