It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Legal Committee of Hofstra Model United Nations 2012! My name is Kathryn Chlosta, and I am a senior at Hofstra majoring in political science with a minor in economics.
I am native to Buffalo, New York, but have called Hofstra and the greater metropolitan New York area my home for the past several years. Outside of the classroom, I am involved with Hofstra University Model United Nations. I am also an avid runner and recently completed my fifth half-marathon, in addition to two full marathons.
As a founding member of the Hofstra University Model United Nations Club, I am extremely pleased at our progress from a small student organization to a respected delegation at collegiate conferences in the northeastern United States. Our next step is a high school conference, and we welcome with great pleasure Long Island’s finest high school Model United Nations delegations.
As the conference nears, I hope your excitement to participate in the very dynamic and thrilling Sixth Committee of the General Assembly mounts. I hope you will come to the conference with your debate skills finely tuned, learn from your fellow delegates, and most important, have a fun, enjoyable, and memorable experience. During our committee sessions, you will be delegates of the Legal Committee and will be responsible for reaching a resolution on the proper role of universal jurisdiction in the international legal system. Further, delegates will address the issue of torture with the goal of coming to a resolution that strengthens international conventions against torture. Both issues are relevant to global issues and should catalyze interesting debate.
I encourage you to keep up to date on current events, as it will greatly advance your overall preparedness for the conference. The background guide is a great starting point, but I hope you will conduct your own research. If you have any questions, please feel free to email me. I look forward to a productive conference in March!