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Sixty-ninth Session (2017)

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MONDAY, 1 May 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3348th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3348)

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  • Election of officers
    • The Commission elected Mr. Georg Nolte (Germany) as its Chairman, Mr. Eduardo Valencia-Ospina (Colombia) as the First Vice-Chair, Mr. Hussein A. Hassouna (Egypt) as Second Vice-Chair, Mr. Aniruddha Rajput (India) as Chairman of the Drafting Committee, and Mr. Bogdan Aurescu (Romania) as Rapporteur.
  • Programme of work
  • Crimes against humanity
    • The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Sean D. Murphy, introduced his third report on “Crimes against humanity” (A/CN.4/704). The Commission began its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s third report on the topic.

TUESDAY, 2 May 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3349th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3349)

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  • Crimes against humanity
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s third report on the topic (A/CN.4/704).
  • Programme, procedures, working methods of the Commission and its documentation
    • The Chairman of the Drafting Committee, Mr. Aniruddha Rajput, announced the composition of the Drafting Committee on “Provisional application of treaties” which is as follows: Chairman: Mr. Aniruddha Rajput; Special Rapporteur: Mr. Juan Manuel Gómez-Robledo; Members: Mr. Carlos J. Argüello Gómez, Ms. Patricia Galvão Teles, Mr. Claudio Grossman Guiloff, Mr. Charles Chernor Jalloh, Mr. Roman A. Kolodkin, Mr. Sean D. Murphy, Mr. Hong Thao Nguyen, Mr. Georg Nolte, Ms. Nilüfer Oral, Mr. Ki Gab Park, Mr. Pavel Šturma, Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez, Mr. Michel Wood and Mr. Bogdan Aurescu (ex officio).

WEDNESDAY, 3 May 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3350th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3350)

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  • Crimes against humanity
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s third report on the topic (A/CN.4/704).
  • Programme, procedures, working methods of the Commission and its documentation
    • The Chairman of the Planning Group, Mr. Eduardo Valencia-Ospina, announced the composition of the Planning Group which is as follows: Chairman: Mr. Eduardo Valencia-Ospina; Members: Mr. Yacouba Cissé, Ms. Concepción Escobar Hernández, Ms. Patricia Galvão Teles, Mr. Juan Manuel Gómez-Robledo, Mr. Claudio Grossman Guiloff, Mr. Hussein A. Hassouna, Mr. Mahmoud D. Hmoud, Mr. Huikang Huang, Mr. Charles Chernor Jalloh, Ms. Marja Lehto, Mr. Shinya Murase, Mr. Sean D. Murphy, Mr. Hong Thao Nguyen, Mr. Georg Nolte, Ms. Nilüfer Oral, Mr. Hassan Ouazzani Chahdi, Mr. Ki Gab Park, Mr. Aniruddha Rajput, Mr. August Reinisch, Mr. Pavel Šturma, Mr. Dire D. Tladi, Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez, Mr. Michael Wood and Mr. Bogdan Aurescu (ex officio).

THURSDAY, 4 May 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3351st meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3351)

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  • Crimes against humanity
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s third report on the topic (A/CN.4/704).

FRIDAY, 5 May 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3352nd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3352)

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  • Crimes against humanity
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s third report on the topic (A/CN.4/704).

MONDAY, 8 May 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3353rd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3353)

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  • Crimes against humanity
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s third report on the topic (A/CN.4/704).

TUESDAY, 9 May 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3354th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3354)

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  • Crimes against humanity
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s third report on the topic (A/CN.4/704). The Special Rapporteur summarized the debate of his third report. The Commission decided to refer draft articles 11 to 17 and the preamble to the Drafting Committee.
  • Programme, procedures, working methods of the Commission and its documentation
    • The Chairman of the Drafting Committee, Mr. Aniruddha Rajput, announced the composition of the Drafting Committee on “Crimes against humanity” which is as follows: Chairman: Mr. Aniruddha Rajput; Special Rapporteur: Mr. Sean D. Murphy; Members: Mr. Yacouba Cissé, Ms. Concepción Escobar Hernández, Ms. Patricia Galvão Teles, Mr. Juan Manuel Gómez-Robledo, Mr. Claudio Grossman Guiloff, Mr. Mahmoud D. Hmoud, Mr. Charles Chernor Jalloh, Ms. Marja Lehto, Mr. Roman A. Kolodkin, Mr. Georg Nolte, Ms. Nilüfer Oral, Mr. Hassan Ouazzani Chahdi, Mr. Ki Gab Park, Mr. August Reinisch, Mr. Juan José Ruda Santolaria, Mr. Gilberto V. Saboia, Mr. Dire D. Tladi, Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez, Mr. Michael Wood and Mr. Bogdan Aurescu (ex officio).
    • The Commission decided to include the topic “Succession of States in respect of State Responsibility” in the current programme of work and decided to appoint Mr. Pavel Šturma as Special Rapporteur for the topic.

WEDNESDAY, 10 May 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3355th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3355)

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  • Protection of the atmosphere
    • The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Shinya Murase, introduced his fourth report on the topic (A/CN.4/705). The Commission began its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s report.

THURSDAY, 11 May 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3356th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3356)

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  • Protection of the atmosphere
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s fourth report on the topic (A/CN.4/705).

FRIDAY, 12 May 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3357th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3357)

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  • Protection of the atmosphere
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s fourth report on the topic (A/CN.4/705).
  • Provisional application of treaties
    • The Chairman of the Drafting Committee presented the report of the Drafting Committee on “Provisional application of treaties” (A/CN.4/L.895). The Commission considered the report and adopted the following draft guidelines: 1 (Scope/Champ d’application), 2 (Purpose/Objet), 3 (General rule/Règle générale), 4 (Form/Forme), 6 (Commencement of provisional application/Prise d’effet de l’application à titre provisoire ), 7 (Legal effects of provisional application/Effets juridiques de l’application à titre provisoire), 8 (Responsibility for breach/Responsabilité en cas de violation), 9 (Termination upon notification of intention not to become a party/Extinction au moment de la notification de l’intention de ne pas devenir partie), 10 (Internal law of States or rules of international organizations and observance of provisionally applied treaties/Droit interne des États ou règles des organisations internationales et respect des traités appliqués à titre provisoire), 11 (Provisions of internal law of States or rules of international organizations regarding competence to agree on the provisional application of treaties/Dispositions du droit interne des États au règles des organisations internationales concernant la compétence de convenir de l’application à titre provisoire des traités), 12 (Agreement regarding limitations deriving from internal law of States or rules of international organizations/Accord relatif aux limites découlant du droit interne des États ou des règles des organisations internationales).
  • Programme, procedures, working methods of the Commission and its documentation
    • The Chairman of the Working Group on Provisional Application of Treaties, Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez, announced the composition of the Working Group on Provisional application of treaties which is as follows: Chairman: Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez: Special Rapporteur: Mr. Juan Manuel Gómez-Robledo; Members: Mr. Carlos J. Argüello Gómez, Mr. Yacouba Cissé, Ms. Concepción Escobar Hernández, Ms. Patricia Galvão Teles, Mr. Mahmoud D. Hmoud, Mr. Charles Chernor Jalloh, Ms. Marja Lehto, Mr. Sean D. Murphy, Mr. Hong Thao Nguyen, Mr. Georg Nolte, Ms. Nilüfer Oral, Mr. Ki Gab Park, Mr. Aniruddha Rajput, Mr. August Reinisch, Mr. Juan José Ruda Santolaria, Mr. Pavel Šturma, Mr. Michael Wood and Mr. Bogdan Aurescu (ex officio).

TUESDAY, 16 May 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3358th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3358)

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  • Protection of the atmosphere
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s fourth report on the topic (A/CN.4/705).

WEDNESDAY, 17 May 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3359th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3359)

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  • Protection of the atmosphere
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s fourth report on the topic (A/CN.4/705). The Special Rapporteur summarized the debate on his fourth report. The Commission decided to refer draft guidelines 9 to 12 to the Drafting Committee taking into account the views expressed in the Commission.

THURSDAY, 18 May 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3360th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3360)

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  • Programme, procedures, working methods of the Commission and its documentation
    • The Chairman of the Drafting Committee, Mr.Aniruddha Rajput, announced the composition of the Drafting Committee on “Protection of the atmosphere” which is as follows:  Chairman: Mr. Aniruddha Rajput; Special Rapporteur: Mr. Shinya Murase; Members: Mr. Carlos J. Argüello Gómez, Mr. Yacouba Cissé, Ms. Concepción Escobar Hernández, Ms. Patricia Galvão Teles,  Mr. Mahmoud D. Hmoud, Mr. Charles Chernor Jalloh, Ms. Marja Lehto, Mr. Hong Thao Nguyen, Mr. Georg Nolte, Ms. Nilüfer Oral, Mr. Ki Gab Park, Mr. August Reinisch, Mr. Juan José Ruda Santolaria, Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez, Mr. Michael Wood and Mr. Bogdan Aurescu (ex officio).
  • Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction
    • The Special Rapporteur on the topic “Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction”, Ms. Concepción Escobar Hernández, re-introduced her fifth report (A/CN.4/701). The Commission began its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s fifth report on the topic.

FRIDAY, 19 May 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3361st meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3361)

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  • Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/701).

TUESDAY, 23 May 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3362nd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3362)

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  • Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/701).

WEDNESDAY, 24 May 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3363rd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3363)

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  • Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/701).

FRIDAY, 26 May 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3364th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3364)

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  • Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/701).

TUESDAY, 30 May 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3365th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3365)

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  • Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/701). The Special Rapporteur summarized the debate on her fifth report. The Commission decided to refer draft article 7 to the Drafting Committee taking into account the views expressed in the Commission.
  • Programme, procedures, working methods of the Commission and its documentation
    • The Chairman of the Drafting Committee, Mr. Aniruddha Rajput, announced the composition of the Drafting Committee on “Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction” which is as follows: Chairman: Mr. Aniruddha Rajput; Special Rapporteur: Ms. Concepción Escobar Hernández; Members: Mr. Carlos J. Argüello Gómez, Mr. Yacouba Cissé, Ms. Patricia Galvão Teles, Mr. Mahmoud D. Hmoud, Mr. Charles Chernor Jalloh, Ms. Marja Lehto, Mr. Shinya Murase, Mr. Sean D. Murphy, Mr. Georg Nolte, Ms. Nilüfer Oral, Mr. Hassan Ouazzani Chahdi, Mr. Ki Gab Park, Mr. August Reinisch, Mr. Juan José Ruda Santolaria, Mr. Gilberto Vergne Saboia, Mr. Pavel Šturma, Mr. Dire D. Tladi, Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez, Mr. Michael Wood and Mr. Bogdan Aurescu (ex officio).

THURSDAY, 1 June 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3366th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3366)

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  • Crimes against humanity
    • The Chairperson of the Drafting Committee presented the report of the Drafting Committee on "Crimes against humanity" (A/CN.4/L.892 + Add.1). The Commission considered the report of the Drafting Committee on “Crimes against humanity” and provisionally adopted the draft preamble, the following draft articles, and the draft annex, on first reading: 1[1] (Scope/Champ d’application), 2 [2] (General obligation/Obligation générale), 3 [3] (Definition of crimes against humanity/Définition des crimes contre l’humanité), 4 [4] (Obligation of prevention/Obligation de prévention), 5 (Non-refoulement/Non-refoulement), 6 [5] (Criminalization under national law/Incrimination en droit interne), 7 [6] (Establishment of national jurisdiction/Établissement de la compétence nationale), 8 [7] (Investigation/Enquête), 9 [8] (Preliminary measures when an alleged offender is present/Mesures préliminaires lorsque l’auteur présumé de l’infraction se trouve sur le territoire), 10 [9] (Aut dedere aut judicare/Aut dedere aut judicare), 11 [10] (Fair treatment of the alleged offender/Traitement équitable de l’auteur présumé de l’infraction), 12 (Victims, witnesses and others/Victimes, témoins et autres personnes), 13 (Extradition/Extradition), 14 (Mutual legal assistance/Entraide judiciaire), 15 (Settlement of disputes/Règlement des différends).
  • Programme, procedures, working methods of the Commission and its documentation
    • The Chairman of the Working Group, Mr. Hussein A. Hassouna, announced the composition of the Working Group on “Methods of Work” which is as follows: Chairman: Mr. Hussein A. Hassouna; Members: Mr. Yacouba Cissé, Ms. Concepción Escobar Hernández, Ms. Patricia Galvão Teles, Mr. Claudio Grossman Guiloff, Mr. Charles Chernor Jalloh, Ms. Marja Lehto, Mr. Shinya Murase, Mr. Sean D. Murphy, Mr. Hong Thao Nguyen, Mr. Georg Nolte, Ms. Nilüfer Oral, Mr. Hassan Ouazzani Chahdi, Mr. Ki Gab Park, Mr. Aniruddha Rajput, Mr. August Reinisch, Mr. Juan José Ruda Santolaria, Mr. Pavel Šturma, Mr. Dire D. Tladi, Mr. Eduardo Valencia-Ospina, Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez, and Mr. Michael Wood.

FRIDAY, 2 June 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3367th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3367)

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  • Protection of the atmosphere
    • The Chairman of the Drafting Committee presented the report of the Drafting Committee on “Protection of the atmosphere” (A/CN.4/L.894). The Commission considered the report and provisionally adopted draft preambular paragraphs 3bis, 4bis and 6 and draft guideline 9 (Interrelationship among relevant rules/relation entre règles).

MONDAY, 3 July 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3368th meeting

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  • Jus Cogens
    • The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Dire Tladi, introduced his second report on “Jus cogens” (A/CN.4/706).

TUEDAY, 4 July 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3369th meeting

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  • Jus Cogens
    • The Commission began its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s second report on the topic (A/CN.4/706).

WEDNESDAY, 5 July 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3370th meeting

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  • Jus Cogens
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s second report on the topic (A/CN.4/706).

THURSDAY, 6 July 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3371st meeting

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  • Visit of the United Nations Legal Counsel
    • The United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, made a statement informing the Commission of the activities of the Office of Legal Affairs and recent developments of international law in the context of the United Nations. An exchange of views followed.
  • Cooperation with other bodies
    • The Chair of the Council of Europe Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI) and Director of the Legal Service of the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Ms. Päivi Kaukoranta, and the Head of Public International Law and Treaty Division and Secretary to the CAHDI of the Directorate of Legal Advice and Public International Law of the Council of Europe, Ms. Marta Requena, addressed the Commission. An exchange of views followed.

TUESDAY, 11 July 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3372nd meeting

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  • Jus Cogens
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s second report on the topic (A/CN.4/706).

WEDNESDAY, 12 July 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3373rd meeting

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  • Jus Cogens
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s second report on the topic (A/CN.4/706).

THURSDAY, 13 July 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3374th meeting

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  • Jus Cogens
    • The Special Rapporteur summed up the debate on his second report. The Commission decided to change the title of the topic to “Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens). The Commission also decided to refer draft conclusions 4 to 9 to the Drafting Committee.
  • Programme, procedures, working methods of the Commission and its documentation
    • The Chairman of the Drafting Committee, Mr. Aniruddha Rajput, announced the composition of the Drafting Committee on “Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)” which is as follows: Chairman: Mr. Aniruddha Rajput; Special Rapporteur: Mr. Dire Tladi; Members: Mr. Yacouba Cissé, Ms. Concepción Escobar Hernández, Ms. Patricia Galvão Teles, Mr. Juan Manuel Gómez-Robledo, Mr. Claudio Grossman Guiloff, Mr. Mahmoud D. Hmoud, Mr. Charles Chernor Jalloh, Mr. Roman A. Kolodkin, Ms. Marja Lehto, Mr. Shinya Murase, Mr. Sean D. Murphy, Mr. Hong Thao Nguyen, Mr. Georg Nolte, Mr. Hassan Ouazzani Chahdi, Mr. Ki Gab Park, Mr. August Reinisch, Mr. Juan José Ruda Santolaria, Mr. Gilberto Vergne Saboia, Mr. Pavel Šturma, Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez, Mr. Michael Wood and Mr. Bogdan Aurescu (ex officio).
  • Succession of States in respect of State responsibility
    • The Special Rapportuer, Mr. Pavel Šturma, introduced his first report on the topic (A/CN.4/708). The Commission began its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s report.

FRIDAY, 14 July 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3375th meeting

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  • Succession of States in respect of State responsibility
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s first report on the topic (A/CN.4/708).
  • Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts
    • The Commission decided to establish a Working Group on the topic “Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts” and appointed Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez as Chairman of the Working Group.

TUESDAY, 18 July 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3376th meeting

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  • Succession of States in respect of State responsibility
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s first report on the topic (A/CN.4/708).
  • Cooperation with other bodies
    • The representatives of the African Union Commission on International Law, Ambassador Juliet Kalema and Professor Hajer Gueldich addressed the Commission. An exchange of views followed.

WEDNESDAY, 19 July 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3377th meeting

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  • Crimes against humanity
    • The Chairman of the Drafting Committee presented a further report of the Drafting Committee on “Crimes against humanity” (A/CN.4/L.892/Add.1). The Commission considered the report and provisionally adopted draft article 6 [5] (Criminalization under national law/Incrimination en droit interne).
  • Succession of States in respect of State responsibility
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s first report on the topic (A/CN.4/708).
  • Cooperation with other bodies
    • The Secretary-General of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization, Professor Kennedy Gastorn, addressed the Commission. An exchange of views followed.

THURSDAY, 20 July 2017
Sixty-ninth session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3378th meeting

  • Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction
    • The Chairman of the Drafting Committee presented the report of the Drafting Committee on “Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction” (A/CN.4/L.893).  The Commission considered the report and provisionally adopted, by a recorded vote, the footnotes to Part Two Immunity ratione personae and to Part Three Immunity ratione materiae, draft article 7 (Crimes under international law in respect of which immunity ratione materiae shall not apply/Crimes de droit international à l’égard desquels l’immunité ratione materiae n s’applique pas) and the Annex.
  • Succession of States in respect of State responsibility
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s first report on the topic (A/CN.4/708).