The participants of the International Court of Justice Committee got to experience what others can only achieve after decades of work. Being named by a state as a judge at The International Court of Justice is not only an honor, but also a great responsibility. We were looking forward to hearing the opinion of someone who has the chance to familiarize himself with the importance of such a position at a young age. The delegates were more than eager to share their opinions with us. Consequently, at the end of the first committee session, we interviewed two of the judges, Cristina Sandru, judge of Uganda and Kyriakos Kalantaridis, judge of Japan.
– What was your main motivation to attend this conference?
Cristina: I’m from Timisoara, and I study law at the West University of Timisoara. This is my second experience in MUN. I chose to come to BISMUN because I like it very much. I think it helps me grow personally and professionally and I hope I will come next year too!
Kyriakos: This is actually my first MUN experience. What I hope to achieve here is to become more open minded, to enlarge my horizons by meeting people, exchanging ideas, learning their culture, habits and beliefs. I also wanted to visit Bucharest because I heard it’s called “the Paris of the Balkans”.
– What do you think about the case brought to you?
Cristina: It takes dedication to solve a complex case like the conflict between Colombia and Nicaragua, but it was worth it because the topic was also a very interesting one. I also had a lot to learn from the overall theme “Just and unjust wars”.
Kyriakos: For me the case was a bit difficult, since I consider myself the exception of the committee – I study Political Science. I did a lot of work, but it was really enjoyable since I am interested in justice and the judicial system.
– How does this experience correlate with your chosen career?
Cristina: I study Public International Law at my faculty and the fact that I work closely with cases like this one helps me understand international problems better.
Kyriakos: Apart from being interested in politics, I am also interesting in pursuing a career in the legal system. I regard this as an opportunity to see how the system works and if I am suited for a career like this.
Article by Amalia Alecu & Irina Tomescu