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Fourth Session (1952)


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

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A/CN.4/50 Report on Nationality, Including Statelessness by Mr. Manley O. Hudson, Special Rapporteur
A/CN.4/51 Third Report on the Regime of the High Seas by Mr. J.P.A. François, Special Rapporteur
A/CN.4/52 Provisional Agenda
A/CN.4/53 Report on the Regime of the Territorial Sea by Mr. J.P.A. François, Special Rapporteur
A/CN.4/54 + Corr.1 Third Report on the Law of Treaties — Articles Tentatively Adopted by the Commission at the Third Session with Commentary Thereon, by Mr. J.L. Brierly, Special Rapporteur
A/CN.4/55 + Add.1/Rev.1 + Add.2–6 Regime of Regime the High Seas — Comments by Governments on Draft Articles on the Continental Shelf and Related Subjects
A/CN.4/56 + Add.1 The Problem of Statelessness — Consolidated Report by the Secretary-General
A/CN.4/57 Supplementary Note to the Second Report on Arbitration Procedure by Mr. Georges Scelle, Special Rapporteur
A/CN.4/58 + Corr.1 Report of the International Law Commission on the Work of its Fourth Session, 4 June–8 August 1952, Official Records of the General Assembly, Eighth Session, Supplement No.9 (A/2456)
A/CN.4/59 Draft on Arbitral Procedure Prepared by the International Law Commission at its Fourth Session, 1952

Limited Documents

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A/CN.4/L.32 Agenda for the one hundred and thirty-fifth meeting
A/CN.4/L.33 + Add.1 + Add.2 + Add.3 + Add.4 + Add.5 + Add.6 + Add.7 + Add.8 + Add.9 Articles Tentatively Adopted as of 11 June 1952 — incorporated in the summary records of the 138th to 140th meetings
A/CN.4/L.34 Decision Taken by the Commission on 3 July 1952 — incorporated in the summary records of the 156th meeting
A/CN.4/L.35 Draft Articles Agreed Upon by the Standing Drafting Committee, with Commentaries, by Mr. Georges Scelle
A/CN.4/L.36 + Corr.1 Alternative Text for Paragraphs 5–13 of Document A/CN.4/L.35 Submitted by Mr. H.Lauterpacht — incorporated in the summary records of the 180th to 181st meetings
A/CN.4/L.37 Alternative Text for Paragraphs 5–15 of Document A/CN.4/L.3 Submitted by Mr. Georges Scelle
A/CN.4/L.38 + Add.1 + Add.2 + Add.2/Corr.1 + Add.3 + Add.3/Corr.1 + Add.5 + Add.6 + Corr.1 Draft of Report of the International Law Commission Covering the Work of its Fourth Session — Chapter I
A/CN.4/L.39 Proposal by Mr. Zourek — incorporated in paragraph 6 of the summary record of the 181st meeting

Summary Records

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A/CN.4/SR.135 Summary record of the 135th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.136 Summary record of the 136th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.137 Summary record of the 137th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.138 Summary record of the 138th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.139 Summary record of the 139th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.140 Summary record of the 140th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.141 Summary record of the 141st meeting
A/CN.4/SR.142 Summary record of the 142nd meeting
A/CN.4/SR.143 Summary record of the 143rd meeting
A/CN.4/SR.144 Summary record of the 144th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.145 Summary record of the 145th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.146 Summary record of the 146th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.147 Summary record of the 147th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.148 Summary record of the 148th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.149 Summary record of the 149th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.150 Summary record of the 150th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.151 Summary record of the 151st meeting
A/CN.4/SR.152 Summary record of the 152nd meeting
A/CN.4/SR.153 Summary record of the 153rd meeting
A/CN.4/SR.154 Summary record of the 154th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.155 Summary record of the 155th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.156 Summary record of the 156th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.157 Summary record of the 157th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.158 Summary record of the 158th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.159 Summary record of the 159th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.160 Summary record of the 160th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.161 Summary record of the 161st meeting
A/CN.4/SR.162 Summary record of the 162nd meeting
A/CN.4/SR.163 Summary record of the 163rd meeting
A/CN.4/SR.164 Summary record of the 164th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.165 Summary record of the 165th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.166 Summary record of the 166th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.167 Summary record of the 167th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.168 Summary record of the 168th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.169 Summary record of the 169th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.170 Summary record of the 170th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.171 Summary record of the 171st meeting
A/CN.4/SR.172 Summary record of the 172nd meeting
A/CN.4/SR.173 Summary record of the 173rd meeting
A/CN.4/SR.174 Summary record of the 174th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.175 Summary record of the 175th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.176 Summary record of the 176th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.177 Summary record of the 177th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.178 Summary record of the 178th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.179 Summary record of the 179th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.180 Summary record of the 180th meeting
A/CN.4/SR.181 Summary record of the 181st meeting
A/CN.4/SR.182 Summary record of the 182nd meeting
A/CN.4/SR.183 Summary record of the 183rd meeting

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