Past Excursions

Here you can find all our past MUN excursions including reports and pictures:

Brunswick European Law School excursion to Model United Nations Stockholm (SMUN) from 6.11.2018-12.11.2018

Brunswick European Law School excursion to Model United Nations Stockholm (SMUN) from 6.11.2018-12.11.2018

Twenty distinguished BELS delegates and one Faculty Advisor traveled after lenghty preparations on 6th of November to Stockholm Model United Nations Conference  which took place under the theme "Agenda 2030 - Sustanability, Sovereignty & Security" at Stockholm University in Stockholm. SMUN - https://www.smun.se/ - is currently the biggest MUN conference in Scandinavia. After two short flights (Hanover - Copenhagen - Stockholm)  our delegation arrived in Stockholm and took the subway to Stockholm Hostel. After arrival our group proceeded to a restaurant ("Tutto Bello") which was booked by delegate Max Fiehring in advance in order to enjoy a Delegations Dinner together. 
 
On Wednesday 7th November a compulsory city tour of Stockholm took place. Delegate Gina Pomorin led our delegation into the old city centre, called Gamla Stan. There the BELS delegation proceeded to see Stockholm Castle, Järnpojke -also called Iron Boy- which is the "smallest official monument of Stockholm", and also on to another district of the city called Södermalm. Maybe one of the most notable points of the tour was Stortorget which used to be a market square in ancient Gamla Stan. Pretty and picturesque houses remind of times long gone and in fact Stortorget is pictured on many postcards of Stockholm. However, the place may not have been always as peaceful. Legend has it that in 1520 Stortorget was scene of a grisly beheading of over 80 noblemen by Christian the second, later on also called Christian the Tyrant. Apparently it is no coincidence that house number 20, Ribbinska huset -House of Ribbing- features 82 white stones which are said to be symbolizing the heads of the 82 capitated.
 
On Thursday 8th of November excitement rose and delegates prepared for the conference. Opening Speeches and Point/Motions were practiced as well as Position Papers reviewed. Delegates were able to register to the conference and attended an Optional Workshop which was provided by the conference to refine their skills. After the formal Opening Ceremony, which featured many speakers from organizations such as the World Bank delegates were able to mingle in "Soap Bar".
 
Starting the morning with FIKA is a tradition in Sweden. It roughly means having a tea, coffee or even sometimes soda and taking a break with colleagues or friends. Sometimes FIKA also includes food such as a small snack. This tradition was also honored on Friday the 9th of November. Delegates could mix and chat to each other in order to assimilate while enjoying traditional Kanelbulle -cinnamon buns-, tea, coffee or soda and blueberry kombucha from 8am onwards. Subsequently, pre-lectures as introduction to the topics to be debated were provided to all delegates from 9am to 12am. Among others an US official from the U.S. Embassy in Sweden, Paul Narain, spoke to delegates. Mr Narain is Political and Economic Counselor and was explaining current US policy. After his lecture he insisted on meeting all MUN US delegates. Brunswick European Law School student Aurore Stella Meniango Chuanga also had the pleasure to meet Mr Narain in person. At 12am finally sessions started and commenced until 7pm.
 
BELS delegates were present and voting in 5 different committees: Human Rights in the digital Age, UNHCR, UN Human Rights Council (Intermediate), Arctic Council and in the Security Council. The topics discussed in the committees were wide-ranging. Among others, Domestic as well as International Rights in the digital Age, the Right to Die on Assisted Suicide, Rohingya people - A Human Rights Perspective, the South China Sea Dispute, the Syrian Civil War, Protection and Sustainable Use of the Arctic Marine Environment and Minority Rights and Educational Opportunities in the Arctic, Ending Statelessness and Protecting the Right to Family Reunification were discussed.
 
Delegates were then afterwards invited to a further get-together in order to network by the conference organizators to "Cafe Opera".
 
Further heated discussions took place within the committees on Saturday 10th of November. After the optional Swedish FIKA debates continued within individual committees until 5pm. By now committees were well into debating their first topic or had already started writing their working paper. At 7pm SMUN organizers invited all participants of the conference to "Münchenbryggeriet" for a two-course Diplomat Dinner. Before the start of the dinner, as is apparently custom at Swedish academic dinners, the Swedish song "Helan g år" was sung by all delegates.
 
On 11th of November sessions resumed after the optional FIKA at 9am. Most committees managed to pass at least one resolution, usually by acclamation. At 3pm the official Closing Ceremony commenced and Awards were handed out. This time, SMUN was working with double delegations. Double delegations mean that there were always two delegates which had to work jointly and cooperatively together to represent one country together. Still, Awards were only handed out to single delegates. No individual delegate Awards were won by the Delegation of Brunwick European Law School, however 5 (!) partners of our BELS delegates won Awards, thus being proof of the high quality of our delegates and their exceptional ability to work effectively in a team. The partner of Josephin Paula Rönker in the Arctic Council won Best Delegate, the partner of Evrensel Özcelik in the Special Session Human Rights in the Digital Age won Best Delegate, the partner of Max Fiehring in the UN Human Rights Council won Best Delegate, the partner of Jannik Schlag in the Human Rights Council won Honorable Mention and the partner of Ricardo Bush in the Special Session Human Rights in the Digital Age won Honorable Mention for the draft resolution. The conference was officially closed at 4pm in the evening.
 
Finally we were able to travel via plane back to Germany on November 12th 2018. Land of the Data Horse, Smörkniv - wooden butter knives-, moose, Köttbullar, Knäckebröd, Chokladbollar, ABBA und Jantelagen - we are looking back to an unforgettable, exciting and pleasant time.
 
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MUN-Rome - Model United Nations Excursion to Rome from 27.02. to 05.03.2018

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Delegation BELS bei der MUN-Konferenz in Rom:

Aylin Bal, Ahmed Tahar Benmaghnia, Sibel Cimen,  Marlin Dogan, Marcel Engelmann, Susanna Hesko, Paula-Marie Hytra, Wiebke Janßen, Amira Jindy, Sema Karakas, Eylem Korkmaz, Bedirhan Kurucu,  Tanaz Moavenian, Josephin Paula Rönker, Yonca Saklica, Caroline Seewald, Jennyfer Svensson, Fabian Treiber, Lea Wallenta, Süheda Yakisan

 

Erfolgreiche Model United Nations Konferenz (MUN) in Rom – Auszeichnung für Josephin Paula Rönker als „Distinguished Delegate“

Vom 27.2.-5.3.2018 nahmen 20 Studierende der BELS unter der Leitung von Anna-Theresia Krein, M.A. an einer englischsprachigen Model United Nations Konferenz (MUN) in Rom teil. An der BELS ist die Teilnahme an MUN-Konferenzen im Ausland durch das Belegen eines Wahlpflichtfaches möglich. Neben der obligatorischen Stadtführung durch die Zeit der römischen Antike standen intensive Diskussionen, Verhandlungen und die Anfertigung von UN-Resolutionen auf der Agenda. Frau Josephin Paula Rönker wurde von den insgesamt 91 Teilnehmern in dem Komitee United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) als Abgeordnete von Kolumbien verdient als „Distinguished Delegate“ ausgezeichnet. Die nächste Konferenzteilnahme im Wintersemester 2018/2019 ist bereits in Planung. Das attraktive Konzept „Model United Nations“ gehört mittlerweile zum festen Bestandteil der Lehre an der BELS und ergänzt die vielfältigen Aktivitäten an der Fakultät zum Themenfeld UN und SDGs.  Weitere Informationen hierzu sind jederzeit bei Frau Krein (a.krein@ostfalia.de) erhältlich.

 

Informationen zu dem Thema MUN im Kontext der UN und SDGs  finden Sie hier: https://www.ostfalia.de/cms/de/r/BELS-und-UN-SDGs/

und hier: https://www.ostfalia.de/cms/de/r/BELS-und-UN-SDGs/mun-bels/

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Unsere als "distinguished delegate" ausgezeichnete Studierende Jospehin Paula Rönker

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Die BELS-Delegation auf der Spanischen Treppe in Rom

RhodesMRC (Model Regional Co-operation) - Excursion to Rhodes from 10.10. to 17.10.2017

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Picture of BELS Delegation at Opening Ceremony of Rhodes MRC, taken on 11th of October 2017 at the Palace of the Grand Master in Rhodes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And another successful conference was completed by Brunswick European Law School (BELS). After intense preparations and a lot of practice – even before semester officially started!- 17 students and one Faculty Advisor finally arrived in Rhodes after a three and a half hour flight from Hamburg airport on the eve of the 10 th of October 2017.

We were happy and pleased to check in to Rhodes STAY Hostel and after some unpacking went to get dinner together as a delegation at a Greek restaurant in Rhodes New Town. On 11 th of October we were able to discover our surroundings in the morning, enjoying sunny Rhodes with degrees around 24 Celsius. We were also able to register as delegation in Manousos Hotel and received our badges to be able to enter the Opening Ceremony planned later during the day.

Impressively the Opening Ceremony this time took place in the Palace of the Grand Master. Excitedly we waited for the Opening Ceremony to finally start and we were not disappointed. After the Greek National Anthem was played by the Band of the 95 th National Guard Higher Command also the European Anthem was played. This was followed by a long list of speakers welcoming all guests of Rhodes MRC. Among others, Mrs. Charoula Giasiranis (Council Member for Education and Lifelong Learning at the Region of South Aegean), Mr. Teris Chatziioannou (Vice Mayor for Culture and Sports at the Muncipality of Rhodes), Prof. Aikaterini Fratzi (Vice President of the Dept. of Mediterranean Studies at the University of the Agean), Mrs. Marilena Sokianou (Board Member of EUNET), Mr Michael Kavuklis (Head of Organizing Committee and President of the House of Europe in Rhodes), HE Mrs Magdalene Thourdiou (Secretary General of RhodesMRC 2017) spoke to welcome all delegates for the 8 th conference. It was stressed throughout all speeches that Rhodes Model of Regional Cooperation has been recognized as one of the most reputable events related to international relations and international law in the region.

After the conference was officially opened some food and drinks were provided to encourage socializing. On 12 th of October finally committee sessions started. All committee venues were located in Rhodes New Town (…and some of them were –due to vague labeling on a map provided by the organizers- hard to find). Among others, sessions took place in the City Hall of Rhodes (in impressive rooms usually reserved for discussion of “real” politicans), in buildings usually reserved for the South Aegean Region, inside the Chamber of Commerce but also in Best Western Plaza Hotel in Rhodes.

Being Germans, after arriving on time (and thus waiting about 30 minutes for the Greeks to arrive, who throughout the conference preferred a more flexible approach to timing) discussions in the committees commenced. Our 17 delegates were present in the following committees: AU (African Union), BSEC (Black Sea Economic Cooperation), NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization), CoE (Council of Europe), MEPEC (Middle East Peace Conference), OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) and APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), LAS (League of Arab States).

First Opening Speeches were held and different positions were elaborated. After several hours of debating, delegates were scheduled to have lunch from 13.20-14.20h. For some committees this worked, other committees however did not get their lunch until 17.00h. Despite utterly starving delegates held bravely out and debated until the end of sessions at around 19.00h (about one hour after sessions were scheduled to end).

On 13 th of October debates resumed at 9am, leading to the drafting of the first working papers and subsequently resolutions. This time luckily lunch was served earlier than 17.00h so that delegates could throw themselves into finding allies to support their own positions. Some special twist was added through the addition of “crisis”-topics such as sudden kidnappings within states/in the UN building or sudden and unexpected conflicts arising in Turkey which needed intervention from delegates. Sessions ended again at 19.00h.

On Saturday 14 th of October all resolutions were finalized during the day and committee sessions came to an end at about 15.00h. With about an hour delay the Closing Ceremony, taking place in the Bastion of the Palace of the Grand Master, commenced at about 20.00h on the same day. Again, many speakers thanked all involved organizing Rhodes MRC. Some speeches were very emotional, including some crying and declarations of deep love to this particular conference.

Also, Awards were handed out. We as Delegation of Brunswick European Law School (BELS) were very proud of our Delegate of Ireland, Josephin Rönker, in OSEC Committee who got a special verbal thank you from her chairs. As it was Josephin’s first conference we have high hopes for her in the future.

On 15 th of October a tour to the picturesque village of Lindos was organized by RhodesMRC. As usual buses left half an hour late for the journey, however we were more than compensated for a beautiful view over the Aegean Sea. Also, most delegates climbed up the hill in order to further discover Lindos acropolis.

On 16 th of October we were finally able to pack our suitcases and also had a further opportunity to further explore Rhodes and its history. It was discovered by students why the Fallow Deer, gracing the entrance to the city’s old Mandraki harbor –each in bronze on top of a column- were the symbols of Rhodes. According to locals, apparently during ancient times Rhodes was inhabited by poisonous snakes. Desperate to get rid of them, Rhodians travelled to the Oracle of Delphi to ask for advice. The oracle thus advised to populate the island with deer which was promptly accomplished by locals. Amazingly all snakes subsequently disappeared, making Rhodians forever grateful to the deer. (Some speculations and discussions ensued within BELS delegation after hearing this tale, as we were all wondering and speculating on why this would have happened – common opinion being that deer don’t eat snakes.)

On 17 th of October we had to leave early in the morning to head back to the airport. Unfortunately and amazingly, this time the cabs ordered were five minutes early, entirely blocking the road in front of our hostel. Some Greek gesticulating, shouting and probably also cursing ensued and we hurried to enter the cars and leave. After a calm and pleasant flight we arrived back in Hamburg, looking back on an amazing and unforgettable time.

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Picture of Mandraki Harbour, Rhodes, taken on 12th of November 2017. The deer and the hind on the two pillars are the symbols of Rhodes and it is also said that some time ago this is the place where once the Colossus of Rhodes was standing.

C'MUN – Model United Nations Excursion to Barcelona from 9.5.2017-15.5.2017

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On Tuesday May 9 th, after long and intense preparations, 23 students and one faculty advisor- were finally ready to board our Vueling plane to Barcelona. After landing, we boarded the Aerobus and later the metro in order to get to Barcelona city centre where our hotels were located.

Due to Formula 1 Gran Premio de España Pirelli 2017 taking place in Barcelona on May 14 th many hotels unfortunately were fully booked and our delegation had to be divided into two different groups staying at two different hotels. One group stayed at Sant Gervasi hotel, whereas the other group retreated to Catalonia Park Puxtet hotel.

On Wednesday May 10 th, our delegation went for a long walk through Barcelona in order to get a first impression of the city. Parc de Gül, Sagrada Familia, the famous Plaza Catalunya and also market El Mercat de Sant Josep de la Boqueria were all part of our tour. In the evening we all gathered at restaurant “La Flauta” in order to enjoy tapas together as delegation.

On Thursday May 11 th, we were finally able to register for the conference at 3pm and receive our delegates’ package including our badges. We then received news that the opening ceremony of C´MUN would take place in the Catalonian parliament and hurried in order to be able to attend in time.

On Friday May12 th, sessions finally started and delegates were able to debate and discuss. We were delighted with the exquisite venue at Cosmo Caixa Museum. In the evening, a small get together was organized themed “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” in order to network with other students and possibly build first alliances in committee.

On Saturday May 13 th, sessions resumed and first resolution proposals were introduced. In the evening individual committee dinners took place, leading then to an UN quiz later on, where contestants could test their knowledge of the UN.

At the last day of the conference, May 14 th, final efforts produced resolutions. Some committees were even able to start with their second topic and our students were, as was mentioned, “on fire”, raising their placards and wanting to speak. In the evening, a farewell dinner and party took place on the beach in Barcelona.

We arrived safely back at Hanover airport the next day, looking back on unforgettable days in this beautiful city.

NottsMUN November 2016 in London and Nottingham

MUN-NottAfter flying from Hanover to London with British Airways our group of 16 students and one lecturer/Faculty Advisorfinally arrived in London on the 15 th of November at Heathrow Airport.

Long weeks of anticipation and intense preparations for the conference and the field trip were finally over and we all were exited to finally start our trip.

We then travelled by tube to our first accommodation, Generator Hostel near King’s Cross. After an exhausting and long journey we were finally able to relax in the evening.

The next day we attended a previously planned guided tour of London which included Green Park, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, Downing Street No 10, Westminster Abbey and also Big Ben.

Our tour guide Dale provided many important facts and figures about London and its history. For example he excellently explained the complex relationships of Henry the 8 th – Henry had 6 wives and most of them did not survive their marriage to him (“ Divorced, beheaded, died – divorced, beheaded, survived…”). After the tour most students continued to discover the city on their own, such as by for example further exploring the Tower Bridge, Camden Markets, Tate Modern or going to the theatre.

On Thursday we travelled by bus to Nottingham in order to arrive in time for the conference. We were able to check in to the Jury’s Inn and resumed unpacking our suitcases for another four days.

On Friday morning we were able to further discover our surroundings: Nottingham, former home of Robin Hood. Most students went to see Nottingham Castle where many interesting artefacts from the old ages were exhibited and displayed. After lunch we got ready to go in business attire to be on time for the opening ceremony of NottsMUN. We traveled by tram to the campus of The University of Nottingham where the conference was opened by NottsMUN Secretary General. Guest speakers were Gabrielle Riefkind, Director of the Oxford Process program at the Oxford Research Group and Giandomenico Picco, who served as Under Secretary General in the field of Conflict Resolution under Kofi Annan. Both spoke about their own experiences when negotiating for the UN in the Middle East.

After the opening ceremony, the first working sessions of the committees (SPECPOL, EC, WHO, G20, UNODC, FSC, UNHRC and several crisis committees) took place. Afterwards,a reception was organized for all delegates and it was possible to socialize and network. On the 19 th delegates were working hard all day, debating and trying to find consensus within their committees. At the end of the day an optional gala dinner at St James Hotel was provided for all delegates. While the food was excellent not everyone got what they ordered and the conference organizers subsequently tried to avert the ensuing chaos. In the end, burgers were served for delegates who did not get their individually indicated option.

Sunday morning, the last committee sessions took place in order for delegates to finally try and agree on a mutually signed resolution.

In the evening finally, NottsMUN closing ceremony took place.

On Monday morning suitcases were packed again and we traveled by bus to Birmingham airport from where we were able to safely fly back with FlyBe to Hanover. We are looking back at an intense, interesting and rewarding time.

Text: Anna-Theresia Krein

MaMUN Mai 2016 in Mannheim

MUN_Mannheim_webIm Rahmen des neu angebotenen Wahlpflichtfachs „Model United Nations“ machte sich die achtzehnköpfige Delegation der Fakultät Recht (BELS) zum ersten Mal auf den Weg um vom 26.4.-1.5.2016 an der MUN-Konferenz in der Mannheimer Business School teilzunehmen.

Nach erfolgreich verlaufener Registrierung der Delegation begann auch bald die erste Session in denen BELS-Delegates ihre vorher recherchierten Eröffnungsreden in englischer Sprache halten durften. 

Danach ging es zur Sache: In streng nach den Regeln der Vereinten Nationen durchgeführten Debatten wurden Allianzen geschmiedet, Working Papers geschrieben und Resolutionen verabschiedet. Wichtig war das jede/r Delegierte in ihrer/seiner Rolle bleiben musste um die Position seines Landes zu vertreten.

"Die Delegation BELS blickt auf vier schöne und ereignisreiche Tage zurück", freut sich Anna-Theresia Krein M.A. (Dozentin/Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin an der Fakultät Recht), die die Studierenden nach Mannheim begleitet hat.

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