Historical Commission of Inquiry

Welcome to the American Model United Nations Commission of Inquiry (COI).

The United Nations Security Council establishes Commissions of Inquiry in order to conduct in-depth investigations into conflicts and disputes. At AMUN, the term “Commission of Inquiry” refers to the simulation of two such Commissions for a given year. The Commission of Inquiry is a historical simulation, similar in some respects to the Historical Security Council simulations. However, the members of the Commission (referred to as commissioners) do not act as representatives of their country. Instead, they are independent experts chosen to act as impartial investigators.

During Conference, commissioners will gather information primarily by taking testimony from representatives of the parties to the dispute, witnesses and relevant experts. The objective of this information gathering is to fulfill the Commission’s mandate from the Security Council: to provide clarity on the nature, causes and events within the disputes it has been asked to investigate; keep the Security Council apprised of new developments; and provide the Security Council with recommendations for a path toward a peaceful and final resolution of the dispute. The answers that these Commissions provide often form the basis for the future actions of the United Nations Security Council.

Please be sure to read the email you received that describes your role as a commissioner. Also, please be sure to read both the "Historical Commission of Inquiry of 2005" Chapter in the Issues at AMUN handbook and the "Historical Commission of Inquiry" Chapter in the AMUN Rules and Procedures handbook. These provide the background for the disputes you will investigate this year and also provide detailed information on how you can best prepare for your role with the Commission.

We hope your experience with COI will be a memorable and educational one. We look forward to seeing you in November!

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