The Expert Committee challenges experienced Model United Nations students by having small scale, intensive and unconventional debate. With only fifteen to twenty members, the Committee prepares students for university Model United Nations. It does so by having different, challenging rules of procedure and in-depth preparation during which a wide variety of academic articles are read, analysed and commented on. Students in the Expert Committee do not represent countries. Their role differs from philosophers, EU officials, heads of states and chair(wo)men of multinational enterprises. Over the years the Committee has discussed issues from the Re-evaluation of Human Rights to Corporate Social Responsibility and the Sustainable Development Goals. The Committee aims to discuss issues that are not regularly discussed in traditional Model United Nations committees.
This year, the Expert Committee will simulate the Congress of Vienna. The Congress took place from ca. September 1814 to June 1815. In order to achieve a long-term peace plan for Europe – which had faced 25 years of Napoleon’s warmongering, the French revolutionary wars and an imbalance of power amongst the European states – the representatives of the European powers convened in Vienna.
The purpose of the committee is not to discuss the rights and wrongs of historical events. The committee will commence as if it were September 1814; from that moment we re-stage historical events. The outcome is up to the members.
The rules of procedure of the American Model United Nations system are used (similar to previous years). Members will be the representatives of the powers attending the conference; a list of the most important representatives is sent to the members prior to the conference. They can give a ranked preference which representative they’d like to be.