Timeline of our weekly sessions

First Session of the European Council

March 7, 2019

First Session of the European Council

After all 28 current EU member states had been assigned, some even in double delegations, European leaders began discussing and assessing challenges to European security and sovereignty. Especially the issue of Russian aggression was perceived as quite controversial, and so a large number of countries joined the debate, with many successfully delivering their first their…

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Final Session HS18

December 13, 2018

Final Session HS18

In a fun and exciting (and a bit more casual) final session, committee members were eager to finalize any leftover drafts, but also took the chance to try out bolder strategies, without having to fear the fallout. This being said, the US, EU, as well as China managed to establish an intellectual property court, that…

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Seventh Session HS18

November 18, 2018

In its seventh session, the WTO General Council began debating the issue of Intellectual Property Rights and their position in a digitalized world. Some members, such as Mexico, were keen to point to the issue of inequality between the rights’ owners and users. They were eager to strengthen users’ positions in an effort to protect…

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Sixth Session HS18

November 13, 2018

After decades of diplomatic gridlock and stagnancy, powered mainly by the determination of the United States to keep Iran isolated, the Iranian Delegation finally came forward with an astute proposition for the accession of Iran to the WTO. Having laid out a solid foundation of trust in the previous session among many delegations as well as…

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Fifth Session HS18

November 3, 2018

Fifth Session HS18

Although Iran submitted its application to the WTO in 1996 already, it had been on hold since. This changed now, as our simulation of the WTO General Council approached the topic. Delegates were quite eager to question Iran on its intentions and commitments in WTO. Bi- and multilateral negotiations with the Iranian Delegation are underway…

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Fourth Session HS18

October 27, 2018

Fourth Session HS18

With a slightly depleted Committee, mainly related to OxIMUN absences, and an absent Chinese Delegation, debate on the floor quickly exhausted. Bilateral negotiations, however, kept flowing, producing several new partnerships. The EU and the United States gave their Transatlantic Fair Trade Agreement its final (handwritten) touch, thereby establishing a complete Free Trade Area between the…

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Third Session HS18

October 18, 2018

Third Session HS18

As news broke of the United States’ installment of import tariffs on Chinese iron and steel products in the amount of a whopping 50%, China immediately retaliated with tariffs of the same amount on American soybeans, cotton, and pork. The South Korean Delegation, currently under new leadership, changed its neutral course and steered right into…

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Second Session HS18

October 11, 2018

Second Session HS18

For the second session of the WTO General Council, numbers further increased, providing an even cozier atmosphere. Experienced, as well as new delegates joined the debate on the floor and exchanged a few first rhetorical blows. Both the US and China were eager to deny any responsibility for their quarrels, that have kept the whole…

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First Session HS18

October 4, 2018

First Session HS18

After having successfully managed a reasonably chaotic round of country assignments, the newly appointed delegates to the World Trade Organisation were briefed in detail on the rules and laws of international trade by former ZuMUN Secretary General Marc Sinner. As the first session commenced, all delegations were eager to take the floor. Although commitment was…

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Kick-Off HS18

October 1, 2018

Kick-Off HS18

This week our annual semester kick off took place. We were delighted to welcome over 100 ETH students. Thank you for the great evening and we hope to see many new faces at our first session on the 4th of October (19.15) at LEE E101.

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