United Nations General Assembly Sixth Committee: Legal Committee Director: Marco Guzman
In Article 13 of the Charter of the United Nations, the General Assembly is authorized to “initiate studies and make recommendations for the purpose of promoting international cooperation in the political field and encouraging the progressive development of international law and its codification […] and assisting in the realization of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all without distinction as to race, sex, language, or religion.” The United Nations General Assembly Sixth Committee (Legal Committee) is the primary forum for promoting this progressive development of international law. The legal instruments that the committee offers to the international community for signature, ratification, or accession ensure the codification of existing international laws and norms. For the purposes of this committee, delegates will discuss two topics: Laws and Regimes to Overcome Statelessness and the Role of Non-Traditional Elements in Armed Conflict. Delegates will be expected to demonstrate thorough research and understanding of these topics as well as offer concrete initiatives or legal frameworks through which states may collaborate to overcome shortcomings in domestic law or clarify uncertainties in international law.