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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):


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

Crimes against humanity

17 April 2019 The fourth report on crimes against humanity by Sean D. Murphy, Special Rapporteur, has been issued (A/CN.4/725 + Add.1).

2018 Topical summary

12 April 2019 The Topical Summary of the debate in the Sixth Committee on the 2018 ILC report, has been issued (A/CN.4/724).

Crimes against humanity

8 April 2019 The report containing comments and observations received from Governments, international organizations and others on crimes against humanity, has been issued (A/CN.4/726).

Jus cogens

1 April 2019 The fourth report on peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens) by Dire Tladi, Special Rapporteur, has been issued (A/CN.4/727).

2019 Session of the ILC

24 January 2019 The provisional agenda for the seventy-first session of the ILC is now available (A/CN.4/723).

2018 ILC Report (final version)

18 September 2018 The 2018 ILC report has been issued

2018 ILC Report (advance version)

17 August 2018 Advance version of the 2018 ILC report is now available.

Adoption of the report

10 August 2018 The Commission adopted its report of the seventieth session as a whole and thus concluded its work for that session.