National Model United Nations
Course Type and Contact Hours
Project group (4 hrs per week) + conference in New York City
Participants must take part in all activities. The final competition will take place in New York in the week before Easter.
10 (if certificate of attendance has been obtained)
The course will be held in every winter semester.
Time Schedule and Course Venue
An up-to-date electronic course catalogue for the winter semester will be available on the website http://www.fu-berlin.de/vv from late August to late February. Please select "Fachbereiche" - "Rechtswissenschaft" - "Staatsexamensstudiengang" and "Rechtswissenschaft" in order to access the Law courses.
A Model United Nations is an authentic simulation of the U.N. General Assembly and other multilateral bodies. The popularity of Model U.N. continues to grow; today more than 200,000 high school and college/university students worldwide participate every year. Many of today’s leaders in law, government, business and the arts participated in Model U.N. during their academic careers. Some Model U.N. exercises take place in the classroom and others are school wide. Still others are regional, national, or even international. These are called conferences, and the events are much larger with participants from all over the world. More than 1,000,000 people have participated in MUN conferences around the world since the conferences became popular over 50 years ago. Today there are more than 400 conferences that take place in 35 countries. Depending on the location, the average conference can have as few as 30 students or as many as 2,000. You should participate in Model U.N. because it increases the capacity for students to engage in problem solving, teaches aspects of conflict resolution, research skills, and communication skills, and creates the opportunity to meet new people and make new friends.
Participants should have
- very good English language skills
- a broad knowledge about the United Nations
- experience with voluntary work (i.e. in social and community projects) and/or practical experience (i.e. internships)
approximately 950 EUR, depending on the fundraising activities of the participants
Since there is a growing demand from the part of our students to participate in this project, a place cannot be guaranteed. Interested students have to undergo a selection. The application process consists of written applications and interviews.
Applications for the National Model UN 2015 are due on October 26th, 2014. Please include:
- a CV with personal information (name, address, e-mail, telephone no., age, international experience, photo, study program and previous years of studies)
- a short letter of motivation (ca. 100 words)
- a short essay: Upon request by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (UN Doc. S/2014/451) the Security Council is debating the issue of the Hollywood Movie "The Interview". Write two separate statements for the Permanent Representatives of China and the United States, in which they explain their respective country’s position. (600 words altogether).
Please send your application to:
Model United Nations / Model European Union Director
Arbeitsbereich Professor Dr. Dr. Dr. Philip Kunig
Tel.: +49 30 83 85 47 05
Students can choose if they wish to receive a pass/fail grade + 10 ECTS-credits or a particular grade (0 - 18 points, ECTS-grade A - F) + 10 ECTS-credits.
For a pass/fail grade + 10 ECTS-credits, students have to take part in all activities.
For a particular grade + 10 ECTS-credits, students have to take part in all activities and to write a paper.
Registration for the Exam
Students have to register for the exam with the course instructor. They are not required to register formally at the Examination Office.