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Seventieth Session (2018)

Documents

The general and limited distribution documents of the International Law Commission (in the “A/CN.4” series) are issued, in all six official languages, as official documents of the United Nations. The Commission’s Summary Records are first made available in provisional form, in English and French only. They are subsequently edited and translated into the other official languages, and published in the Yearbook of the International Law Commission. Some of the Commission’s other documents are also later edited and published in the Yearbook, together with the Commission’s annual report to the General Assembly.

General Documents

Symbol Title
A/CN.4/707 Provisional application of treaties — Memorandum by the Secretariat (issued in 2017)
A/CN.4/709/Rev.1 Provisional agenda for the seventieth session
A/CN.4/710 Identification of customary international law: Ways and means for making the evidence of customary international law more readily available — Memorandum by the Secretariat
A/CN.4/711 Fifth report on the protection of the atmosphere, by Shinya Murase, Special Rapporteur
A/CN.4/712 + Add.1 Subsequent agreements and subsequent practice in relation to the interpretation of treaties: comments and observations received from Governments
A/CN.4/713 Topical summary of the discussion held in the Sixth Committee of the General Assembly during its seventy-second session, prepared by the Secretariat
A/CN.4/714 + Corr.1 Third report on peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens) by Dire Tladi, Special Rapporteur
A/CN.4/715 Fifth report on subsequent agreements and subsequent practice in relation to the interpretation of treaties, by Georg Nolte, Special Rapporteur
A/CN.4/716 Identification of customary international law: comments and observations received from Governments
A/CN.4/717+ Add.1 Fifth report on identification of customary international law, by Michael Wood, Special Rapporteur
A/CN.4/718 Fifth report on the provisional application of treaties, by Juan Manuel Gómez - Robledo, Special Rapporteur
A/CN.4/719 Second report on succession of States in respect of State responsibility, by Pavel Šturma, Special Rapporteur
A/CN.4/720 First report on protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts, by Marja Lehto, Special Rapporteur
A/CN.4/721 + Add.1 Filling of casual vacancies in the Commission: Note by the Secretariat

Limited Documents

Symbol Title
A/CN.4/L.907 Subsequent agreements and subsequent practice in relation to the interpretation of treaties: Text of the draft conclusions adopted by the Drafting Committee on second reading
A/CN.4/L.908 Identification of Customary International Law: Text of the draft conclusions as adopted by the Drafting Committee on second reading
A/CN.4/L.909 Protection of the Atmosphere: Texts and titles of draft guidelines and preamble adopted by the Drafting Committee on first reading
A/CN.4/L.910 Provisional application of treaties: Texts and titles of the draft guidelines adopted by the Drafting Committee on first reading
A/CN.4/L.917 Draft report: Chapter IV — Subsequent agreements and subsequent practice in relation to the interpretation of treaties
A/CN.4/L.918 Draft report: Chapter V — Identification of customary international law
A/CN.4/L.919 Draft report: Chapter VI — Protection of the atmosphere
A/CN.4/L.920 Draft report: Chapter VII — Provisional application of treaties
A/CN.4/L.922/Add.1 Draft report: Chapter IX — Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts - Addendum

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