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70 years of the International Law Commission — Drawing a balance for the future
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 72/116 of 7 December 2017, the International Law Commission will hold its seventieth session at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 30 April to 1 June 2018 and at the United Nations Office at Geneva from 2 July to 10 August 2018:

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

* Not scheduled to be considered at the seventieth session in 2018.

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Recent Developments

Protection of the atmosphere

11 June 2018 Texts and titles of draft guidelines and preamble adopted by the Drafting Committee on first reading, have been issued (A/CN.4/L.909).

Provisional application of treaties

31 May 2018 After the Chair of the Drafting Committee presented the report of the Drafting Committee on the topic (A/CN.4/L.910), the Commission considered the report and adopted the texts and titles of the draft guidelines 6, 7 and 9 to 12. The Commission further adopted, on first reading, the entire set of draft guidelines, including the draft guidelines adopted at its sixty-ninth session in 2017, as a whole as the “Guide to Provisional Application of Treaties”. The Commission also took note of the recommendation of the Drafting Committee regarding the draft model clauses proposed by the Special Rapporteur in his fifth report (A/CN.4/718).

Jus cogens

30 May 2018 The Commission began its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s third report on the topic (A/CN.4/714 + Corr.1).

Customary international law

25 May 2018 After the Chair of the Drafting Committee presented the report of the Drafting Committee on the topic (A/CN.4/L.908), the Commission considered the report and adopted the draft conclusions 1 to 16 on second reading.

Subsequent agreements and subsequent practice

18 May 2018 After hearing the report of the Chair of the Drafting Committee, the Commission adopted the draft conclusions on subsequent agreements and subsequent practice in relation to the interpretation of treaties (A/CN.4/L.907), on second reading.