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Fifty-fourth Session (2002)

Daily Bulletin

MONDAY, 29 April 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2711th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2711)

  • The Commission observed a minute of silence in memory of Mr. Adegoke Ajibola Ige.
  • Election of officers
    • The Commission elected Mr. Robert Rosenstock (United States of America) as its Chairman, Mr. Enrique Candioti (Argentina) as the First Vice-Chairman, Mr. Mr. James Lutabanzibwa Kateka (Tanzania) as the Second Vice-Chairman, Mr. Chusei Yamada (Japan) as the Chairman of the Drafting Committee, and Mr. Valery I. Kuznetsov (Russian Federation) as Rapporteur.
  • Adoption of the agenda
    • The Commission adopted its provisional agenda (A/CN.4/520)
  • Organization of work
    • The Commission adopted a work plan for the first two weeks of its current session.
  • Filling of a casual vacancy
    • The Commission elected Mr. Peter C.R. Kabatsi (Uganda) to fill the casual vacancy.

TUESDAY, 30 April 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2712th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2712)

  • Diplomatic Protection
    • The Special Rapporteur, Mr. John R. Dugard, introduced the remaining parts of his second report on the topic (A/CN.4/514, Corr.1 and Corr.2). The Commission began its consideration of the topic.
  • Programme, procedures and working methods of the Commission and its documentation
    • The Chairman of the Drafting Committee read out the composition of the Drafting Committee on Diplomatic Protection, as follows:
      • Chairman: Mr. Chusei YAMADA; Special Rapporteur: Mr. Christopher John DUGARD; Members: Mr. Ian BROWNLIE; Mr. Enrique CANDIOTI; Mr. Choung Il CHEE; Mr. Pedro COMISSARIO AFONSO; Mr. Riad DAOUDI; Mr. Giorgio GAJA; Mr. Zdzislaw GALICKI; Mr. Djamchid MOMTAZ; Mr. Victor RODRIGUEZ-CEDENO; Mr. Robert ROSENSTOCK; Mr. Bruno SIMMA; Ms. Hanqin XUE and Mr. Valery KUZNETSOV (ex officio).

WEDNESDAY, 1 May 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2713th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2713)

  • Diplomatic Protection
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the second report of the Special Rapporteur, Mr. John Dugard (A/CN.4/514, Corr.1 and Corr.2).
    • The Special Rapporteur introduced the first part of his third report on the topic (A/CN.4/523).
  • Programme, procedures and working methods of the Commission and its documentation
    • The Chairman of the Planning Group, Mr. Enrique Candioti, read out the composition of the Planning Group, which is as follows:
      • Chairman: Mr. Enrique CANDIOTI; Members: Mr. Emmanuel A. ADDO; Mr. Ali Mohsen AL-MARRI; Mr. Joao C. BAENA SOARES; Mr. Ian BROWNLIE; Mr. Pedro COMISSARIO AFONSO; Ms. Paula ESCARAMEIA; Mr. Salifou FOMBA; Mr. Zdzislaw GALICKI; Mr. James L. KATEKA; Mr. Fathi KEMICHA; Mr. William MANSFIELD; Mr. Djamchid MOMTAZ; Mr. Bernd H. NIEHAUS; Mr. Didier OPERTTI BADAN; Mr. Guillaume PAMBOU-TCHIVOUNDA; Mr. Alain PELLET; Mr. Peter TOMKA and Mr. Valery KUZNETSOV (ex officio).
    • The Secretary made a statement.

THURSDAY, 2 May 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2714th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2714)

  • The Commission observed a minute of silence in memory of Mr. Paul Szasz.
  • Diplomatic Protection
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the second report of the Special Rapporteur, Mr. John Dugard (A/CN.4/514, Corr.1 and Corr.2).
    • The Special Rapporteur introduced a further part of his third report on the topic (A/CN.4/523). The Commission also considered the third report.

FRIDAY, 3 May 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2715th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2715)

  • Diplomatic Protection
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the remaining parts of the second report of the Special Rapporteur, Mr. John Dugard (A/CN.4/514, Corr.1 and Corr.2) and also continued its consideration of the third report (A/CN.4/523).

TUESDAY, 7 May 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2716th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2716)

  • Diplomatic Protection
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the remaining parts of the second report of the Special Rapporteur, Mr. John Dugard (A/CN.4/514, Corr.1 and Corr.2) as well as parts of the third report (A/CN.4/523). The Special Rapporteur further introduced the remaining parts of his third report.

WEDNESDAY, 8 May 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2717th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2717)

  • Diplomatic Protection
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the remaining parts of the second report of the Special Rapporteur, Mr. John Dugard (A/CN.4/514, Corr.1 and Corr.2) as well as the third report (A/CN.4/523).
  • Programme, Procedures and Working Methods of the Commission and its Documentation
    • The Chairman of the Planning Group reported on the work undertaken thus far.
    • The Commission took note of the decision of the Planning Group to re-establish the Working Group on the Long-Term Programme of Work, to be chaired by Mr. Alain Pellet.
    • The Commission endorsed the suggestion of the Planning Group to include the following topics in its programme of work: International liability for injurious consequences arising out of acts not prohibited by international law, Responsibility of International Organizations, and Shared Natural Resources.
    • The Commission decided to establish a Working Group on International liability for injurious consequences arising out of acts not prohibited by international law, to be chaired by Mr. P.S. Rao, as well as a Working Group on Responsibility of International Organizations, to be chaired by Mr. Giorgio Gaja. The Commission further appointed Mr. Gaja as Special Rapporteur for the topic of Responsibility of International Organizations.
    • The Commission also decided to establish a Study Group on the topic of the Fragmentation of international law, to be chaired by Mr. Bruno Simma.
    • The Chairmen of the Working Groups and the Study Group made statements.

FRIDAY, 10 May 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2718th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2718)

  • Diplomatic Protection
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the remaining parts of the second report of the Special Rapporteur, Mr. John Dugard (A/CN.4/514, Corr.1 and Corr.2) as well as the third report (A/CN.4/523).

TUESDAY, 14 May 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2719th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2719)

  • Diplomatic Protection
    • The Commission concluded its consideration of the remaining parts of the second report of the Special Rapporteur, Mr. John Dugard (A/CN.4/514, Corr.1 and Corr.2)
    • The Commission decided to refer to the Drafting Committee articles 14 (a), (b), (d) (to be considered in connection with a) and (e), and decided to delete articles 12, 13, 15 and 14 (f) and suspended decision on article 14 (c).
  • Reservations to Treaties
    • The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Alain Pellet, introduced his seventh report on the topic (A/CN.4/526 and Add.1).

WEDNESDAY, 15 May 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2720th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2720)

  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Commission began its consideration of the seventh report of the Special Rapporteur, Mr. Alain Pellet (A/CN.4/526 and Add.1).
  • Unilateral acts of States
    • The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Victor Rodriguez-Cedeño, began introduction of his fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/525).
  • Programme, Procedures and Working Methods of the Commission and its Documentation
    • The Chairman of the Working Group on Responsibility of international organizations read out the composition, which is as follows:Chairman: Mr. Giorgio GAJA; Members: Mr. Joao Clemente BAENA SOARES, Mr. Enrique CANDIOTI, Mr. Riad DAOUDI, Ms. Paula ESCARAMEIA, Mr. Salifou FOMBA, Mr. Maurice KAMTO, Mr. James Lutabanzibwa KATEKA, Mr. Martti KOSKENNIEMI, Mr. William MANSFIELD, Mr. Bruno E. SIMMA, Mr. Peter TOMKA, Mr. Chusei YAMADA and Mr. Valery KUZNETSOV (ex officio).

FRIDAY, 17 May 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2721st meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2721)

  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the seventh report of the Special Rapporteur, Mr. Alain Pellet (A/CN.4/526 and Add.1) and referred to the Drafting Committee draft guideline 2.1.7bis.
  • Programme, Procedures and Working Methods of the Commission and its Documentation
    • The Chairman of the Drafting Committee read out the composition of the Drafting Committee on Reservations to treaties, which is as follows:Chairman: Mr. Chusei YAMADA; Special Rapporteur: Mr. Alain PELLET; Members: Mr. Pedro COMISSARIO AFONSO; Ms. Paul ESCARAMEIA; Mr. Salifou FOMBA; Mr Giorgio GAJA; Mr. Maurice KAMTO; Mr. Fathi KEMICHA; Mr. Martti KOSKENNIEMI; Mr. Victor RODRIGUEZ-CEDENO; Mr. Bernardo SEPULVEDA; Mr. Bruno SIMMA; Mr. Peter TOMKA; Ms. Hanqin XUE and Mr. Valery KUZNETSOV (ex officio).

TUESDAY, 21 May 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2722nd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2722)

  • Unilateral acts of States
    • The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Victor Rodriguez-Cedeño, continued introduction of his Fifth report (A/CN.4/525/Add.1). The Commission began its consideration of the Fifth report of the Special Rapporteur (A/CN.4/525 and Add.1).

WEDNESDAY, 22 May 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2723rd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2723)

  • Unilateral acts of States
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Fifth report of the Special Rapporteur (A/CN.4/525 and Add.1).

THURSDAY, 23 May 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2724th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2724)

  • Other business
    • The Legal Counsel made a statement informing the Commission on the activities of the Office of Legal Affairs and recent developments of international law in the context of the United Nations.
  • Programme, procedures and working methods of the Commission and its documentation
    • The Chairman of the Study Group on the Fragmentation of international law read out the composition of the Study Group, which is as follows: Chairman: Mr. Bruno SIMMA; Members: Mr. Emmanuel Akwei ADDO; Mr. Ian BROWNLIE; Mr. Enrique CANDIOTI; Mr. Christopher John R. DUGARD; Ms. Paula ESCARAMEIA; Mr. Giorgio GAJA; Mr. Zdzislaw GALICKI; Mr. Maurice KAMTO; Mr. James Lutabanzibwa KATEKA; Mr. Martti KOSKENNIEMI; Mr. Djamchid MOMTAZ; Mr. Bernd H. NIEHAUS; Mr. Guillaume PAMBOU-TCHIVOUNDA; Mr. Alain PELLET; Mr. Pemmeraju Sreenivasa RAO; Mr. Robert ROSENSTOCK; Mr. Bernardo SEPULVEDA; Mr. Peter TOMKA; Ms. Hanqin XUE; Mr. Chusei YAMADA; and Mr. Valery KUZNETSOV (ex officio).

FRIDAY, 24 May 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2725th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2725)

  • Diplomatic Protection
    • The Special Rapporteur, Mr. John Dugard, introduced a further part to his third report (A/CN.4/523/Add.1). The Commission began its consideration of document A/CN.4/523/Add.1.
  • Unilateral Acts of States
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the fifth report of the Special Rapporteur (A/CN.4/525 and Add.1).

TUESDAY, 28 May 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2726th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2726)

  • Unilateral Acts of States
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the fifth report of the Special Rapporteur (A/CN.4/525 and Add.1).

THURSDAY, 30 May 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2727th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2727)

  • Unilateral Acts of States
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the fifth report of the Special Rapporteur (A/CN.4/525 and Add.1) and decided to hold open-ended informal consultations on the topic.
  • Diplomatic Protection
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the third report of the Special Rapporteur (A/CN.4/523/Add.1).
  • Programme, procedures and working methods of the Commission and its documentation
    • The Commission appointed Mr. Chusei Yamada as Special Rapportuer for the topic "Shared Natural Resources".

FRIDAY, 31 May 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2728th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2728)

  • Diplomatic Protection
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the third report of the Special Rapporteur (A/CN.4/523/Add.1).

TUESDAY, 4 June 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2729th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2729)

  • Diplomatic Protection
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's third report (A/CN.4/523 and Add.1), and decided to refer paragraph (c) of draft article 14 to the Drafting Committee to be considered together with paragraph (a) of the same article. The Commission further decided not to refer draft article 16 to the Drafting Committee, but to include its contents in the commentaries. The Commission completed its consideration of the third report of the Special Rapporteur.

WEDNESDAY, 5 June 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2730th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2730)

  • Diplomatic Protection
    • The Chairman of the Drafting Committee introduced the report of the Drafting Committee on Diplomatic Protection (A/CN.4/L.613/Rev.1). The Commission adopted the following draft articles on first reading: articles 1 (Scope) (Champ d'application), 2 [3] (Right to exercise diplomatic protection) (Droit d'exercer la protection diplomatique) and 3 [5] (State of nationality)(État de la nationalité) as orally amended.
  • Cooperation with other bodies
    • The Commission heard a statement by the Representative of the Inter-American Juridical Committee, Ambassador Orlando Rebagliati.

THURSDAY, 6 June 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2731st meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2731)

  • Diplomatic Protection
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the report of the Drafting Committee on Diplomatic Protection (A/CN.4/L.613/Rev.1), and adopted draft articles 4 [9] (Continuous nationality)(Continuité de la nationalité), 5 [7] (Multiple nationality and claim against a third State)(Multiple nationalité et reclamation à l'encontre d'un État tiers) and 7 [8] (Stateless persons and refugees)(Apatrides et réfugiés). The Commission further adopted paragraph 1 of article 6 (Multiple nationality and claim against a State of nationality) (Multiple nationalité et réclamation à l'encontre d'un État de nationalité) on a provisional basis and decided to refer the title of article 1 as well as article 6, paragraph 2, to the Drafting Committee.

FRIDAY, 7 June 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2732nd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2732)

  • Diplomatic Protection
    • The Commission concluded its consideration of the report of the Drafting Committee on Diplomatic Protection (A/CN.4/L.613/Rev.1). It adopted article 6 (Multiple nationality and claim against a State of nationality)(Multiple nationalité et réclamation à l'encontre d'un État de nationalité), as orally revised, as well as a revised title for article 1 (Definition and Scope)(Définition et champ d'application). The Commission thus concluded its consideration of the topic.

MONDAY, 22 July 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2733rd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2733)

  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Commission commenced its consideration of the report of the Drafting Committee on Reservations to treaties (A/CN.4/L.614).

TUESDAY, 23 July 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2734th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2734)

  • Tribute to the memory of José Sette Câmara
    • The Commission observed a minute of silence in the memory of Mr. José Sette Câmara.
  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Commission concluded its consideration of the report of the Drafting Committee on Reservations to treaties (A/CN.4/L.614).
    • The Special Rapporteur continued his introduction of his seventh report (A/CN.4/526, Add.1, Add.2 and Add.3).

WEDNESDAY, 24 July 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2735th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2735)

  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the seventh report of the Special Rapporteur (A/CN.4/526, Add.1, Add.2 and Add.3).

THURSDAY, 25 July 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2736th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2736)

  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the seventh report of the Special Rapporteur (A/CN.4/526, Add.1, Add.2 and Add.3).

FRIDAY, 26 July 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2737th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2737)

  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the seventh report of the Special Rapporteur (A/CN.4/526, Add.1, Add.2 and Add.3).

TUESDAY, 30 July 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2738th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2738)

  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the seventh report of the Special Rapporteur (A/CN.4/526, Add.1, Add.2 and Add.3).
  • Cooperation with other bodies
    • The observer for the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization made a statement.

WEDNESDAY, 31 July 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2739th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2739)

  • Cooperation with other bodies
    • The President of the International Court of Justice, Judge Gilbert Guillaume, made a statement.
  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Commission concluded its consideration of the seventh report of the Special Rapporteur (A/CN.4/526, Add.1, Add.2 and Add.3).

FRIDAY, 2 August 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2740th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2740)

  • Responsibility of international organizations
    • The Commission heard the report of the Working Group on the Responsibility of international organizations (A/CN.4/L.622).

TUESDAY, 6 August 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2741st meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2741)

  • The fragmentation of international law: difficulties arising from the diversification and expansion of international law
    • The Commission heard the report of the Study Group on the Fragmentation of International Law (A/CN.4/L.628 and Corr.1).

WEDNESDAY, 7 August 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2742nd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2742)

  • The fragmentation of international law: difficulties arising from the diversification and expansion of international law
    • The Commission concluded its consideration of the report of the Study Group on the Fragmentation of International Law (A/CN.4/L.628 and Corr.1).

THURSDAY, 8 August 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2743rd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2743)

  • International liability for injurious consequences arising out of acts not prohibited by international law (international liability in case of loss from transboundary harm arising out of hazardous activities)
    • The Commission heard the report of the Working Group established on the topic (A/CN.4/L.627)

FRIDAY, 9 August 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2744th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2744)

  • International liability for injurious consequences arising out of acts not prohibited by international law (international liability in case of loss from transboundary harm arising out of hazardous activities)
    • The Commission concluded its consideration of the report of the Working Group established on the topic (A/CN.4/L.627)
  • Cooperation with other bodies
    • The observer for the Council of Europe made a statement.

MONDAY, 12 August 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2745th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2745)

  • Draft report of the Commission on the work of its fifty-fourth session
    • The Commission commenced the adoption of its report.

TUESDAY, 13 August 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2746th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2746)

  • Draft report of the Commission on the work of its fifty-fourth session
    • The Commission continued the adoption of its report.

TUESDAY, 13 August 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2747th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2747)

  • Draft report of the Commission on the work of its fifty-fourth session
    • The Commission continued the adoption of its report.

WEDNESDAY, 14 August 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2748th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2748)

  • Draft report of the Commission on the work of its fifty-fourth session
    • The Commission continued the adoption of its report.

THURSDAY, 15 August 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2749th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2749)

  • Draft report of the Commission on the work of its fifty-fourth session
    • The Commission continued the adoption of its report.

FRIDAY, 15 August 2002
Fifty-fourth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2750th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2750)

  • Draft report of the Commission on the work of its fifty-fourth session
    • The Commission concluded the adoption of its report.