Legal Committee

 
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Director's Letter

Dear Delegates,

It is an honor and a privilege to welcome you to Harvard National Model United Nations 2020! My name is Trisha Prabhu, and I am so very excited to meet each and every one of you this coming February in Boston as your Director for the Legal Committee. As your Director, I hope to inspire insightful conversation and debate in the Legal Committee, but also ensure that everyone is learning and having fun at conference!

A little about me: I am a sophomore in Cabot House from Naperville, Illinois. I will likely be pursuing a concentration in Government, with a focus on tech science, and a secondary in Economics. I’m incredibly passionate about Model United Nations, and have contributed both to Harvard Model United Nations and Harvard National Model United Nations in the past. Outside of Harvard National Model United Nations, I am involved in Harvard Model Congress, Harvard’s South Asian Americans in Public Service, and the Harvard Innovation Labs. In my free time, I like to go for long runs and spend time with my close friends and family.

As you’ll soon learn, I’m fascinated by the way that technology has ignited an important legal debate: the rights and freedoms to which every “digital citizen” is afforded. From privacy to safety rights, there are a number of legal questions that international bodies must discuss, and many of these issues have far-reaching consequences.As technology continues to accelerate, it is going to become imperative that international bodies with populations of digital citizens craft proposals that set international standards on a number of issues, including privacy rights, data collection, enterprise regulation, among others. I’m excited to hear and see the ideas that all of you come up with!

I hope that the Legal Committee is a place where delegates can learn more about different aspects of the legal implications of our emerging digital world, and consider how these circumstances behooves the United Nations to take action. I encourage all of you to be creative, think outside of the box, and challenge common conceptions and perspectives. Ultimately, I want to emphasize that I am here as a resource to you while you prepare for committee and debate, write working papers, and throughout conference itself. I’m so excited to meet all of you in-person at conference. Until then, if you have any questions or concerns/wish to introduce yourself or say hi, please feel free to reach out to me at: legal@hnmun.org

Sincerely,

Trisha N. Prabhu
Director, Legal Committee
legal@hnmun.org



 

Topic Area: Exploring the Rights and Limitations of Digital Citizenship

In the modern digital age, emerging technology has raised a number of important legal and ethical questions with little precedent or accepted perspectives. From questions regarding the personal freedoms and liberties afforded to digital citizens contributing to our global digital network, to the human rights violations committed by those in positions of power or authority via technical means, international bodies are called upon to take action. In committee, delegates will be called upon to discuss issues such as a privacy, data collection, online harassment and personal safety, and anonymity. Delegates will also explore the way that technology has expanded the legal reach of our committee by considering how humans can be oppressed/discriminated against by way of emerging technology. In both areas, delegates will explore a number of cases, including Chinese technical oppression of the Uyghur minority, a lack of American regulation of the world’s foremost social networking enterprises, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s use of technology to advance propaganda, among others. Ultimately, I anticipate that delegates will attempt to solve these issues via a number of main policy pathways, including 1) regulatory legal measures, 2) an and an international “Constitution” or “Magna Carta” for our Internet, 3) international standards for technical behavior, and/or 4) independent bodies to enforce these doctrine.



 

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