There are people who chose to participate in a Model United Nations for the experience, there are those who think of improving their resume, others are here simply for having fun, but every committee has at least one participant who comes here to prove that time spent debating is never wasted. To those delegates, this is not a simulation of the UN meetings; this is a way to prove themselves.
“The Iron Lady of the ICJ”, also known as the junior advocate for Nicaragua- Adriana Panait, is one participant who takes the Court’s debates seriously. As a result, in a note from the gossip box a participant nicknamed her after Margaret Thatcher. Quite ironically, the personalities she admires most are Baroness Thatcher and Charles de Gaulle. “I think highly of them, not necessarily for their political accomplishments, but for their oratory skills, for the way they silenced an entire room using only one sentence. Also, Margaret Thatcher was one of the most powerful women in our history. She managed to protrude her opinion in a world commanded by men and persuade them to trust her judgment”, Adriana confesses.
Being permanently in the spotlight due to the case in discussion (Military activities in the Caribbean-Nicaragua v. Colombia), it was of no surprise that even during the crisis situation instituted yesterday in the committee, the delegate stood up for justice. Speaking in the name of the Russian Federation, she managed to quickly adapt to the new situation given. “It was really interesting coping with the crisis, but I was actually hoping to be kidnapped! Every year someone from BISMUN gets kidnapped and I was hoping this year would be the ICJ’s turn” admits Adriana laughing.
This might not have been the advocate’s of Nicaragua turn to deal with terrorits, but she certainly got the most out of arguing with the other judges. Her experience here is practicaly summed up perfectly by… Margaret Thatcher: „I love argument, I love debate. I don’t expect anyone just to sit there and agree with me, that’s not their job.”
Article by Amalia Alecu