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Sixty-first Session (2009)

Daily Bulletin

MONDAY, 4 May 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2998th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2998)

  • Election of officers
    • The Commission elected Mr. Ernest Petric (Slovenia) as its Chairman, Mr. Nugroho Wisnumurti (Indonesia) as the First Vice-Chair, Mr. Salifou Fomba (Mali) as Second Vice-Chair, Marcelo Vazquez-Bermudez (Ecuador) as Chairman of the Drafting Committee, and Ms. Marie G. Jacobsson (Sweden) as Rapporteur.
  • Adoption of the agenda
    • The Commission adopted its provisional agenda (A/CN.4/605)
  • Filling of a casual vacancy
    • The Commission elected Mr. Shinya Murase (Japan) to fill the casual vacancy created by the resignation of Mr. Chusei Yamada.
  • Responsibility of international organizations
    • The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Giorgio Gaja, introduced the first part of his seventh report on the topic (A/CN.4/610). The Commission began its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's seventh report.

TUESDAY, 5 May 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
2999th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.2999)

  • Responsibility of international organizations
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's seventh report on the topic (A/CN.4/610).
  • 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. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez; Special Rapporteur: Mr. Alain Pellet; Members: Ms. Paula Escarameia, Mr. Salifou Fomba, Mr. Giorgio Gaja, Mr. Donald M. McRae, Mr. Teodor V. Melescanu, Mr. Georg Nolte, Mr. Nugroho Wisnumurti, Mr. Michael Wood, Ms. Hanqin Xue and Ms. Marie G. Jacobsson (ex officio).

WEDNESDAY, 6 May 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3000th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3000)

  • Responsibility of international organizations
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's seventh report on the topic (A/CN.4/610).
  • 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 "Expulsion of aliens" which is as follows: Chairman: Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez; Special Rapporteur: Mr. Maurice Kamto; Members: Ms. Paula Escarameia, Mr. Salifou Fomba, Mr. Giorgio Gaja, Mr. Zdzislaw Galicki, Mr. Donald M. McRae, Mr. Bernd H. Niehaus, Mr. A. Rohan Perera, Mr. Ernest Petric, Mr. Gilberto V. Saboia, Mr. Stephen C. Vasciannie, Mr. Michael Wood, Ms. Hanqin Xue and Ms. Marie G. Jacobsson (ex officio).

THURSDAY, 7 May 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3001st meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3001)

  • Responsibility of international organizations
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's seventh report on the topic (A/CN.4/610).

FRIDAY, 8 May 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3002nd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3002)

  • Responsibility of international organizations
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's seventh report on the topic (A/CN.4/610).
  • Expulsion of aliens
    • The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Maurice Kamto, introduced his fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/611 and Corr.1).

TUESDAY, 12 May 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3003rd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3003)

  • Expulsion of aliens
    • The Commission began its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/611 and Corr.1).

WEDNESDAY, 13 May 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3004th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3004)

  • Visit of the Legal Counsel
    • The Legal Counsel, Ms. Patricia O'Brien, 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.
  • Expulsion of aliens
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/611 and Corr.1).

THURSDAY, 14 May 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3005th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3005)

  • Expulsion of aliens
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/611 and Corr.1).

FRIDAY, 15 May 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3006th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3006)

  • Expulsion of aliens
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/611 and Corr.1). The Special Rapporteur summarized the debate and agreed to submit a new version of draft articles 8–14 in the light of the discussion.
  • Responsibility of international organizations
    • The Special Rapporteur introduced the second part of his seventh report on the topic (A/CN.4/610). The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's seventh report.

TUESDAY, 19 May 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3007th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3007)

  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Commission considered the report of the Drafting Committee on Reservations to treaties (A/CN.4/L.740) and adopted the following draft guidelines: 2.8.1 (Tacit acceptance of reservations/Acceptation tacite des réserves), 2.8.2 (Unanimous acceptance of reservations/Acceptation unanime des réserves), 2.8.3. (Express acceptance of a reservation/Acceptation expresse d'une réserve), 2.8.4 (Written form of express acceptance/Forme écrite d'une acceptation expresse), 2.8.5 (Procedure for formulating express acceptance/Procédure de formulation d'une acceptation expresse), 2.8.6 (Non-requirement of confirmation of an acceptance made prior to formal confirmation of a reservation/Non-exigence de la confirmation d'une acceptation faite avant la confirmation formelle de la réserve), 2.8.7 (Acceptance of a reservation to the constituent instrument of an international organization/Acceptation d'une réserve à l'acte constitutif d'une organisation internationale), 2.8.8 (Organ competent to accept a reservation to a constituent instrument/Organe compétent pour accepter une réserve à un acte constitutif), 2.8.9 (Modalities of the acceptance of a reservation to a constituent instrument/Modalités de l'acceptation d'une réserve à un acte constitutif), 2.8.10 (Acceptance of a reservation to a constituent instrument that has not yet entered into force/Acceptation d'une réserve à un acte constitutif qui n'est pas encore entré en vigueur), 2.8.11 (Reaction by a member of an international organization to a reservation to its constituent instrument/Réaction d'un membre d'une organisation internationale à une réserve à l'acte constitutif) and 2.8.12 (Final nature of acceptance of a reservation/Caractère définitif de l'acceptation d'une réserve).
  • Responsibility of international organizations
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's seventh report (A/CN.4/610).
  • 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. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez; Special Rapporteur: Mr. Giorgio Gaja; Members: Mr. Christopher John Dugard, Ms. Paula Escarameia, Mr. Salifou Fomba, Mr. Mahmoud Hmoud, Mr. Donald M. McRae, Mr. Teodor Melescanu, Mr. Shinya Murase, Mr. A. Rohan Perera, Mr. Eduardo Valencia-Ospina, Mr. Stephen C. Vasciannie, Mr. Nugroho Wisnumurti, Sir Michael Wood, Ms. Hanqin Xue and Ms. Marie G. Jacobsson (ex officio).

WEDNESDAY, 20 May 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3008th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3008)

  • Responsibility of international organizations
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's seventh report on the topic (A/CN.4/610).

FRIDAY, 22 May 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3009th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3009)

  • Responsibility of international organizations
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's seventh report on the topic (A/CN.4/610). The Special Rapporteur summarized the debate. The Commission decided to refer to the Drafting Committee draft articles 2, 4(2), 8, 15(2)(b), 15bis, 18, 19, 28(1), 55, 61, 62, 63 and 64.

TUESDAY, 26 May 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3010th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3010)

  • Reservation to treaties
    • The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Alain Pellet, introduced a part of his fourteenth report on the topic (A/CN.4/614).

WEDNESDAY, 27 May 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3011th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3011)

  • Reservation to treaties
    • The Commission began its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's fourteenth report on the topic (A/CN.4/614).

FRIDAY, 29 May 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3012th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3012)

  • Reservation to treaties
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's fourteenth report on the topic (A/CN.4/614). The Special Rapporteur summarized the debate. The Commission decided to refer to the Drafting Committee draft guidelines 2.4.0 and 2.4.3 bis.
  • Programme, Procedures and Working Methods of the Commission and its Documentation
    • The Commission appointed Mr. Lucius Caflisch as Special Rapporteur on the topic "Effects of armed conflicts on treaties". The Commission also appointed Mr. Georg Nolte as Chairman of the Study Group on the topic "Treaties over time" and Mr. Donald M. McRae and Mr. A. Rohan Perera as Co-Chairs of the Study Group on the topic "The Most-Favoured-Nation clause".

TUESDAY, 2 June 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3013th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3013)

  • Programme, Procedures and Working Methods of the Commission and its Documentation
    • The Chairman of the Study Group announced the composition of the Study Group on "Treaties over time" which is as follows: Chairman: Mr. Georg Nolte; Members: Mr. Enrique Candioti, Mr. Christopher J. R. Dugard, Ms. Paula Escarameia, Mr. Salifou Fomba, Mr. Giorgo Gaja, Mr. Zdzislaw Galicki, Mr. Hussein A. Hassouna, Mr. Mahmoud D. Hmoud, Mr. Roman A. Kolodkin, Mr. Donald M. McRae, Mr. Teodor V. Melescanu, Mr. Shinya Murase, Mr. Bernd H. Niehaus, Mr. Bayo Ojo, Mr. Alain Pellet, Mr. A. Rohan Perera, Mr. Ernest Petric, Mr. Narinder Singh, Mr. Eduardo Valencia-Ospina, Mr. Vargas Carreño, Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez, Mr. Amos S. Wako, Mr. Nugroho Wisnumurti, Sir Michel Wood, Ms. Hanqin Xue and Ms. Marie G. Jacobsson (ex officio).
    • The Co-Chair of the Study Group announced the composition of the Study Group on "The Most-Favoured-Nation clause" which is as follows: Co-Chairs: Mr. Donald M. McRae and Mr. A. Rohan Perera; Members: Mr. Lucius Caflisch, Mr. Enrique Candioti, Ms. Paula Escarameia, Mr. Salifou Fomba, Mr. Giorgio Gaja, Mr. Hussein A. Hassouna, Mr. Mahmoud D. Hmoud, Mr. Roman A. Kolodkin, Mr. Shinya Murase, Mr. Georg Nolte, Mr. Alain Pellet, Mr. Gilberto V. Saboia, Mr. Narinder Singh, Mr. Stephen C. Vasciannie, Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez, Mr. Amos S. Wako, Mr. Nugroho Wisnumurti, Sir Michael Wood, Ms. Hanqin Xue and Ms. Marie G. Jacobsson (ex officio).
    • The Chairman of the Planning Group announced the composition of the Planning Group which is as follows: Chairman: Mr. Nugroho Wisnumurti; Members: Mr. Lucius Caflisch, Mr. Enrique Candioti, Mr. Pedro Comissario Afonso, Mr. Christopher J. R. Dugard, Ms. Paula Escarameia, Mr. Salifou Fomba, Mr. Giorgio Gaja, Mr. Zdzislaw Galicki, Mr. Hussein A. Hassouna, Mr. Mahmoud D. Hmoud, Mr. Roman A. Kolodkin, Mr. Donald M. McRae, Mr. Shinya Murase, Mr. Georg Nolte, Mr. Bayo Ojo, Mr. Alain Pellet, Mr. A. Rohan Perera, Mr. Ernest Petric, Mr. Gilberto V. Saboia, Mr. Narinder Singh, Mr. Eduardo Valencia-Ospina, Mr. Vargas Carreño, Mr. Stephen C. Vasciannie, Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez, Mr. Amos S. Wako, Sir Michael Wood, Ms. Hanqin Xue and Ms. Marie G. Jacobsson (ex officio).

FRIDAY, 5 June 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3014th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3014)

  • Responsibility of international organizations
    • The Commission considered the first part of the report of the Drafting Committee on Responsibility of international organizations (A/CN.4/L.743) and adopted the following draft articles: 2 (Use of terms/Définition), 4 (General rule on attribution of conduct to an international organization/Règle générale en matière d'attribution d'un comportement à une organisation internationale), 8 (Existence of a breach of an international obligation/Existence de la violation d'une obligation internationale), 15 (Decisions, recommendations and authorizations addressed to member States and international organizations/Décisions, recommandations et autorisations adressées aux Etats et organisations internationales membres), 15 bis (Responsibility of an international organization member of another international organization/Responsabilité d'une organisation internationale membre d'une autre organisation internationale), 18 (Self-defence/Légitime défense), 19 (Countermeasures/Contre-mesures), and 55 (Countermeasures by members of an international organization/Contre-mesures prises par des membres d'une organisation internationale). Furthermore, the Commission adopted the following draft articles which were taken note of at the 60th session (A/CN.4/L.725/Add.1): 54 (Object and limits of countermeasures/Objet et limites des contre-mesures), 56 [53] (Obligations not affected by countermeasures/Obligations ne pouvant être affectées par des contre-mesures), 57 [54] (Proportionality/Proportionnalité), 58 [55] (Conditions relating to resort to countermeasures/Conditions du recours à des contre-mesures), 59 [56] (Termination of countermeasures/Cessation des contre-mesures), and 60 [57] (Measures taken by an entity other than an injured State or international organizational organization/Mesures prises par une entité autre que l'Etat lésé ou l'organisation internationale lésée).
  • Reservation to treaties
    • The Commission considered the first part of the report of the Drafting Committee on Reservations to treaties (A/CN.4/L.744) and adopted the following draft guidelines, as amended: 2.4.0 (Form of interpretative declarations/Forme des déclarations interprétatives), 2.4.3 bis (Communication of interpretative declarations/Communication des déclarations interprétatives), 2.9.1 (Approval of an interpretative declaration/Approbation d'une déclaration interprétative), 2.9.2 (Opposition to an interpretative declaration/Opposition à une déclaration interprétative), 2.9.3 (Recharacterization of an interpretative declaration/Requalification d'une déclaration interprétative), 2.9.4 (Freedom to formulate approval, opposition or recharacterization/Faculté de formuler une approbation, une opposition ou une requalification), 2.9.5 (Written form of approval, opposition and recharacterizion/Forme écrite de l'approbation, de l'opposition et de la requalification), 2.9.6 (Statement of reasons for approval, opposition and recharacterization/Motivation de l'approbation, de l'opposition et de la requalification), 2.9.7 (Formulation and communication of approval, opposition or recharacterization/Formulation et communication de l'approbation, de l'opposition et de la requalification), 2.9.8 (Non-presumption of approval or opposition/Absence de présomption d'approbation ou d'opposition), 2.9.9 (Silence with respect to an interpretative declaration/Le silence à l'égard d'une déclaration interprétative), 2.9.10 (Reactions to conditional interpretative declarations/Réactions aux déclarations interprétatives conditionnelles), 3.2 (Assessment of the validity of reservations/Appréciation de la validité des réserves), 3.2.1 (Competence of the treaty monitoring bodies to assess the validity of reservations/Compétence des organes de contrôle de l'application de traités en matière d'appréciation de la validité d'une réserve), 3.2.2 (Specification of the competence of treaty monitoring bodies to assess the validity of reservations/Détermination de la compétence des organes de contrôle de l'application de traités en matière d'appréciation de la validité des réserves), 3.2.3 (Cooperation of States and international organizations with treaty monitoring bodies/Coopération des Etats et des organisations internationales avec les organes de contrôle de l'application de traités), 3.2.4 (Bodies competent to assess the validity of reservations in the event of the establishment of a treaty monitoring body/Instances compétentes pour apprécier la validité des réserves en cas de création d'un organe de contrôle de l'application d'un traité) and 3.2.5 (Competence of dispute settlement bodies to assess the validity of reservations/Compétence des organes de règlement des différends pour apprécier la validité des réserves).

MONDAY, 6 July 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3015th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3015)

  • Protection of persons in the event of disasters
    • The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Eduardo Valencia-Ospina, introduced his second report on the topic (A/CN.4/615). The Commission began its consideration on the Special Rapporteur's second report.
  • Responsibility of international organizations
    • The Commission considered the second part of the report of the Drafting Committee on Responsibility of international organizations (A/CN.4/L.743/Add.1) and adopted the following draft articles: 3 (Responsibility of an international organization for its internationally wrongful acts/Responsabilité d'une organization internationale pour fait internationalement illicite), 3bis (Elements of an internationally wrongful act of an international organization/Eléments du fait internationalement illicite d'une organisation internationale), 28 (Responsibility of a member State seeking to avoid compliance/Responsabilité d'un Etat membre qui cherche à se soustraire à ses obligations), 61 (Lex specialis), 62 (Questions of international responsibility not regulated by these articles/Questions concernant la responsabilité internationale non régies par les présents articles), 63 (Individual responsibility/Responsabilité individuelle) and 64 (Charter of the United Nations/Charte des Nations Unies).

TUESDAY, 7 July 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3016th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3016)

  • Cooperation with other bodies
    • The President of the International Court of Justice, Judge Hisashi Owada, addressed the Commission, followed by an exchange of views.
  • Protection of persons in the event of disasters
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's second report on the topic (A/CN.4/615).

WEDNESDAY, 8 July 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3017th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3017)

  • Protection of persons in the event of disasters
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's second report on the topic (A/CN.4/615).

THURSDAY, 9 July 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3018th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3018)

  • Protection of persons in the event of disasters
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's second report on the topic (A/CN.4/615).

FRIDAY, 10 July 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3019th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3019)

  • Protection of persons in the event of disasters
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's second report on the topic (A/CN.4/615). The Special Rapporteur summed-up the debate. The Commission decided to refer draft articles 1 to 3 to the Drafting Committee.
  • Programme, Procedures and Working Methods of the Commission and its Documentation
    • The Chairman of the Drafting announced the composition of the Drafting Committee on "Protection of persons in the event of disasters" which is as follows: Chairman: Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez; Special Rapporteur: Mr. Eduardo Valencia-Ospina; Members: Ms. Paula Escarameia, Mr. Salifou Fomba, Mr. Donald M. McRae, Mr. Teodor Viorel Melescanu, Mr. Shinya Murase, Mr. Georg Nolte, Mr. Ernest Petric, Mr. Gilberto Vergne Saboia, Mr. Narinder Singh, Mr. Edmundo Vargas Carreño, Mr. Stephen Vasciannie, Mr. Nugroho Wisnumurti, Sir Michael Wood, Ms. Hanqin Xue and Ms. Marie G. Jacobsson (ex officio).

TUESDAY, 14 July 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3020th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3020)

  • Shared Natural Resources
    • The Commission took note of the oral report of the Working Group on "Shared natural resources" and endorsed the recommendations contained therein.
  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Alain Pellet, introduced a further part of his fourteenth report on the topic (A/CN.4/614/Add.1). The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's report.
  • Programme, Procedures and Working Methods of the Commission and its Documentation
    • The Chairman of the Drafting announced additional members of the Drafting Committee on "Protection of persons in the event of disasters" as follows: Mr. Giorgio Gaja, Mr. Hussein Hassouna and Mr. A. Rohan Perera.

WEDNESDAY, 15 July 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3021st meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3021)

  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Alain Pellet, introduced the remaining part of his fourteenth report on the topic (A/CN.4/614/Add.1). The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's report.

THURSDAY, 16 July 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3022nd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3022)

  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's fourteenth report on the topic (A/CN.4/614/Add.1).

FRIDAY, 17 July 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3023rd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3023)

  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur's fourteenth report on the topic (A/CN.4/614/Add.1).

TUESDAY, 21 July 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3024th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3024)

  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Special Rapporteur summarized the debate on his fourteenth report on the topic (A/CN.4/614/Add.1). It was agreed that the Special Rapporteur would present a revised version of draft guidelines 3.4, 3.5, 3.5.1, 3.5.2, 3.5.3 and 3.6.
  • Cooperation with other bodies
    • The Director of Legal Advice and Public International Law of the Council of Europe, Mr. Manuel Lezertua, and the Head of the Public International Law and Anti-Terrorism Division, Mr. Alexandre Guessel, addressed the Commission. An exchange of views followed.

WEDNESDAY, 22 July 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3025th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3025)

  • Cooperation with other bodies
    • The representative of the Inter-American Juridical Committee, Mr. Jaime Aparicio, addressed the Commission. An exchange of views followed.
  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Commission decided to refer draft guidelines 3.4, 3.4.1, 3.4.2, 3.5, 3.5.1, 3.5.2, 3.5.3 and 3.6 to the Drafting Committee.
    • The Commission considered the second part of the report of the Drafting Committee on Reservations to treaties (A/CN.4/L.744/Add.1) and adopted the following draft guidelines: 3.3 (Consequences of the non-validity of a reservation/Conséquences de la non-validité d'une réserve) and 3.3.1 (Non-validity of reservations and international responsibility/Non-validité des réserves et responsabilité internationale).

THURSDAY, 23 July 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3026th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3026)

  • Cooperation with other bodies
    • The current President of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization, Mr. Narinder Singh, made a statement. An exchange of views followed.

FRIDAY, 24 July 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3027th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3027)

  • Expulsion of aliens
    • The Chairman of the Drafting Committee, Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez, presented a progress report on the topic. The Commission took note of the progress report.

TUESDAY, 28 July 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3028th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3028)

  • Expulsion of aliens
    • The Commission decided to postpone to the next session the consideration of the revised draft articles 8 to 16 presented by the Special Rapporteur on protection of the human rights of persons who have been or are being expelled (A/CN.4/617).

FRIDAY, 31 July 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3029th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3029)

  • Protection of persons in the event of disasters
    • The Commission took note of the Drafting Committee report on the topic (A/CN.4/L.758).
  • Most-favoured-nation clause
    • The Co-Chair of the Study Group on Most-Favoured Nation clause, Mr. A. Rohan Perera, presented an oral report on the topic. The Commission took note of the oral report.
  • Treaties over time
    • The Chairman of the Study Group on Treaties over time, Mr. Georg Nolte, presented an oral report on the topic. The Commission took note of the oral report.
  • The obligation to extradite or prosecute (aut dedere aut judicare)
    • The Chairman of the Working Group on the Obligation to extradite or prosecute (aut dedere aut judicare), Mr. Alain Pellet, presented an oral report on the topic. The Commission took note of the oral report.

MONDAY, 3 August 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3030th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3030)

  • Report of the planning group
    • The Chairman of the Planning Group introduced the report of the Planning Group (A/CN.4/L.759). The Commission adopted the report.
  • Expulsion of aliens
    • The Commission adopted Chapter VI of its report on Expulsion of aliens (A/CN.4/L.750, A/CN.4/L.750/Corr.1 and A/CN.4/L.750/Add.1), as amended.
  • Responsibility of international organizations
    • The Commission began consideration of Chapter IV of its report on Responsibility of international organizations and adopted sections A and B (A/CN.4/L.748), as amended.
  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Commission began consideration of Chapter V of its report on Reservations to treaties and adopted section A and part of section C including the commentary to draft guidelines 2.4.0 (Form of interpretative declarations/Forme des déclarations interprétatives) and 2.4.3bis (Communication of interpretative declarations/Communication des déclarations interprétatives) (A/CN.4/L.749 and A/CN.4/L.749/Add.3), as amended.
  • Immunity of state officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction
    • The Commission adopted Chapter X of its report on Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction (A/CN.4/L.754).

TUESDAY, 4 August 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3031st meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3031)

  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter V of its report on Reservations to treaties and adopted a further part of section C including the commentary to draft guidelines 2.8.1 (Tacit acceptance of reservations/Acceptation tacite des réserves), 2.8.2 (Unanimous acceptance of reservations/Acceptation unanime des réserves), 2.8.3 (Express acceptance of a reservation/Acceptation expresse d'une réserve), 2.8.4 (Written form of express acceptance/Forme écrite d'une acceptation expresse), 2.8.5 (Procedure for formulating express acceptance/Procédure de formulation d'une acceptation expresse), 2.8.6 (Non-requirement of confirmation of an acceptance made prior to formal confirmation of a reservation/Non-exigence de la confirmation d'une acceptation faite avant la confirmation formelle de la réserve), 2.8.7 (Acceptation of a reservation to the constituent instrument of an international organization/Acceptation d'une réserve à l'acte constitutif d'une organisation internationale) and 2.8.8 (Organ competent to accept a reservation to a constituent instrument/Organe compétent pour accepter une réserve à un acte constitutif) (A/CN.4/L.749/Add.4), as amended.
  • Responsibility of international organizations
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter IV of its report on Responsibility of international organizations and adopted on first reading part of section C including the commentary of draft articles 1 (Scope of the present draft articles/Champ d'application du présent projet d'articles), 2 (Use of terms/Définitions), 3 (Responsibility of an international organization for its internationally wrongful acts/Responsabilité d'une organisation internationale pour fait internationalement illicite), 4 (Elements of an internationally wrongful act of an international organization/Eléments du fait internationalement illicite d'une organisation internationale), 5 (General rule on attribution of conduct to an international organization/Règle générale en matière d'attribution d'un comportement à une organisation internationale), 6 (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), 7 (Excess of authority or contravention of instructions/Excès de pouvoir ou comportement contraire aux instructions), 8 (Conduct acknowledged and adopted by an international organization as its own/Comportement reconnu et adopté comme étant sien par une organisation internationale), 9 (Existence of a breach of an international obligation/Existence de la violation d'une obligation internationale), 10 (International obligation in force for an international organization/Obligation internationale en vigueur à l'égard d'une organisation internationale), 11 (Extension in time of the breach of an international obligation/Extension dans le temps de la violation d'une obligation internationale), 12 (Breach consisting of a composite act/Violation constituée par un fait composite), 13 (Aid or assistance in the commission of an internationally wrongful act/Aide ou assistance dans la commission du fait internationalement illicite), 14 (Direction and control exercised over the commission of an internationally wrongful act/Directives et contrôle dans la commission du fait internationalement illicite), 15 (Coercion of a State or another international organization/Contrainte exercée sur un État ou une autre organisation internationale), 16 (Decisions, recommendations and authorizations addressed to member States and international organizations/Décisions, recommandations et autorisations adressées aux États et organisations internationales membres), 17 (Responsibility of an international organization member of another international organization/Responsabilité d'une organisation internationale membre d'une autre organisation internationale), 18 (Effect of this Chapter/Effet du présent chapitre), 19 (Consent/Consentement), 20 (Self-defence/Légitime défense), 21 (Countermeasures/Contre-mesures), 22 (Force Majeure/Force Majeure), 23 (Distress/Détresse), 24 (Necessity/État de nécessité), 25 (Compliance with peremptory norms/Respect de normes impératives), 26 (Consequences of invoking a circumstance precluding wrongfulness/Conséquences de l'invocation d'une circonstance excluant l'illicéité), 27 (Legal consequences of an internationally wrongful act/Conséquences juridiques d'un fait internationalement illicite), 28 (Continued duty of performance/Maintien du devoir d'exécuter l'obligation), 29 (Cessation and non-repetition/Cessation et non-répétition), 30 (Reparation/Réparation), 31 (Irrelevance of the rules of the organization/Non-pertinence des règles de l'organisation), 32 (Scope of international obligations set out in this Part/Portée des obligations internationales énoncées dans la présente partie), 33 (Forms of reparation/Formes de la réparation), 34 (Restitution/Restitution), 35 (Compensation/Indemnisation), 36 (Satisfaction/Satisfaction), 37 (Interest/Intérêts), 38 (Contribution to the injury/Contribution au préjudice), 39 (Ensuring the effective performance of the obligation of reparation/Mesures visant à assurer l'exécution effective de l'obligation de réparation), 40 (Application of this chapter/Application du présent chapitre), 41 (Particular consequences of a serious breach of an obligation under this chapter/Conséquences particulières d'une violation grave d'une obligation en vertu du présent chapitre), 42 (Invocation of responsibility by an injured State or international organization/Invocation de la responsabilité par un État lésé ou une organisation internationale lésée), 43 (Notice of claim by an injured State or international organization/Notification par l'État ou l'organisation internationale lésé), 44 (Admissibility of claims/Recevabilité de la demande), 45 (Loss of the right to invoke responsibility/Perte du droit d'invoquer la responsabilité), 46 (Plurality of injured States or international organizations/Pluralité d'États ou organisations internationales lésés), 47 (Plurality of responsible States or international organizations/Pluralité d'États ou organisations internationales responsables) and 48 (Invocation of responsibility by a State or an international organization other than an injured State or international organization/Invocation de la responsabilité par un État ou une organisation internationale autre qu'un État ou une organisation internationale lésé) (A/CN.4/L.748/Add.2), as amended.

WEDNESDAY, 5 August 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3032nd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3032)

  • Responsibility of international organizations
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter IV of its report on Responsibility of international organizations and adopted on first reading the remaining parts of section C including the commentary of draft articles 49 (Scope of this Part/Portée de la présente partie), 50 (Object and limits of countermeasures/Objet et limites des contre-mesures), 51 (Countermeasures by members of an international organization/Contre-mesures prises par des membres d'une organisation internationale), 52 (Obligations not affected by countermeasures/Obligations ne pouvant être affectées par des contre-mesures), 53 (Proportionality/Proportionnalité), 54 (Conditions relating to resort to countermeasures/Conditions du recours à des contre-mesures), 55 (Termination of countermeasures/Cessation des contre-mesures), 56 (Measures taken by an entity other than an injured State of international organization/Mesures prises par une entité autre que l'État ou l'organisation internationale lésé), 57 (Aid or assistance by a State in the commission of an internationally wrongful act by an international organization/Aide ou assistance d'un État dans la commission d'un fait internationalement illicite par une organisation internationale), 58 (Direction and control exercised by a State over the commission of an internationally wrongful act by an international organization/Directives données et contrôle exercé par un État dans la commision d'un fait internationalement illicite par une organisation internationale), 59 (Coercion of an international organization by a State/Contrainte exercée sur une organisation internationale par un État), 60 (Responsibility of a member State seeking to avoid compliance/Responsabilité d'un État membre qui cherche à se soustraire à ses obligations), 61 (Responsibility of a State member of an international organization for the internationally wrongful act of that organization/Responsabilité d'un État membre d'une organisation internationale à raison du fait internationalement illicite de cette organisation), 62 (Effect of this Part/Effet de la présente partie), 63 (Lex specialis), 64 (Questions of international responsibility not regulated by these articles/Questions de responsabilité internationale non régies par les présents articles), 65 (Individual responsibility/Responsabilité individuelle), 66 (Charter of the United Nations/Charte des Nations Unies) (A/CN.4/L.748/Add.1, A/CN.4/L.748/Add.2 and A/CN.4/L.748/Add.2/Corr.1), as amended.
  • Protection of persons in the event of disasters
    • The Commission adopted Chapter VII of its report on Protection of persons in the event of disasters (A/CN.4/L.751), as amended.
  • Shared natural resources
    • The Commission adopted Chapter VIII of its report on Shared natural resources (A/CN.4/L.752), as amended.

WEDNESDAY, 5 August 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3033rd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3033)

  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter V of its report on Reservations to treaties and adopted section B and a further part of section C including the commentary to draft guidelines 2.9.1 (Approval of an interpretative declaration/Approbation d'une déclaration interprétative), 2.9.2 (Opposition to an interpretative declaration/Opposition à une déclaration interprétative), 2.9.3 (Recharacterization of an interpretative declaration/Requalification d'une déclaration interprétative), 2.9.4 (Freedom to formulate approval, opposition or recharacterization/Faculté de formuler une approbation, une opposition ou une requalification), 2.9.5 (Written form of approval, opposition and recharacterization/Forme écrite de l'approbation, de l'opposition et de la requalification), 2.9.6 (Statement of reasons for approval, opposition and recharacterization/Motivation de l'approbation, de l'opposition et de la requalification), 2.9.7 (Formulation and communication of an approval, opposition or recharacterization/Formulation et communication de l'approbation, de l'opposition et de la requalification), 2.9.8 (Non-presumption of approval or opposition/Absence de présomption d'approbation ou d'opposition), 2.9.9 (Silence with respect to an interpretative declaration/Le silence à l'égard d'une déclaration interprétative), [2.9.10 Reactions to conditional interpretative declarations/Réactions aux déclarations interprétatives conditionnelles] (A/CN.4/L.749/Add.1 and A/CN.4/L.749/Add.5), as amended.

THURSDAY, 6 August 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3034th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3034)

  • Reservations to treaties
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter V of its report on Reservations to treaties and adopted the remaining parts of section C including the commentary to draft guidelines 3.2 (Assessment of the validity of reservations/Appréciation de la validité des réserves), 3.2.1 (Competence of the treaty monitoring bodies to assess the validity of reservations/Compétence des organes de contrôle de l'application de traités en matière d'appréciation de la validité d'une réserve), 3.2.2 (Specification of the competence of treaty monitoring bodies to assess the validity of reservations/Détermination de la compétence des organes de contrôle de l'application de traités en matière d'appréciation de la validité des réserves), 3.2.3 (Cooperation of States and international organizations with treaty monitoring bodies/Coopération des États et des organisations internationales avec les organes de contrôle de l'application de traités), 3.2.4 (Bodies competent to assess the validity of reservations in the event of the establishment of a treaty monitoring body/Instances compétentes pour apprécier la validité des réserves en cas de création d'un organe de contrôle de l'application d'un traité), 3.2.5 (Competence of dispute settlement bodies to assess the validity of reservations/Compétence des organes de règlement des différends pour apprécier la validité des réserves), 3.3 (Consequences of the non-validity of a reservation/Conséquences de la non-validité d'une réserve), 3.3.1 (Non-validity of reservations and international responsibility/Non-validité des réserves et responsabilité internationale). 2.8.9 (Modalities of the acceptance of a reservation to a constituent instrument/Modalités de l'acceptation d'une réserve à un acte constitutif), 2.8.10 (Acceptance of a reservation to a constituent instrument that has not yet entered into force/Acceptation d'une réserve à un acte constitutif qui n'est pas encore entré en vigueur), 2.8.11 (Reaction by a member of an international organization to a reservation to its constituent instrument/Réaction d'un membre d'une organisation internationale à une réserve à l'acte constitutif), 2.8.12 (Final nature of acceptance of a reservation/Caractère définitif de l'acceptation d'une réserve). (A/CN.4/L.749/Add.2, A/CN.4/L.749/Add.6 and A/CN.4/L.749/Add.7), as amended.
  • The obligation to extradite or prosecute (aut dedere aut judicare)
    • The Commission adopted Chapter IX of its report on The Obligation to extradite or prosecute (aut dedere aut judicare) (A/CN.4/L.753), as amended.
  • The most-favoured-nation clause
    • The Commission adopted Chapter XI of its report on The Most-Favoured-Nation clause (A/CN.4/L.755), as amended.
  • Treaties over time
    • The Commission adopted Chapter XII of its report on Treaties over time (A/CN.4/L.756), as amended.
  • Specific issues on which comment would be of particular interest to the Commission
    • The Commission adopted Chapter III of its report on Specific issues on which comments would be of particular interest to the Commission (A/CN.4/L.747, A/CN.4/L.747/Add.1), as amended.

FRIDAY, 7 August 2009
Sixty-first session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3035th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3035)

  • Other decisions and conclusions of the Commission
    • The Commission adopted Chapter XIII of its report related to the topic (A/CN.4/L.757), as amended.
  • Introduction
    • The Commission adopted Chapter I of its report related to the topic (A/CN.4/L.745), as amended.
  • Summary of the work of the Commission at its sixty-first session
    • The Commission adopted Chapter II of its report related to the topic (A/CN.4/L.746), as amended.
  • Adoption of the report
    • The Commission adopted its report of the sixty-first session as a whole and thus concluded its work for that session.