Cayanne Chachati '20   Historical Legal Committee

Cayanne Chachati '20
Historical Legal Committee


Cayanne Chachati is a sophomore at Harvard College studying Government and Psychology. In particular, Cayanne has focused her government studies on the politics of the Middle East and the role of sectarianism in the region, and her psychology studies on trauma and collective healing. She will be serving as a committee chair in the General Assembly at WorldMUN 2018. Her interests mainly revolve around using education as a means of empowering refugee youth, and alleviating the humanitarian consequences of the conflict. Cayanne is originally born and raised in Aleppo, Syria and spent her high school years in Lebanon.  She began her humanitarian work with refugees in Lebanon and has since developed Educate2Empower, an initiative aimed at creating and teaching a curriculum that empowers refugee girls. Alongside this initiative, she spends a lot of time researching the new political developments in the Middle East. Cayanne’s hobbies include playing and watching basketball, reading and travelling. Finally, Cayanne is very excited about staffing her second World Model UN conference and welcomes all the 2019 delegates!

Topic: Laws of War in the War on Terror

In 2014, ISIS made significant advances in both Syria and Iraq, leaving behind a train of bloodshed and damage. The United States decided to begin bombing ISIS in Syria, and following that, other European countries joined the campaign. While the threat of extremist ideology and terrorism need to be addressed, many debate the legality of the method used by the United States.  This Historical Legal Committee will focus on the events leading to the United States’ first bombing of ISIS in Syria in 2014. Specifically, this committee will explore the legality of the US led campaign using the international laws of war and precedent of Jus Ad Bellum – when a country can invade - and Jus in Bello – international humanitarian law. The committee will address questions such as, what is the “war on terror”? Do the legal justifications of responding to 9/11 extend until today? How can the law of wars of Jus and Bellum and Jus in Bello be interpreted? How can countries legally respond to such a threat in the context of an ongoing war in Syria and an unpopular leader? This Historical Legal Committee will determine the legality of the campaign, debate other alternatives, and ultimately create a resolution recommending future action to the United Nations.