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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

Identification of customary international law

20 April 2018The report containing government comments on identification of customary international law has been issued (A/CN.4/716).

Provisional application of treaties

20 April 2018 The fifth report on the provisional application of treaties, by Juan Manuel Gómez-Robledo, Special Rapporteur, has been issued (A/CN.4/718).

Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)

20 April 2018 The third report on peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens) by Dire Tladi, Special Rapporteur, has been issued (A/CN.4/714).

Filling of casual vacancies

18 April 2018 Mr. Evgeny Zagaynov (Russian Federation) has been nominated to fill the casual vacancy in the Commission (A/CN.4/721/Add.1).

Filling of casual vacancies

13 April 2018 A Note by the Secretariat announcing a casual vacancy in the Commission has been issued (A/CN.4/721).

Subsequent agreements & practice

11 April 2018 The report containing government comments on subsequent agreements and subsequent practice in relation to the interpretation of treaties has been issued (A/CN.4/712).

Subsequent agreements & practice

9 April 2018 The fifth report on subsequent agreements and subsequent practice in relation to the interpretation of treaties, by Georg Nolte, Special Rapporteur, has been issued (A/CN.4/715).

Briefing by the Secretariat

5 April 2018 A briefing focusing on the working methods of the Commission, as well as on the current status of the consideration of the topics on its programme of work, will be held on Friday, 20 April 2018, in conf. room 6, from 10 am to 1 pm (approx).

Customary law

26 March 2018 The Memorandum by the Secretariat on ways and means for making the evidence of customary international law more readily available has been issued (A/CN.4/710).

Topical Summary

22 March 2018 The Topical Summary of the debate in the Sixth Committee on the 2017 ILC report has been issued (A/CN.4/713).

Protection of the atmosphere

14 March 2018 The fifth report on the protection of the atmosphere, by Shinya Murase, Special Rapporteur, has been issued (A/CN.4/711).

2018 Session of the ILC

22 January 2018 The provisional agenda for the seventieth session of the ILC is now available (A/CN.4/709/Rev.1).