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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

Subsequent agreements

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.

Protection of the atmosphere

17 May 2018 The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Shinya Murase, introduced his fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/711).

Jus cogens

14 May 2018 The Chairman of the Drafting Committee presented the interim report of the Drafting Committee on the topic. The Commission took note of the interim report.

Provisional application

14 May 2018 The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Juan Manuel Gómez-Robledo, introduced his fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/718). The Secretariat introduced its Memorandum (A/CN.4/707). The Commission began its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s report.

Customary international law

14 May 2018 The Special Rapporteur summarized the debate on his fifth report (A/CN.4/717). The Commission decided to refer draft conclusions 1 to 16 to the Drafting Committee. It also decided to establish a Working Group to consider the commentaries to the draft conclusions.

Visit of the Legal Counsel

9 May 2018 The United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, made a statement 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.

Customary international law

7 May 2018 The Special Rapportuer, Sir Michael Wood, introduced his fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/717). The Secretariat introduced its Memorandum on the “Ways and means for making the evidence of customary international law more readily available” (A/CN.4/710). The Commission began its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s report.

Subsequent agreements

7 May 2018 The Special Rapporteur summarized the debate on his fifth report (A/CN.4/715). The Commission decided to refer draft conclusions 1 [1a] to 13 [12] to the Drafting Committee.