UNSW Law students participate in China National Model United Nations

Four UNSW Law Students (Sarah McIntosh, Rebecca Stanley, Stephanie Blaker and Sam Emery) participated in the 11th China National Model UN Conference, held at South East University, Nanjing, from 7-9 November 2014. The conference and UNSW participation was made possible under the bilateral China-Australia Human Rights Technical Cooperation Program, administered by the Australian Human Rights Commission. The Australian Human Rights Centre at UNSW Law School has collaborated with the Commission on this project for a number of years. The team was accompanied by Andrew Byrnes and by and Natasha de Silva from the Australian Human Rights Commission.

The theme of the conference was the human rights of older persons, currently a topic under consideration by the United Nations General Assembly and other bodies. The UNSW team was the only overseas team and participated along with teams from over 120 Chinese universities. They represented Brazil and Uzbekistan in committees dealing with the mental health and employment opportunities for older persons. The UNSW team won awards for outstanding delegation  and for best position paper. Sam Emery won an award for outstanding delegate and Sarah McIntosh for best communicator in their committee.

Photo left to right: Natasha de Silva (AHRC), Sam Emery, Stephanie Blaker, Rebecca Stanley, Sarah McIntosh and Prof Andrew Byrnes.