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International Court of Justice

Letter from the President of the ICJ

Distinguished Advisors, Esteemed Guests, and Dear Participants, 

It is with great honor and pleasure that I welcome you all to the 15th session of the International Court of Justice at TIMUN '23. The ICJ at TIMUN resumes after a year off as one of the most dynamic committees in MUN with its most devoted and keen participants. 

In its 30 years old history, TIMUN continues to raise the standards for success each year, serving as a platform for uniting broad-visioned people all over the world to discuss and resolve matters of global concern. The ICJ, likewise, aims to serve as a court in which all disputes between the Member States are settled in accordance with international law. The ICJ strives to moderate the political system such that all Member States practice their domestic laws peacefully without threatening the sovereignty of any other state. To this end, the ICJ at TIMUN ’23 invites young, critically thinking minds of the globe to get acquainted with international policies and deliberate on the case “Jadhav case: India v. Pakistan.” 

On 8 May 2017, India and Pakistan had a dispute concerning alleged violations of the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 24 April 1963 “in the matter of detention and trial of an Indian national, Mr. Kulbhushan Sudhir Jadhav”, who had been sentenced to death by a military court in Pakistan in April 2017. The dispute was carried to ICJ for the court to render its opinion on whether the intervention of Pakistan was against international law or not. The court will examine whether Mr. Jadhav had been able to correspond with India’s consular officers. As the basis for the Court’s jurisdiction, the Statute of the Court, the Optional Protocol to the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations concerning the Compulsory Settlement of Disputes will be taken into consideration. While the advocates will work vigorously to present their cases to justify their respective claims, the judges will hear the case from both parties in an unbiased manner, and scrupulously deliberate to agree on a verdict based on the evidence presented and testimonies submitted by the parties.        

Once again, The ICJ at TIMUN is awaiting its passionate judges, avid advocates, and experienced Presidency to bring forth an exemplary and enjoyable deliberation over the course of four days. 

It is my great honor to serve as the President of the ICJ at TIMUN 2023 and I look forward to working with the members of the court. 




Selin Kılınç

President of the ICJ

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