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International Law Commission, July 2018. Photo: Antoine Tardy.
International Law Commission, July 2018.
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 73/265 of 22 December 2018, the International Law Commission will hold its seventy-first session at the United Nations Office at Geneva from 29 April to 7 June and from 8 July to 9 August 2019 (11 weeks):

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

* Not scheduled to be considered at the seventy-first session in 2019.

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Recent Developments

Immunity of State officials

18 June 2019 Seventh report on immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction, by Ms. Concepción Escobar Hernández, Special Rapporteur, has been issued (A/CN.4/729).

Succession of States & Responsibility

14 June 2019 Third report on succession of States in respect of State responsibility by Pavel Šturma, Special Rapporteur, has been issued (A/CN.4/731).

Protection of the environment

14 June 2019 Text and titles of the draft principles provisionally adopted by the Drafting Committee on first reading, has been issued (A/CN.4/L.937).

Organization of work

7 June 2019 The Commission adopted the programme of work for the second part of the session.

Video conference with the Legal Counsel

4 June 2019 The United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, made a statement by video conference informing the Commission of the activities of the Office of Legal Affairs and recent developments of international law in the context of the United Nations. An exchange of views followed.

Jus cogens

31 May 2019 The Chair of the Drafting Committee presented the report of the Drafting Committee on “Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)” (A/CN.4/L.936). The Commission considered the report and adopted, on first reading, the text of the draft conclusions and draft annex on the topic.

Jus cogens

29 May 2019 Text of the draft conclusions and draft annex provisionally adopted by the Drafting Committee on first reading, has been issued (A/CN.4/L.936).

Protection of the environment

27 May 2019 The Special Rapporteur, Ms. Marja Lehto, summed up the debate on her second report on the topic (A/CN.4/728).  The Commission decided to refer draft principles 6 bis, 8 bis, 13 bis, 13 ter, 13 quater, 13 quinques and 14 bis, to the Drafting Committee.