Berkeley Model Arab League

Schedule | Councils | Country Assignments

Nov 23 – Nov 24, 2019

University of California – Berkeley
Berkeley, CA

**Open to High Schools Only**
Conference Fees: $25/delegate




Local Coordinator National Council Representative
Hubert Luo Michael Ader
University of California – Berkeley National Council on U.S.-Arab Relations

BMAL Secretariat and Councils

Council Chair Vice Chair Location
Council of Arab Social Affairs Ministers Saran Uthayakumar Dwinelle 187
Council of Arab Economic Ministers Ryan Blackburn Dwinelle 105
 Special Council on Regional Conflict and Instability Vishnu Arul Dwindle 179
Summit of Arab Heads of State Dhruv Mandal Dwinelle 183
Joint Defense Council Incia Haider Dwinelle





Joint Defense Council

  1. Assessing the current state of areas of conflict and formulating plans to mitigate the risks of conflict escalation.
  2. Developing strategies for League-wide cyber security guidelines and protocols.
  3. Evaluating League-wide defense preparedness with regards to regional security issues such as, border control and weapons trafficking.
  4. Protecting member states’ maritime trade routes by combating the threat of destruction of ports, vessels, ships, or tankers related to commerce.

Council of Arab Social Affairs Ministers

  1. Examining methods to protect and ensure the religious rights of refugees, with additional focus on individuals who belong to a religious minority.
  2. Formulating ways to increase access to mental health care resources, with a focus on treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder related cases of people from zones of conflict.
  3. Developing policies and reforms to protect migrant workers from potential abuse and human rights violations.
  4. Formulating methods to expand and improve early childhood education throughout the region.

 Council of Environmental Affairs

  1. Assessing methods and policies that can improve the market for renewable energy and other forms of sustainable infrastructure development within the Arab League.
  2. Discussing ways to combat desertification and deforestation as a result of climate change, agriculture, and resource extraction, particularly as a means of establishing sustainable practices heading into a more water scarce future.
  3. Developing a League-wide framework to reduce plastic production, distribution, consumption, and disposal throughout the Arab League from both domestic and international sources.
  4. Analyzing the level of air pollution in urban areas and establishing methods to mitigate the pollution and improve air quality.

Council of Economic Affairs

  1. Developing economic opportunities and growth in current and post-conflict areas.
  2. Discussing avenues for League-wide cooperation that would strengthen the region’s cultural tourism industry, with special attention to facilitating the viability of the sector in face of political unrest and conflict.
  3. Addressing issues of energy poverty within Member States and considering methods to expand energy access throughout the MENA region.
  4. Discussing the regulatory environment and developing League-wide investment strategies to address the region’s growing infrastructural needs, with special attention to key sectors such as transportation, public services, and environmental technology.

Special Council on Regional Conflict and Instability

  1. Creating frameworks to mediate disputes between League members with the goal of limiting inter-League conflict.
  2. Considering protections for refugees, migrants and displaced persons, with an emphasis on improving aid to those in conflict affected regions.
  3. Discussing foreign influence in ongoing conflicts in order to prevent destabilization from outside actors.
  4. Creating League-wide measures to prevent human rights violations during times of conflict.

Summit of Arab Heads of State 

  1. Identifying reasons and devising measures to counter extortion and corruption within the Arab League as well as a League-wide response to unlawful behavior by member states.
  2. Examining the prevalence of human trafficking in the region and what measures can be taken to reduce or abolish it in accordance with the Arab Charter on Human Rights.
  3. Exploring and establishing potential reaction mechanisms within the Arab League for the prevention of interstate conflicts and other non-violent disputes.
  4. Exploring concerted efforts to strengthen controls on the transfer of small arms and light weapons (SALW) — both illicit and state-sanctioned — into the region.


Saturday, November 23 Time Location
Secretariat Meeting  8:00 – 8:30am Outside Dwinelle 155
Registration  8:00 – 9:00am Dwinelle 145
Opening Ceremony  9:00 – 9:45am Dwinelle 145
Council Session I  10:00am – 12:30pm  See Above
Lunch (provided) 12:30 – 1:30pm Dwinelle Courtyard
Council Session II 1:30 – 5:00pm  See Above
Sunday, November 24  Time Location
Council Session III  9:00am – 12:30pm See Above
Faculty Adviser Meeting 10:00-11:00am Dwinelle 130
Lunch 12:30 – 1:30pm
Council Session IV / Summit 1:30 – 3:30pm Dwinelle 145
Closing Ceremonies and Awards 3:30 – 4:30pm Dwinelle 145

Country Assignments


Davis Senior High School


American High School





Valley Christian Schools


Notre Dame High School


Concord High School


Dublin High School


Albany High School


Mountain View High School


Campbell Hall


Stuart Hall High School


Stuart Hall High School


Encinal High School


Encinal High School

Saudi Arabia

Albany High School



Encinal High School

Syrian National Coalition

Bay School of San Francisco


Concord High School


Granada Islamic School


Albany High School

Turkey (Observer State)