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Meet your Director, Erin Dennehy!

Erin is a sophomore studying political science in the Honors Program at UConn. This will be her second year participating in UCMUN, having previously served as the assistant director of the United Nations Environment Programme. Erin has been involved in Model UN since high school, where she helped found its Model UN Club. Outside of UCMUN, Erin is a member of the Special Program in Law at UConn and has been involved in undergraduate research on judicial elections. In her free time, she likes to play intramural sports with friends, eat Cape Cod potato chips, and watch Law and Order: SVU. She is looking forward to being the director of the International Law Commission and is excited to meet all the delegates! She encourages delegates to contact her with questions via email at erin.dennehy@uconn.edu.

 

Meet your Topic Specialist, Sabrina O'Brien!

Sabrina is a senior English major hoping to have a career in book publishing. She hopes that print books don’t go extinct before she can make it into the field. This is her fourth year in UCMUN! She has previously worked as an assistant director for the ILC, served two years as the director of UNESCO, and is once again on the ILC as your topic specialist. Her interests include literature, politics, and TV shows. Outside of UCMUN, she tries to be healthy by going to the gym and on bike rides. Hopefully this makes up for the 5+ hours she often spends binge-watching Netflix. She is very excited for this year’s conference and looks forward to meeting everyone! If delegates have any questions, you can email Sabrina at sabrina.o’brien@uconn.edu.

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Topic A: Protection of the Atmosphere

The many effects of global warming have continuously put the atmosphere at risk. The atmosphere is Earth’s largest natural resource, and many countries want and deserve access to it. Traditional “air law” addresses these concerns: however, recent environmental concerns have developed as the condition of the atmosphere has declined as a result of overuse. If countries want to continue to utilize the atmosphere in various ways, action needs to be taken to preserve and protect the current state of the atmosphere. The goal of the ILC is to find success in identifying ways to unite different countries in the establishment of  international laws and regulations regarding the use of the atmosphere.

Topic B: International Cybercrime Laws

The cyberworld is becoming more technologically advanced with each passing day. As a result, new exploits are constantly being uncovered, creating new and easier ways to illicitly access private information on both small and large scales. The practice of “hacking”, as well as other cyber crimes including identity theft and cyber-espionage, have begun to span across national borders, creating an international problem and affecting millions of people. Internet networks in a variety of countries are affected, exposing confidential information and potentially compromising the sovereignty of hacked states. It has been difficult for countries in various stages of development and of various political backgrounds to agree and implement a set of international laws to stop these breaches of security from happening. Therefore, the goal of the ILC is to establish a set of international laws and guidelines to address cyber crime, combat hacking, and set punishments for transnational cybersecurity breaches.