International Court of Justice

Actors: Judges (15 – US will be replaced), Ad hoc Judges (2), Defendant (2), Prosecutor (2), Ambassador Agents (2), Advisor (2)

Topic: Palestine v. USA: Relocation of US Embassy to Jerusalem

On  December 6th  2017, the Trump administration announced the relocation of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and recognised the controversial city  as the capital of Israel. The UNGA and UNSC have stated that any decisions and actions which purport to have altered, the character, status or demographic composition of the Holy City of Jerusalem have no legal effect, meaning that they are null and void under international law. This was reiterated in a UNSC resolution on 18th December 2017 which failed due to a veto by the USA. In response, the UNGA held an Emergency Special Session in which it adopted resolution ES-10/19, reaffirming the previous statement regarding actions and decisions regarding Jerusalem and additionally called for all states to refrain from the establishment of diplomatic missions in the Holy City of Jerusalem, pursuant to UNSC Resolution 478 (1980).

In July 2018, the State of Palestine issued a declaration recognizing the competence of the International Court of Justice for the settlement of all disputes that may arise. The State of Palestine has requested the court to (a) declare the relocation as a breach of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations in 1961, (b) order the USA to withdraw their diplomatic mission from Jerusalem and (c) order the USA to comply with its obligations and refrain from future violations. The ICJ will debate Palestine’s points of contention, rule whether the USA is violating international law and on the aforementioned points.



Hello! My name is Rosa Pateraki, I am almost 19 years old and will be one of the two chairs of the International Court of Justice. I’m originally from Athens, Greece, but I currently live in Amsterdam studying Political Science in the University of Amsterdam. In my free time I enjoy reading books and writing fiction, as well as spending time with my friends. If I had all the money in the world, I’d spend it on travelling, and my only condition for a future job is travel and adventure. I am interested in learning as much as possible about the world around us, about how society works, what historical developments led to the way the world is structured today and other things such as those. If you want to strike up conversation with me, feel free to talk to me about history, Marvel, geography, literature and politics.

Rosa Pateraki

Hey! My name is Sagi Dolinski I am 25 years old living in Rishon Lezion, Israel. I am currently in my fourth year of a double Bachelor program, where I will be completing an L.L.B degree in Law and a B.A degree in Government, specializing in European Studies at IDC Herzliya, Israel. I began my MUN journey last year in the IDCMUN society. I took part in various conferences in Israel and abroad, including winning the best judge award in the ICJ committee- equal to best delegate award, at an international conference in The Hague, the Netherlands in 2018. This year I am the head of the IDCMUN society and recently I was elected to be IMUNA’s chairman. In my professional life, I had held numerous positions, including assistant to a district court judge, and next year I will start an internship in law at the Ministry of Justice in Jerusalem. Currently, I am a T.A in globalization class at IDC, work as MUN instructor in high schools and recently started working in Kobre & Kim as a consultant. I speak Hebrew, Russian fluently from home and learned German after living in Berlin and completing a summer university course in Germany last summer. Can’t wait to meet you all!

-Sagi Dolinski