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

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.

Protection of the atmosphere

17 May 2017 The Special Rapporteur summarized the debate on his fourth report (A/CN.4/705 + Corr.1). The Commission decided to refer draft guidelines 9 to 12 to the Drafting Committee taking into account the views expressed in the Commission.

Provisional application of treaties

12 May 2017 The Chairman of the Drafting Committee presented the report of the Drafting Committee on “Provisional application of treaties” (A/CN.4/L.895). The Commission considered the report and adopted the draft guidelines 1 to 4 and 6 to 12.

Provisional application of treaties

12 May 2017 Texts and titles of the draft guidelines provisionally adopted by the Drafting Committee at the sixty-seventh to sixty-ninth sessions, has been issued (A/CN.4/L.895).

Protection of the atmosphere

10 May 2017 The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Shinya Murase, introduced his fourth report on the topic (A/CN.4/705 + Corr.1). The Commission began its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s report.

New topic added to Programme of Work

9 May 2017 The Commission decided to include the topic “Succession of States in respect of State Responsibility” in the current programme of work and decided to appoint Mr. Pavel Šturma as Special Rapporteur for the topic.