Video Guide to the Arab Court of Justice
About the Arab Court of Justice
The Arab Court of Justice (ACJ) is a moot court created to provide Model Arab League (MAL) student delegates an exercise in international law. No such court exists within the structure of the real-world League of Arab States. The ACJ is a unique experience for new and experienced MAL participants. Updated rules of procedure for the Court can be found in the Statute of the Arab Court of Justice (above).
For the 2021-22 season, the ACJ will convene at the Appalachia and National University MALs. Every delegate assigned to the Court presents arguments as an Advocate for one of five cases (this includes drafting and submitting a Memorial or Counter-Memorial before the Model), and sits as a Justice on the Bench to hear, deliberate, and help draft Opinions on the other four cases.
Students can apply for the ACJ as a single individual or as a pair of students. A single individual will be the sole Advocate for his assigned country’s case, and serve as a Justice for each of the other four cases. A pair of students will both serve as Advocates for their assigned country’s case, but only one can serve as a speaking and voting Justice on each of the other four cases (the other individual is welcome to provide support to the Justice but cannot participate in the proceedings for that case—pairs are encouraged to switch the Justice role in different cases). Pairs should apply separately but clearly indicate they wish to work as a team on their application.
2023-2024 Arab Court of Justice Cases
1. The Kingdom of Jordan v. Syria: Regarding drug trafficking activity on the border of Jordan.
2. The Kingdom of Morocco v. People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria: Regarding Morocco’s claim to Western Sahara.
|3. League of Arab States (represented by Bahrain) v. Unaoil (represented by Yemen): Regarding whether Unaoil’s operations within the Arab League have violated international law.|
|4. Qatar v. United Arab Emirates: Regarding concerns over the Barakah nuclear power plant.|
|5. The Republic of Egypt v. The Democratic Republic of Ethiopia (represented by Mauritania): Regarding the potential effects of the GERD project on Egypt.|