International Law Commission International Law Commission

Palais des Nations
Palais des Nations, Geneva, 3 October 2016.
The International Law Commission was established by the General Assembly, in 1947, to undertake the mandate of the Assembly, under article 13 (1) (a) of the Charter of the United Nations to "initiate studies and make recommendations for the purpose of ... encouraging the progressive development of international law and its codification".

In accordance with General Assembly resolution 71/140 of 13 December 2016, the Commission will hold its sixty-ninth session at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva from 1 May to 2 June and from 3 July to 4 August 2017:

The following topics are on the programme of work of the Commission:

* Not scheduled to be considered at the sixty-ninth session in 2017.

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Recent Developments

Immunity of State officials

20 July 2017 The Chairman of the Drafting Committee presented the report of the Drafting Committee on “Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction” (A/CN.4/L.893).  The Commission considered the report and provisionally adopted, by a recorded vote, the footnotes to Part Two Immunity ratione personae and to Part Three Immunity ratione materiae, draft article 7 and the Annex.

Crimes against humanity

19 July 2017 The Chairman of the Drafting Committee presented a further report of the Drafting Committee on “Crimes against humanity” (A/CN.4/L.892/Add.1). The Commission considered the report and provisionally adopted draft article 6 [5].

Cooperation with other bodies

19 July 2017 The Secretary-General of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization, Professor Kennedy Gastorn, addressed the Commission. An exchange of views followed.

Cooperation with other bodies

18 July 2017 The representatives of the African Union Commission on International Law, Ambassador Juliet Kalema and Professor Hajer Gueldich addressed the Commission. An exchange of views followed.

Protection of the environment

14 July 2017 The Commission decided to establish a Working Group on the topic “Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts” and appointed Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez as Chairman of the Working Group.

Succession of States & Responsibility

13 July 2017 The Special Rapportuer, Mr. Pavel Šturma, introduced his first report on the topic (A/CN.4/708). The Commission began its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s report.