International Law Commission International Law Commission

Last update: August 14, 2019
#ILC_2019

Seventy-first Session (2019)

In accordance with General Assembly resolution 73/265 of 22 December 2018, the International Law Commission held its seventy-first session at the United Nations Office at Geneva from 29 April to 7 June and from 8 July to 9 August 2019 (11 weeks).

Topics being considered in 2019

Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction (Summary | Analytical Guide)

See also: Comments by Governments

Crimes against humanity (Summary | Analytical Guide)

See also: Comments by Governments

Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts (Summary | Analytical Guide)

Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens) (Summary | Analytical Guide)

Succession of States in respect of State responsibility (Summary | Analytical Guide)

See also: Comments by Governments

General principles of law (Summary | Analytical Guide)

Sea-level rise in relation to international law (Summary | Analytical Guide)

Cooperation with other bodies

  • The Chair of the Committee of Legal Advisers on Public International Law (CAHDI), Mr. Petr Válek, and the Head of the Council of Europe’s Public International Law Division and Secretary to the Council of Europe Committee of Legal Advisers of Public International Law (CAHDI), Ms. Marta Requena, addressed the Commission, at the 3472nd meeting, held on 31 May 2019. An exchange of views followed.
  • The President of the Inter-American Juridical Committee, Ms. Ruth Correa Palacio, addressed the Commission, at the 3477th meeting, held on 10 July 2019. An exchange of views followed.
  • The President of the International Court of Justice, Judge Abdulqawi A. Yusuf, addressed the Commission, at the 3478th meeting, held on 11 July 2019. An exchange of views followed.
  • The Secretary-General of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization, Mr. Kennedy Gastorn, addressed the Commission, at the 3485th meeting, held on 18 July 2019. An exchange of views followed.
  • The representatives of the African Union Commission on International Law, Commissioner Kathleen Quartey Ayensu and Commissioner Sindiso H. Sichone addressed the Commission, at the 3486th meeting, held on 19 July 2019. An exchange of views followed.

Other business

Video conference with the United Nations Legal Counsel

The United Nations Legal Counsel, Mr. Miguel de Serpa Soares, made a statement by video conference at the 3473rd meeting, held on 4 June 2019, 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.

Date and place of the seventy-second session

The Commission decided that its seventy-second session would be held in Geneva from 27 April to 5 June and from 6 July to 7 August 2020.