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

Protection of the atmosphere

2 June 2017 The Chairman of the Drafting Committee presented the report of the Drafting Committee on “Protection of the atmosphere” (A/CN.4/L.894). The Commission considered the report and provisionally adopted draft preambular paragraphs 3bis, 4bis and 6 and draft guideline 9.

Protection of the atmosphere

1 June 2017 Text of draft guideline 9 and preambular paragraphs as provisionally adopted by the Drafting Committee during the sixty-ninth session, has been issued (A/CN.4/L.894).

Crimes against humanity

1 June 2017 The Chairperson of the Drafting Committee presented the report of the Drafting Committee on "Crimes against humanity" (A/CN.4/L.892). The Commission considered the report and provisionally adopted the draft preamble, draft articles 1 to 15, and the draft annex, on first reading.

Immunity of State officials

30 May 2017 The Special Rapporteur summarized the debate on her fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/701). The Commission decided to refer draft article 7 to the Drafting Committee taking into account the views expressed in the Commission.

Crimes against humanity

30 May 2017 Texts and titles of the draft preamble, the draft articles and the draft annex provisionally adopted by the Drafting Committee on first reading, has been issued (A/CN.4/L.892).

Immunity of State officials

18 May 2017 The Special Rapporteur on the topic “Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction”, Ms. Concepción Escobar Hernández, re-introduced her fifth report (A/CN.4/701). The Commission began its consideration of the report.