Position Papers

If you have any questions regarding position paper policy that are not answered by the information on this page, please reach out to Andrew Zhao, our Under-Secretary-General, Academics, by email at academics@utmun.org.

Update, January 22, 2019: All background guides are now live at utmun.org/committees/2019.

Update, January 31, 2019: Position papers are due February 3, 2019 at 11:59PM. Delegates participating in a Joint Crisis Committee have until Wednesday, February 6 at 11:59PM to submit their position paper owing to delays in the publication of JCC character guides. Position papers should be submitted to the committee’s Director, whose email is listed in their respective background guide.

What is a position paper?

A position paper is a short essay that details a country’s or character’s position on the topics that will be discussed in their committee. A position paper is designed to help prepare the delegate for the conference by clearly organizing their assigned country’s position on the topics at hand.

Like any essay, the first paragraph should begin with an introduction. In this case, the introduction will briefly introduce the country and their history in relation to the committee. Delegates are advised to not spend too much time on this portion of the position paper.

The body of the position paper should consist of a comprehensive analysis, from the position of the assigned country, on the topics to be discussed in the committee. The content of the body should include, but not be limited to, the country’s policy on the committee topics; any past, present or future actions taken by the country, both domestically and internationally, concerning the topics; and any proposals the country wishes to see in a resolution.


Each committee will give out one Best Position Paper award. Delegates who fail to submit a position paper by the deadline will be ineligible for any conference awards. Delegates who plagiarize will also be ineligible for awards.


All background guides contain a “Questions to Consider” section for each committee topic. Position papers should try to address these questions through their research. If delegates are struggling to find resources, background guides also contain an “Advice for Research and Preparation” section with research advice and resources.


Position papers should be 2 pages maximum (12 pt font), not including the bibliography. Delegates should properly cite their research using the citation style of their choice. As a rule of thumb, anything that is not common knowledge (e.g. France is a country in Europe) should be cited.


Delegates should submit position papers to their directors by February 3, 2019 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time. Position papers can be submitted to the email address provided for the director in each committee’s background guide. Papers should be submitted in .pdf, .doc, or .docx (Microsoft Office Word) format.