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Fifty-sixth Session (2004)

Daily Bulletin

MONDAY, 3 May 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2791st meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2791)

  • Election of officers
    • The Commission elected Mr. Teodor Viorel Melescanu (Romania) as its Chairman, Ms. Hanqin Xue (China) as the First Vice-Chair, Mr. Constantin P. Economides (Greece) as First Vice-Chair, and Mr. Pedro Comissario Afonso (Mozambique) as Rapporteur
  • Adoption of the agenda
    • The Commission adopted its provisional agenda (A/CN.4/536)
  • Organization of work
    • The Commission adopted a work plan for the first two weeks of its session.
  • Diplomatic protection
    • The Special Rapporteur, Mr. John Dugard, introduced a portion of his fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/538). The Commission commenced its consideration of the report.

TUESDAY, 4 May 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2792nd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2792)

  • Election of officers
    • The Commission elected Mr. Victor Rodríguez- Cedeño (Venezuela) as Chairman of the Drafting Committee.
  • Diplomatic protection
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/538). The Special Rapporteur introduced a further part of his fifth report.
  • 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 which is as follows: Chairman: Mr. Rodríguez- Cedeño; Special Rapporteur: Mr. Christopher John Robert Dugard; Members: Mr. Emmanuel Addo, Mr. Ian Brownlie, Mr. Enrique Candioti, Mr. Chong Il Chee, Ms. Paula Escarameia, Mr. Giorgio Gaja, Mr. Peter Kabatsi, Mr. Roman Anatolyevitch Kolodkin, Mr. William Mansfield, Mr. Michael Matheson, Mr. Bernd Niehaus, Mr. Bernardo Sepulveda, Ms. Hanqin Xue and Mr. Pedro Comissario Afonso (ex officio).

WEDNESDAY, 5 May 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2793rd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2793)

  • Diplomatic protection
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/538).

THURSDAY, 6 May 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2794th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2794)

  • Diplomatic protection
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/538) and referred draft article 26 together with the alternative formulation for article 21 to the Drafting Committee.

FRIDAY, 7 May 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2795th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2795)

  • Diplomatic protection
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/538). The Special Rapporteur introduced a further part of his fifth report.

TUESDAY, 11 May 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2796th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2796)

  • Diplomatic protection
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/538), and recommended that the Drafting Committee consider elaborating a provision on the connection between the protection of ships crews and diplomatic protection
  • Fragmentation of International Law: Difficulties Arising From The Diversification And Expansion of International Law
    • The Chairman of the Study Group on Fragmentation of international law made a statement.

WEDNESDAY, 12 May 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2797th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2797)

  • Shared Natural Resources
    • The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Chusei Yamada, introduced his second report on the topic (A/CN.4/539 and Add.1). The Commission started its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's second report and decided to establish a Working Group on Transboundary Groundwater.

THURSDAY, 13 May 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2798th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2798)

  • Shared Natural Resources
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's second report on the topic (A/CN.4/539 and Add.1).

FRIDAY, 14 May 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2799th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2799)

  • Cooperation with other Bodies
    • The Director General of Legal Affairs of the Council of Europe addressed the Commission. An exchange of views followed.
  • Shared Natural Resources
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's second report on the topic (A/CN.4/539 and Add.1).

TUESDAY, 18 May 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2800th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2800)

  • Responsibility of International Organizations
    • The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Giorgio Gaja, introduced his second report on the topic (A/CN.4/541). The Commission started its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's second report.

WEDNESDAY, 19 May 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2801st meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2801)

  • Responsibility of International Organizations
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's second report on the topic (A/CN.4/541).

FRIDAY, 21 May 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2802nd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2802)

  • Responsibility of International Organizations
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's second report on the topic (A/CN.4/541).

TUESDAY, 25 May 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2803rd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2803)

  • Responsibility of International Organizations
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's second report on the topic (A/CN.4/541) and referred articles 4 to 7 to the Drafting Committee.
  • Programme, Procedures and Working Methods of the Commission and its Documentation
    • The Chairman of the Drafting Committee announced the composition of the Drafting Committee on Responsibility of international organizations which is as follows: Chairman: Mr. Victor RODRIGUEZ-CEDENO; Special Rapporteur: Mr. Giorgio GAJA; Members: Mr. Enrique CANDIOTI, Mr. Choung Il CHEE, Mr. Constantin ECONOMIDES, Ms. Paula ESCARAMEIA, Mr. Peter KABATSI, Mr. Roman Anatolyevitch KOLODKIN, Mr. Martti KOSKENNIEMI, Mr. William MANSFIELD, Mr. Djamchid MOMTAZ, Mr. Bernd NIEHAUS, Mr. Chusei YAMADA and Mr. Pedro COMISSARIO AFONSO (ex officio).

WEDNESDAY, 26 May 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2804th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2804)

  • 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 Special Rapporteur, Mr. Pemmaraju Sreenivasa Rao, introduced his second report on the topic (A/CN.4/540). The Commission started its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's second report.

THURSDAY, 27 May 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2805th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2805)

  • 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 continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's second report on the topic (A/CN.4/540).

FRIDAY, 28 May 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2806th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2806)

  • Diplomatic protection
    • The Chairman of the Drafting Committee presented the report of the Drafting Committee on Diplomatic protection (A/CN.4/L.647 and Add.1). The Commission considered the report and adopted, on first reading, a complete set of draft articles on Diplomatic protection (article 1 (Definition and scope/Définition et champ d'application), article 2 (Right to exercise diplomatic protection/Droit d'exercer la protection diplomatique), article 3 (Protection by the State of nationality/Protection par l'État de la nationalité), article 4 (State of nationality of a natural person/État de la nationalité d'une personne physique), article 5 (Continuous nationality/Continuité de la nationalité), article 6 (Multiple nationality and claim against a third State/Multiple nationalité et réclamation à léncontre d'un État tiers), article 7 (Multiple nationality and claim against a State of nationality/Multiple nationalité et réclamation à l'encontre d'un État de nationalité), article 8 (Stateless persons and refugees/Apatrides et réfugiés), article 9 (State of nationality of a corporation/État de nationalité d'une société), article 10 (Continuous nationality of a corporation/Continuité de la nationalité d'une société), article 11 (Protection of shareholders/Protection des actionnnaires), article 12 (Direct injury to shareholders/Atteinte directe aux droits des actionnnaires), article 13 (Other legal persons/Autres personnes morales), article 14 (Exhaustion of local remedies/Épuisement des recours internes), article 15 (Category of claims/Catégorie de réclamations), article 16 (Exceptions to the local remedies rule/Exceptions à la règle de l'épuisement des recours internes), article 17 (Actions or procedures other than diplomatic protection/Actions ou procedures autres que la protection diplomatique), article 18 (Special treaty provisions/Dispositions conventionnelles spéciales) and article 19 (Ships' crews/Équipages des navires)).

TUESDAY, 1 June 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2807th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2807)

  • 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 continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's second report on the topic (A/CN.4/540).

WEDNESDAY, 2 June 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2808th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2808)

  • 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 continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's second report on the topic (A/CN.4/540).
  • Programme, Procedures and Working Methods of the Commission and its Documentation
    • The Chairman of the Drafting Committee announced the composition of the Drafting Committee on Reservations to treaties which is as follows: Chairman: Mr. Victor RODRIGUEZ-CEDENO; Special Rapporteur: Mr. Alain PELLET; Members: Mr. Husain AL-BAHARNA, Mr. Enrique CANDIOTI, Mr. Constantin ECONOMIDES, Mr. Salifou FOMBA, Mr. Giorgio GAJA, Mr. Roman Anatolyevitch KOLODKIN, Mr. Michael J. MATHESON, Mr. Guillaume PAMBOU-TCHIVOUNDA and Mr. Pedro COMISSARIO-AFONSO (ex officio).

THURSDAY, 3 June 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2809th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2809)

  • 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 continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's second report on the topic (A/CN.4/540) and decided to establish a Working Group chaired by Mr. P.S. Rao.

FRIDAY, 4 June 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2810th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2810)

  • Programme, Procedures and Working Methods of the Commission and its Documentation
    • The Chairman announced the composition of the Working Group on 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) which is as follows:
      • Chairman: Mr. Pemmeraju Sreenivasa RAO; Members: Mr. Ian BROWNLIE, Mr. Enrique CANDIOTI, Mr. Chong Il CHEE, Mr. Constantin ECONOMIDES, Ms. Paula ESCARAMEIA, Mr. Giorgio GAJA, Mr. Zdzislaw GALICKI, Mr. James Lutabanzibwa KATEKA, Mr. William R. MANSFIELD, Mr. Michael J. MATHESON, Mr. Djamchid MOMTAZ, Mr. Chusei YAMADA and Mr. Pedro COMMISARIO AFONSO (ex officio).
  • Responsibility of International Organizations
    • The Chairman of the Drafting Committee presented the report of the Drafting Committee on Responsibility of international organizations (A/CN.4/L.648 and Corr.1). The Commission considered the report and adopted on first reading the following draft articles: Article 4 (General rule on attribution of conduct to an international organization/Règle générale en matière d'imputation d'un comportement à une organisation internationale), article 5 (Conduct of organs or agents placed at the disposal of an international organization by a State or another international organization/Comportement des organes ou agents mis à la disposition d'une organisation internationale par un État ou une autre organisation internationale), article 6 (Excess of authority or contravention of instructions/Excès de pouvoir ou comportement contraire aux instructions), article 7 (Conduct acknowledged and adopted by an international organization as its own/Comportement reconnu et adopté comme sien par une organisation internationale).
  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Chairman of the Drafting Committee presented the report of the Drafting Committee on Reservations to treaties (A/CN.4/L.649). The Commission considered the report and adopted on first reading the following draft guidelines: 2.3.5 (Widening of the scope of a reservation/Aggravation de la portée d'une réserve), 2.4.9 (Modification of an interpretative declaration/Modification d'une déclaration interprétative), 2.4.10 (Limitation and widening of the scope of a conditional interpretative declaration/Atténuation et aggravation de la portée d'une déclaration interprétative conditionnelle), 2.5.12 (Withdrawal of an interpretative declaration/Retrait d'une déclaration interprétative) and 2.5.13 (Withdrawal of a conditional interpretative declaration/Retrait d'une déclaration interprétative conditionnelle).

MONDAY, 5 July 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2811th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2811)

  • Other topics
    • The Acting Legal Counsel, Mr. Ralph Zacklin, 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.
  • Unilateral acts of States
    • The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Rodriguez-Cedeño, introduced his seventh report on the topic (A/CN.4/542).

TUESDAY, 6 July 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2812th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2812)

  • Unilateral acts of States
    • The Commission started its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's seventh report on the topic (A/CN.4/542).

WEDNESDAY, 7 July 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2813th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2813)

  • Cooperation with other bodies
    • The President of the International Court of Justice, Mr. Jiuyong Shi, addressed the Commission, followed by an exchange of views.
  • Unilateral acts of States
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's seventh report on the topic (A/CN.4/542).

THURSDAY, 8 July 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2814th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2814)

  • Programme, Procedures and Working Methods of the Commission and its Documentation
    • The Chairman made a statement.

FRIDAY, 9 July 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2815th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2815)

  • Unilateral acts of States
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's seventh report on the topic (A/CN.4/542).
  • 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 Special Rapporteur, Mr. P. S. Rao, introduced the report of the Working Group (A/CN.4/L.661). The Commission took note of the report and referred the eight draft principles proposed by the Working Group to the Drafting Committee.
  • Programme, Procedures and Working Methods of the Commission and its Documentation
    • The Chairman of the Drafting Committee announced the composition of the Drafting Committee on 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) which is as follows: Chairman: Mr. Victor RODRIGUEZ-CEDEÑO; Special Rapporteur: Mr. Pemmaraju Sreenivasa RAO; Members: Mr. Riad DAOUDI, Mr. Constantin ECONOMIDES, Mr. Giorgio GAJA, Mr. Zdzislaw GALICKI, Mr. James Lutabanzibwa KATEKA, Mr. Roman Anatolyevitch KOLODKIN, Mr. William MANSFIELD, Mr. Michael MATHESON, Mr. Djamchid MOMTAZ, Mr. Chusei YAMADA and Mr. Pedro COMISSARIO-AFONSO (ex officio).

TUESDAY, 13 July 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2816th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2816)

  • Unilateral acts of States
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's seventh report on the topic (A/CN.4/542).
  • Cooperation with other bodies
    • The Commission heard a statement by the Secretary General of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization, Ambassador Dr. Wafik Z. Kamil. An exchange of views followed.

WEDNESDAY, 14 July 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2817th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2817)

  • Unilateral acts of States
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's seventh report on the topic (A/CN.4/542).

FRIDAY, 16 July 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2818th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2818)

  • Unilateral acts of States
    • The Commission concluded its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's seventh report on the topic (A/CN.4/542) and decided to establish an open-ended Working Group on “Unilateral acts of States” chaired by Mr. Alain Pellet.
  • Programme, Procedures and Working Methods of the Commission and its Documentation
    • The Chairman of the of the Planning Group announced the composition of the Planning Group which is as follows: Chairperson: Ms. Hanqin XUE; Members: Mr. Ian BROWNLIE, Mr. Enrique CANDIOTI, Mr. Choung Il CHEE, Mr. Christopher John Robert DUGARD, Mr. Salifou FOMBA, Mr. Giorgio GAJA, Mr. Zdzislaw GALICKI, Mr. Peter C.R. KABATSI, Mr. Fathi KEMICHA, Mr. Roman Anatolyevitch KOLODKIN, Mr. Martti KOSKENNIEMI, Mr.William MANSFIELD, Mr. Michael J. MATHESON, Mr. Teodor Viorel MELESCANU, Mr. Bernd NIEHAUS, Mr. Guillaume PAMBOU-TCHIVOUNDA, Mr. Alain PELLET, Mr. Pemmaraju Sreenivasa RAO, Mr. Victor RODRIGUEZ-CEDEÑO, Mr. Bernardo SEPULVEDA, Mr. Chusei YAMADA and Mr. Pedro COMISSARIO AFONSO (ex officio).

TUESDAY, 20 July 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2819th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2819)

  • Cooperation with other bodies
    • The Commission heard a statement by the Representative of the Inter-American Juridical Committee, Dr. Felipe Paolillo. An exchange of views followed.

WEDNESDAY, 21 July 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2820th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2820)

  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Alain Pellet, introduced his ninth report on the topic (A/CN.4/544). The Commission started its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's ninth report.

THURSDAY, 22 July 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2821st meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2821)

  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's ninth report on the topic (A/CN.4/544).

FRIDAY, 23 July 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2822nd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2822)

  • 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 Chairman of the Drafting Committee presented the report of the Drafting Committee on 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) (A/CN.4/L.662). The Commission considered the report and adopted on first reading the preamble and a complete set of draft principles (Principle 1 (Scope of application/Champ d'application), Principle 2 (Use of terms/Termes employés), Principle 3 (Objective/Objectif), Principle 4 (Prompt and adequate compensation/Indemnisation prompte et adéquate), Principle 5 (Response measures/Mesures d'intervention), Principle 6 (International and domestic remedies/Recours internes et internationaux), Principle 7 (Development of specific international regimes/Élaboration de régimes internationaux spéciaux) and Principle 8/Implementation/Application)).
  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Commission concluded its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's ninth report on the topic (A/CN.4/544) and referred draft guidelines 2.6.1 and 2.6.2 to the Drafting Committee.

TUESDAY, 27 July 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2823rd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2823)

  • Report of the Planning Group
    • The Chairperson of the Planning Group, Ms. Xue, introduced the report of the Planning Group (A/CN.4/L.664/Rev.1). The Commission took note of the report.

THURSDAY, 29 July 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2824th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2824)

  • Diplomatic protection
    • The Commission started consideration of Chapter IV of its report on Diplomatic protection and adopted sections A, B and part of section C and commentary to draft articles 1 (Definition and Scope) (Définition et champ d'application) and 2 (Right to exercise diplomatic protection)(Droit d’exercer la protection diplomatique) (A/CN.4/L.653, Corr.1 and Add.1).

FRIDAY, 30 July 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2825th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2825)

  • Diplomatic protection
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter IV of its report on Diplomatic protection and adopted a further part of section C and commentaries to draft articles 3 (Protection by the State of nationality) (Protection par l'État de la nationalité), 4 (State of nationality) (État de nationalité d'une personne physique), 5 (Continuous nationality) (Continuité de la nationalité), 6 (Multiple nationality and claim against a third State) (Multiple nationalité et réclamation à l'encontre d'un État tiers), 7 (Multiple nationality and claim against a State of nationality) (Multiple nationalité et réclamation à l'encontre d'un État de nationalité), 8 (Stateless persons and refugees) (Apatrides et réfugiés) and part of commentary to draft article 9 (State of nationality of a corporation) (État de nationalité d'une société). (A/CN.4/L.653, Corr.1 and Add.1).

TUESDAY, 3 August 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2826th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2826)

  • Diplomatic protection
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter IV of its report on Diplomatic protection and adopted the last part of section C and part of the commentary to draft article 9 (State of nationality of a corporation) (État de nationalité d'une société) and commentaries to draft articles 10 (Continuous nationality of a corporation) (Continuité de la nationalité d'une société), 11 (Protection of shareholders) (Protection des actionnaires), 12 (Direct injury to shareholders) (Atteinte directe aux droits des actionnaires), 13 (Other legal persons) (Autres personnes morales), 14 (Exhaustion of local remedies) (Épuisement des recours internes), 15 (Category of claims) (Catégories de réclamations), 16 (Exceptions to the local remedies rule) (Exceptions à la règle de l'épuisement des recours internes), 17 (Actions or procedures other than diplomatic protection) (Actions ou procédures autres que la protection diplomatique), 18 (Special treaty provisions) (Dispositions conventionnelles spéciales) and 19 (Ships' crews) (Équipages des navires) (A/CN.4/L.653, Corr.1 and Add.1) as amended).
  • Responsibility of international organizations
    • The Commission started consideration of Chapter V of its report on Responsibility of international organizations and adopted sections A, B, and commentaries to draft articles 4 (General rule on attribution of conduct to an international organization) (Règle générale en matière d'attribution d'un comportement à une organisation internationale), 5 (Conduct of organs or agents placed at the disposal of an international organization by a State or another international organization) (Comportement des organes ou agents mis à la disposition d'une organisation internationale par un État ou une autre organisation internationale), 6 (Excess of authority or contravention of instructions) (Excès de pouvoir ou comportement contraire aux instructions) and 7 (Conduct acknowledged and adopted by an international organization as its own) (Comportement reconnu et adopté comme sien par une organisation internationale) (A/CN.4/L.654, Corr.1 and Add.1), as amended.

TUESDAY, 3 August 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2827th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2827)

  • Shared natural resources
    • The Commission started consideration of Chapter VI of its report on Shared natural resources and adopted section A and part of section B of its report relating to the topic (A/CN.4/L.655 and Corr.1), as amended.

WEDNESDAY, 4 August 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2828th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2828)

  • Shared natural resources
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter VI of its report on Shared natural resources and adopted section A and part of section B of its report relating to the topic (A/CN.4/L.655 and Corr.1), as amended.
  • Fragmentation of international law: difficulties arising from the diversification and expansion of international law
    • A member of the Study Group on Fragmentation of International Law: Difficulties arising from the diversification and expansion of international law introduced the report of the Study Group (A/CN.4/L.663/Rev.1). The Commission took note of the report.
  • 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 started consideration of Chapter VII of its report on 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) and adopted sections A, B and part of section C and commentaries to draft principles 1 (Scope of application) (Champ d'applicat'on), 2 (Use of form) (Termes employés), 3 (Objective) (Objectif), 4 (Prompt and adequate compensation) (Indemnisation prompte et adéquate), 5 (Response measures) (Mesures d'intervention) and part of commentary to draft principle 6 (International and Domestic Remedies) (Recours internes et internationaux) (A/CN.4/L.656, Add.1, Add.2 and Add.3), as amended.

THURSDAY, 5 August 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2829th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2829)

  • 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 continued consideration of Chapter VII of its report on 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) and adopted the rest of section C and part of the commentary to draft principle 6 (International and Domestic Remedies) (Recours internes et internationaux) and commentaries to draft principles 7 (Development of specific international regimes) (Élaboration de régimes internationaux spéciaux) and 8 (Implementation) (Application) (A/CN.4/L.656, Add.1, Add.2 and Add.3), as amended.
  • Unilateral acts of States
    • The Chairman of the Working Group, Mr. A. Pellet, made an oral report on Unilateral acts of States. The Commission took note of the oral report.
    • The Commission adopted Chapter VIII of its report relating to the topic (A/CN.4/L.657 and Add.1), as amended.
  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Commission started consideration of Chapter IX of its report on Reservations to treaties and adopted sections A, B, C and commentaries to draft guidelines 2.3.5 (Widening of the scope of a reservation) (Aggravation de la portée d'une réserve), 2.4.9 (Modification of an interpretative declaration) (Modification d'une déclaration interprétative), 2.4.10 (Limitation and widening of the scope of a conditional interpretative declaration) (Atténuation et aggravation de la portée d'une déclaration interprétative conditionnelle), 2.5.12 (Withdrawal of an interpretative declaration) (Retrait d'une déclaration interprétative) and 2.5.13 (Withdrawal of a conditional interpretative declaration) (Retrait d'une déclaration interprétative conditionnelle) (A/CN.4/L.658, Corr.1, Add.1, Add.2 and Add.2/Corr.1), as amended.

FRIDAY, 6 August 2004
Fifty-sixth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2830th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2830)

  • Fragmentation of international law: difficulties arising from the diversification and expansion of international law
    • The Commission adopted Chapter X relating to the topic (A/CN.4/L.659), as amended.
  • Other decisions and conclusions of the Commission
    • The Commission adopted Chapter XI relating to the topic (A/CN.4/L.660), as amended, and, inter alia, decided to include two new topics, namely “Expulsion of aliens” and “Effects of armed conflicts on treaties”. It also decided to appoint Mr. Maurice Kamto, Special Rapporteur for the topic “Expulsion of aliens” and Mr. Ian Brownlie, Special Rapporteur for the topic “Effects of armed conflicts on treaties”.
  • Summary of work of the Commission at its fifty-sixth session
    • The Commission adopted Chapter II relating to the topic (A/CN.4/L.651), as amended.
  • Specific issues on which comments would be of particular interest to the Commission
    • The Commission adopted Chapter III relating to the topic (A/CN.4/L.652), as amended.
  • Introduction
    • The Commission adopted Chapter I relating to the topic (A/CN.4/L.650), as amended.
  • Adoption of the report
    • The Commission adopted its report of the fifty-sixth session as a whole and thus concluded its work for that session.