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Seventy-third Session (2022)

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TUESDAY, 19 April 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3564th meeting  (A/CN.4/SR.3564)

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  • Election of officers
    • The Commission elected Mr. Dire Tladi (South Africa) as its Chair, Mr. Michael Wood (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland) as the First Vice-Chair, Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez  (Ecuador) as Second Vice-Chair, Mr. Ki Gab Park (Republic of Korea) as Chair of the Drafting Committee, and Mr. Pavel Šturma (Czech Republic) as Rapporteur.
  • Programme of work
  • Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)
    • The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Dire Tladi, introduced his fifth report on “Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)” (A/CN.4/747). The Commission began its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s fifth report on the topic.
  • Programme, procedures, working methods of the Commission and its documentation
    • The Chair of the Drafting Committee, Mr. Ki Gab Park, announced the composition of the Drafting Committee on “Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction” which is as follows:  Chair: Mr. Ki Gab Park; Special Rapporteur: Ms. Concepción Escobar Hernández; Members: Mr. Bogdan Aurescu, Mr. Mathias Forteau, Ms. Patricia Galvão Teles, Mr. Claudio Grossman, Mr. Mahmoud D. Hmoud, Mr. Charles Chernor Jalloh, Ms. Marja Lehto, Mr. Sean D. Murphy,  Ms. Nilüfer Oral, Mr. Hassan Ouazzani Chahdi, Mr. Ernest Petrič, Mr. Aniruddha Rajput, Mr. August Reinisch, Mr. Juan José Ruda Santolaria, Mr. Gilberto Vergne Saboia, Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez, Mr. Michael Wood and Mr. Pavel Šturma (ex officio).

WEDNESDAY, 20 April 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3565th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3565)

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  • Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/747).

THURSDAY, 21 April 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3566th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3566)

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  • Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/747).

FRIDAY, 22 April 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3567th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3567)

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  • Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/747).

TUESDAY, 26 April 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3568th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3568)

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  • Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/747).

WEDNESDAY, 27 April 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3569th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3569)

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  • Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/747). The Special Rapporteur summed up the debate on his fifth report.
  • Programme, procedures, working methods of the Commission and its documentation
    • The Chair of the Drafting Committee, Mr. Ki Gab Park, announced the composition of the Drafting Committee on “Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)”, which is as follows: Chair: Mr. Ki Gab Park; Special Rapporteur: Mr. Dire Tladi; Members: Mr. Carlos J. Argüello Gómez, Mr. Yacouba Cissé, Mr. Mathias Forteau, Ms. Patricia Galvão Teles, Mr. Claudio Grossman Guiloff, Mr. Mahmoud D. Hmoud, Mr. Charles Chernor Jalloh, Mr. Sean D. Murphy, Mr. Hong Thao Nguyen, Ms. Nilüfer Oral, Mr. Ernest Petrič, Mr. Aniruddha Rajput, Mr. August Reinisch, Mr. Juan José Ruda Santolaria, Mr. Gilberto Vergne Saboia, Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez, Mr. Michael Wood and Mr. Pavel Šturma (ex officio).

WEDNESDAY, 27 April 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3570th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3570)

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  • Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)
    • The Commission decided to refer the text of the draft conclusions on “Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)”, and annex, as contained in the Special Rapporteur’s fifth report, taking into account the comments and observations made during the debate.

THURSDAY, 28 April 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3571st meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3571)

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  • Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts
    • The Special Rapporteur, Ms. Marja Lehto, introduced her third report on “Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts” (A/CN.4/750 + Corr.1). The Commission began its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s third report on the topic.

FRIDAY, 29 April 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3572nd meeting  (A/CN.4/SR.3572)

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  • Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s third report on the topic (A/CN.4/750 + Corr.1).

TUESDAY, 3 May 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3573rd meeting  (A/CN.4/SR.3573)

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  • Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s third report on the topic (A/CN.4/750 + Corr.1).

WEDNESDAY, 4 May 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3574th meeting  (A/CN.4/SR.3574)

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  • Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s third report on the topic (A/CN.4/750 + Corr.1).

THURSDAY, 5 May 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3575th meeting  (A/CN.4/SR.3575)

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  • Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s third report on the topic (A/CN.4/750 + Corr.1).

FRIDAY, 6 May 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3576th meeting  (A/CN.4/SR.3576)

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  • Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s third report on the topic (A/CN.4/750 + Corr.1).

TUESDAY, 10 May 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3577th meeting  (A/CN.4/SR.3577)

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  • Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s third report on the topic (A/CN.4/750 + Corr.1). The Special Rapporteur summed up the debate on her third report.
  • Programme, procedures, working methods of the Commission and its documentation
    • The Chair of the Drafting Committee, Mr. Ki Gab Park, announced the composition of the Drafting Committee on “Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts”, which is as follows: Chair: Mr. Ki Gab Park; Special Rapporteur: Ms. Marja Lehto: Members: Ms. Concepción Escobar Hernández, Mr. Mathias Forteau, Ms. Patricia Galvão Teles, Mr. Claudio Grossman Guiloff, Mr. Mahmoud D. Hmoud, Mr. Charles Chernor Jalloh, Mr. Sean D. Murphy, Mr. Hong Thao Nguyen, Ms. Nilüfer Oral, Mr. Aniruddha Rajput, Mr. Juan José Ruda Santolaria, Mr. GilbertoVergne Saboia,  Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez, Mr. Michael Wood and Mr. Pavel Šturma (ex officio).
    • The Chair of the Drafting Committee, Mr. Ki Gab Park, also announced the composition of the Drafting Committee on “Succession of States in respect of State responsibility”, which is as follows: Chair: Mr. Ki Gab Park; Special Rapporteur: Mr. Pavel Šturma; Members: Carlos J. Argüello Gómez, Mr. Charles Chernor Jalloh, Mr. Sean D. Murphy, Mr. Hong Thao Nguyen, Mr. Ernest Petrič, Mr. Aniruddha Rajput, Mr. August Reinisch, Mr. Juan José Ruda Santolaria, Mr. Michael Wood and Mr. Pavel Šturma (ex officio).

TUESDAY, 10 May 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3578th meeting  (A/CN.4/SR.3578)

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  • Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts
    • The Commission decided to refer the text of the draft principles and of the draft preamble on “Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts”, as contained in the Special Rapporteur’s third report taking into account the comments and observations made during the debate.
  • Programme, procedures, working methods of the Commission and its documentation
    • The Commission decided to move to 3-hour meetings while retaining Zoom for the remainder of the first part of the session.

WEDNESDAY, 11 May 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3579th meeting  (A/CN.4/SR.3579)

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  • Succession of States in respect of State responsibility
    • The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Pavel Šturma, introduced his fifth report on “Succession of States in respect of State responsibility” (A/CN.4/751).  The Commission began its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s fifth report on the topic.

THURSDAY, 12 May 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3580th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3580)

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  • Succession of States in respect of State responsibility
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/751). 

FRIDAY, 13 May 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3581st meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3581)

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  • Succession of States in respect of State responsibility
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/751). 
  • Programme, procedures, working methods of the Commission and its documentation
    • The Commission adopted a revised programme of work for the remainder of the first part of the session.

TUESDAY, 17 May 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3582nd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3582)

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  • Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)
    • The Chair of the Drafting Committee presented the report of the Drafting Committee on “Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens) (A/CN.4/L.967).  The Commission considered the report and adopted the text of the following draft conclusions and annex and the title on second reading: 1 (Scope/Objet), 2 [3] (Nature of peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)/Nature des normes impératives du droit international général (jus cogens)), 3 [2] (Definition of a peremptory norm of general international law (jus cogens)/Définition d’une norme impérative du droit international général (jus cogens)), 4 (Criteria for the identification of peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)/Critères pour la détermination d’une norme impérative du droit international général (jus cogens)), 5 (Bases for peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)/Fondements des normes impératives du droit international général (jus cogens)), 6 (Acceptance and recognition/Acceptation et reconnaissance), 7 (International community of States as a whole/Communauté internationale des États dans son ensemble), 8 (Evidence of acceptance and recognition/Preuve de l’acceptation et de la reconnaissance), 9 (Subsidiary means for the determination of the peremptory character of norms of general international law/Moyens auxiliaires de détermination du caractère impératif des normes du droit international général), 10 (Treaties conflicting with a peremptory norm of general international law (jus cogens)/Traités en conflit avec une norme impérative du droit international général (jus cogens)), 11 (Separability of treaty provisions conflicting with a peremptory norm of general international law (jus cogens)/Divisibilité des dispositions d’un traité en conflit avec une norme impérative du droit international général (jus cogens)), 12 (Consequences of the invalidity and termination of treaties conflicting with a peremptory norm of general international law (jus cogens)/Conséquences de la nullité et de l’extinction des traités en conflit avec une norme impérative du droit international général (jus cogens)), 13 (Absence of effect of reservations to treaties on peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)/Absence d’effet des réserves aux traités sur les normes impératives du droit international général (jus cogens)), 14 (Rules of customary international law conflicting with a peremptory norm of general international law (jus cogens)/Règles de droit international coutumier en conflit avec une norme impérative du droit international général (jus cogens)), 15 (Obligations created by unilateral acts of States conflicting with a peremptory norm of general international law (jus cogens)/Obligations créées par des actes unilatéraux d’États en conflit avec une norme impérative du droit international général (jus cogens)), 16 (Obligations created by resolutions, decisions or other acts of international organizations conflicting with a peremptory norm of general international law (jus cogens)/Obligations créées par des résolutions, décisions ou autres actes d’organisations internationales en conflit avec une norme impérative du droit international général (jus cogens)), 17 (Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens) as obligations owed to the international community as a whole (obligations erga omnes)/Normes impératives du droit international général (jus cogens) en tant qu’obligations dues à la communauté internationale dans son ensemble (obligations erga omnes)), 18 (Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens) and circumstances precluding wrongfulness/Normes impératives du droit international général (jus cogens) et circonstances excluant l’illicéité), 19 (Particular consequences of serious breaches of peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)/Conséquences particulières des violations graves des normes impératives du droit international général (jus cogens)), 20 (Interpretation and application consistent with peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)/Interprétation et application conformes aux normes impératives du droit international général (jus cogens)), 21 (Recommended procedure/Procédure recommandée), 22 (Without prejudice to consequences that specific peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens) may otherwise enthail/Sans préjudice des conséquences que des normes impératives spécifiques du droit international général (jus cogens) peuvent autrement entraîner), 23 (Non-exhaustive list/Liste non exhaustive) and annex.
  • Succession of States in respect of State responsibility
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/751). The Special Rapporteur started to sum up the debate on his fifth report.

TUESDAY, 17 May 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3583rd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3583)

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  • Succession of States in respect of State responsibility
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s fifth report on the topic (A/CN.4/751).  The Special Rapporteur continued to sum up the debate on his fifth report.  The Commission decided in principle to change the form of the work on the topic from draft articles to draft guidelines.
  • Programme, procedures, working methods of the Commission and its documentation
    • The Co-Chair of the Study Group on “Sea level rise in relation to international law”, Ms. Patrícia Galvāo Teles, announced the composition of the Study Group on “Sea level rise in relation to international law”, which is as follows: Co-Chairs: Mr. Bogdan Aurescu, Mr. Yacouba Cissé, Ms. Patrícia Galvāo Teles, Ms. Nilüfer Oral and Mr. Juan José Ruda Santolaria; Members: Mr. Carlos J. Argüello Gómez, Ms. Concepción Escobar Hernández, Mr. Mathias Forteau, Mr. Claudio Grossman Guiloff, Mr. Hussein Hassouna, Mr. Mahmoud D. Hmoud, Mr. Charles Chernor Jalloh, Mr. Ahmed Laraba, Ms. Marja Lehto, Mr. Shinya Murase, Mr. Sean D. Murphy, Mr. Hong Thao Nguyen, Mr. Hassan Ouazzani Chahdi, Mr. Ki Gab Park, Mr. Aniruddha Rajput, Mr. August Reinisch, Mr. Gilberto Vergne Saboia, Mr. Dire Tladi, Mr. Eduardo Valencia-Ospina, Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez, Mr. Michael Wood, Mr. Evgeny Zagaynov and Mr. Pavel Šturma (ex officio).
    • The Commission decided to include the topics “Settlement of international disputes to which international organizations are parties” in its programme of work and to appoint Mr. August Reinisch as Special Rapporteur. 
    • The Commission decided to include the topics “Prevention and repression of piracy and armed robbery at sea” in its programme of work and to appoint Mr. Yacouba Cissé as Special Rapporteur. 
    • The Commission decided to include the topics “Subsidiary means for the determination of rules of international law” in its programme of work and to appoint Mr. Charles Chernor Jalloh as Special Rapporteur. 

FRIDAY, 27 May 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3584th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3584)

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  • Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts
    • The Chair of the Drafting Committee presented the report of the Drafting Committee on “Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts” (A/CN.4/L.968). The Commission considered the report and adopted the texts and titles of the preamble and of the following draft principles on second reading: 1 (Scope/Champ d’application), 2 (Purpose/Objet), 3 (Measures to enhance the protection of the environment/Mesures visant à améliorer la protection de l’environnement), 4 (Designation of protected zones/ Déclaration de zones protégées), 5 (Protection of the environment of indigenous peoples/Protection de l’environnement des peuples autochtones), 6 (Agreements concerning the presence of military forces/Accords relatifs à la présence de forces militaires), 7 (Peace operations/ Opérations de paix), 8 (Human displacement/Déplacements de population), 9 (State responsibility/ Responsabilité des États), 10 (Due diligence by business enterprises/ Devoir de diligence des entreprises), 11 (Liability of business enterprises/Responsabilité des entreprises), 12 (Martens Clause with respect to the protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts/Clause de Martens en matière de protection de l’environnement en rapport avec un conflit armé), 13 (General Protection of the environment during armed conflict/Protection générale de l’environnement pendant un conflit armé), 14 (Application of the law of armed conflict to the environment/Application du droit des conflits armés à l’environnement), 15 [16] Prohibition of reprisals/ Interdiction des représailles), 16 [18] (Prohibition of pillage/ Interdiction du pillage), 17 [19] (Environmental modification techniques/ Techniques de modification de l’environnement), 18 [17] (Protected zones/ Zones protégées), 19 [20] (General environmental obligations of an Occupying Power/ Obligations générales de la Puissance occupante relatives à l’environnement), 20 [21] (Sustainable use of natural resources/ Utilisation durable des ressources naturelles), 21 [22] (Prevention of transboundary harm/ Prévention des dommages transfrontières), 22 [23] (Peace processes/ Processus de paix), 23[24] (Sharing and granting access to information/ Échange et mise à disposition d’informations), 24 [25] (Post-armed conflict environmental assessments and remedial measures/ Évaluations de l’environnement et mesures correctives après un conflit armé), 25 [26] (Relief and assistance/ Secours et assistance 26 [27] Remnants of war/Restes de guerre) and 27 [28] (Remnants of war at sea/Restes de guerre immergés en mer).
  • Programme, procedures, working methods of the Commission and its documentation
    • The Chair of the Planning Group, Mr. Michael Wood, announced the composition of the Planning Group, which is as follows: Chair: Mr. Michael Wood; Members: Mr. Carlos J. Argüello Gómez, Mr. Yacouba Cissé, Ms. Concepción Escobar Hernández, Mr. Mathias Forteau, Mr. Patricia Galvão Teles, Mr. Claudio Grossman Guiloff, Mr. Hussein Hassouna, Mr. Mahmoud D. Hmoud, Mr. Huikang Huang, Mr. Charles Chernor Jalloh, Mr. Ahmed Laraba, Ms. Marja Lehto, Mr. Shinya Murase, Mr. Sean D. Murphy, Mr. Hong Thao Nguyen, Ms. Nilüfer Oral, Mr. Hassan Ouazzani Chahdi, Mr. Ki Gab Park, Mr. Ernest Petrič, Mr. Aniruddha Rajput, Mr. August Reinisch, Mr. Juan José Ruda Santolaria, Mr. Gilberto Vergne Saboia, Mr. Dire Tladi, Mr. Eduardo Valencia-Ospina, Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez, Mr. Amos S. Wako, Mr. Evgeny Zagaynov and Mr. Pavel Šturma (ex officio).

WEDNESDAY, 1 June 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3585th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3585)

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  • Visit of the President of the International Court of Justice via Zoom
    • The President of the International Court of Justice, Judge Joan E. Donoghue, addressed the Commission via Zoom. An exchange of views followed.
  • General principles of law
    • The Commission adopted the text and title of draft conclusion 5 on the topic "General principles of law" (Determination of the existence of a principle common to the various legal systems of the world/Détermination de l’existence d’un principe commun aux différents systèmes juridiques du monde) as contained in documents A/CN.4/L.955/Add.1 and A/CN.4/L.955/Add.1/Corr.1 (Spanish only).

FRIDAY, 3 June 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3586th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3586)

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  • Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction
    • The Chair of the Drafting Committee presented the report of the Drafting Committee on “Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction” (A/CN.4/L.969). The Commission considered the report and adopted the texts and titles of the following draft articles on “Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction” on first reading: 1 (Scope of the present draft articles/ Champ d’application du présent projet d’articles), 2  (Definitions/ Définitions), 3 (Persons enjoying immunity ratione personae/ Bénéficiaires de l’immunité ratione personae), 4 (Scope of immunity ratione personae/ Portée de l’immunité ratione personae), 5 (Persons enjoying immunity ratione materiae/Bénéficiaires de l’immunité ratione materiae), 6 (Scope of immunity ratione materiae/ Portée de l’immunité ratione materiae),  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 ne s’applique pas) 8 [8 ante] (Application of Part Four/ Application de la quatrième partie), 9 [8] (Examination of immunity by the forum State/ Examen de la question de l’immunité par l’État du for), 10 [9] (Notification to the State of the official/ Notification à l’État du représentant), 11 [10] (Invocation of immunity/ Invocation de l’immunité), 12 [11] (Waiver of immunity/ Renonciation à l’immunité), 13 [12] (Requests for information/ Demandes d’informations), 14 (Determination of immunity/Détermination de l’immunité), 15 (Transfer of the criminal proceedings/ Transfert des poursuites pénales), 16 (Fair treatment of the State official/ Traitement équitable du représentant de l’État), 17 (Consultations/ Consultations) and 18 (Settlement of disputes/ Règlement des différends) [as amended].

MONDAY, 4 July 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3587th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3587)

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  • General principles of law
    • The Special Rapporteur, Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez, introduced his third report on “General principles of law” (A/CN.4/753). The Commission began its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s third report on the topic.

TUESDAY, 5 July 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3588th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3588)

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  • Visit of the Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and United Nations Legal Counsel
    • The Under-Secretary-General for Legal Affairs and 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.
  • General principles of law
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s third report on the topic (A/CN.4/753).

WEDNESDAY, 6 July 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3589th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3589)

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  • General principles of law
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s third report on the topic (A/CN.4/753).

THURSDAY, 7 July 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3590th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3590)

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  • General principles of law
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s third report on the topic (A/CN.4/753).

FRIDAY, 8 July 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3591st meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3591)

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  • General principles of law
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s third report on the topic (A/CN.4/753).

TUESDAY, 12 July 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3592nd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3592)

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  • General principles of law
    • The Commission continued its consideration of the Special Rapporteur’s third report on the topic (A/CN.4/753). The Special Rapporteur summed up the debate on his third report. The Commission decided to refer draft guidelines 10 to 14 to the Drafting Committee.
  • Programme, procedures, working methods of the Commission and its documentation
    • The Chair of the Drafting Committee, Mr. Ki Gab Park, announced the composition of the Drafting Committee on “General principles of law”, which is as follows: Chair: Mr. Ki Gab Park; Special Rapporteur: Mr. Marcelo Vázquez-Bermúdez; Members: Mr. Carlos J. Argüello Gómez, Mr. Yacouba Cissé, Ms. Concepción Escobar Hernández, Mr. Mathias Forteau, Mr. Juan Manuel Gómez Robledo, Mr. Claudio Grossman Guiloff, Mr. Mahmoud D. Hmoud, Mr. Huikang Huang, Mr. Charles Chernor Jalloh, Ms. Marja Lehto, Mr. Sean D. Murphy, Ms. Nilüfer Oral, Mr. Hassan Ouazzani Chahdi, Mr. Ernest Petrič, Mr. August Reinisch, Mr. Juan José Ruda Santolaria, Mr. Dire Tladi, Sir Michael Wood, Mr. Evgeny Zagaynov and Mr. Pavel Šturma (ex officio).

THURSDAY, 14 July 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3593rd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3593)

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  • Succession of States in respect of State responsibility
    • The Chair of the Drafting Committee presented the report of the Drafting Committee on “Succession of States in respect of State responsibility” (A/CN.4/L.970). The Commission considered the report and adopted the text of the following draft guidelines on “Succession of States in respect of State responsibility: 6 (No effect upon attribution/ Absence d’effet sur l’attribution), 7 bis (Composite acts/ Faits composites), 10 (Uniting of States/ Unification d’États), 10 bis (Incorporation of a State into another State/ Incorporation d’un État dans un autre État), 11 (Dissolution of a State/ Dissolution d’un État), 12 (Cases of succession of States when the predecessor State continues to exist/ Cas de succession d’États dans lesquels l’État prédécesseur continue d’exister), 13 (Uniting of States/ Unification d’États), 13 bis (Incorporation of a State into another State/ Incorporation d’un État dans un autre État), 14 (Dissolution of a State/ Dissolution d’un État), 15 (Diplomatic protection/ Protection diplomatique) and 15 bis (Cessation and non-repetition/ Cessation et non-répétition). The Commission took note of draft guidelines 1, 2, 5, 7, 8 and 9, provisionally adopted by the Drafting Committee.

THURSDAY, 21 July 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3594th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3594)

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  • Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)
    • The Commission began consideration of Chapter IV on “Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)" and adopted sections A, B and part of section E (A/CN.4/L.960 + Add.1), as amended.

FRIDAY, 22 July 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3595th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3595)

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  • Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)
    • The Commission continued its consideration of Chapter IV on “Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)" and adopted a further part of Section E, including the commentary to draft conclusion 1 (Scope/Objet) and 2 (Nature of peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)/Nature des normes impératives du droit international général (jus cogens)), (A/CN.4/L.960 + Add.1), as amended.

MONDAY, 25 July 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3596th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3596)

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  • Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter IV on “Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens) and adopted a further part of Section E, including the commentary to draft conclusions 3 (Definition of a peremptory norm of general international law (jus cogens)/Définition d’une norme impérative du droit international général (jus cogens)), 4 (Criteria for the identification of a peremptory norm of general international law (jus cogens)/Critères pour la détermination d’une norme impérative du droit international général (jus cogens)), 5 (Bases for peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)/ Fondements des normes impératives du droit international général (jus cogens)), 6 (Acceptance and recognition/Acceptation et reconnaissance), 7 (International community of States as a whole/Communauté internationale des États dans son ensemble), 8 (Evidence of acceptance and recognition/Preuve de l’acceptation et de la reconnaissance), 9 (Subsidiary means for the determination of the peremptory character of norms of general international law/Moyens auxiliaires de détermination des normes du droit international général) and 10 (Treaties conflicting with a peremptory norm of general international law (jus cogens)/Traités en conflit avec une norme impérative du droit international général (jus cogens)) (A/CN.4/L.960 + Add.1), as amended.

MONDAY, 25 July 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3597th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3597)

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  • Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter IV on “Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens) and adopted a further part of Section E, including the commentary to draft conclusions 11 (Separability of treaty provisions conflicting with a peremptory norm of general international law (jus cogens)/Divisibilité des dispositions d’un traité en conflit avec une norme impérative du droit international général (jus cogens)), 12 (Consequences of the invalidity and termination of treaties conflicting with a peremptory norm of general international law (jus cogens)/ Conséquences de la nullité et de l’extinction des traités en conflit avec une norme impérative du droit international général (jus cogens)), 13 (Absence of effect of reservations to treaties on peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)/Absence d’effet des réserves aux traités sur les normes impératives du droit international général (jus cogens), 14 (Rules of customary international law conflicting with a peremptory norm of general international law (jus cogens)/Règles de droit international coutumier en conflit avec une norme impérative du droit international général (jus cogens) and 15 (Obligations created by unilateral acts of States conflicting with a peremptory norm of general international law (jus cogens)/Obligations créées par des actes unilatéraux des États en conflit avec une norme impérative du droit international général (jus cogens)), (A/CN.4/L.960 + Add.1), as amended.

TUESDAY, 26 July 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3598th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3598)

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  • Oral report of the Planning Group
    • The Chair of the Planning Group, Sir Michael Wood, presented the oral report of the Planning Group. The Commission took note of the oral report.
  • Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter IV on “Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens) and adopted a further part of Section E, including the commentary to draft conclusions 16 (Obligations created by resolutions, decisions or other acts of international organizations conflicting with a peremptory norm of general international law (jus cogens)/Obligations créées par des résolutions, décisions ou autres actes des organisations internationales en conflit avec une norme impérative du droit international général (jus cogens)), 17 (Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens) as obligations owed to the international community as a whole (obligations erga omnes)/Normes impératives du droit international général (jus cogens) en tant qu’obligations à l’égard de la communauté internationale dans sans ensemble (obligations erga omnes)) and 18 (Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens) and circumstances precluding wrongfulness/Normes impératives du droit international général (jus cogens) et circonstances excluant l’illicéité),
      (A/CN.4/L.960 + Add.1), as amended.

TUESDAY, 26 July 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3599th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3599)

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  • Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter IV on “Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens) and adopted a further part of Section E, including part of the commentary to draft conclusion 19 (Particular consequences of serious breaches of peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)/Conséquences particulières des violations graves des normes impératives du droit international général (jus cogens)) (A/CN.4/L.960 + Add.1), as amended.

WEDNESDAY, 27 July 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3600th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3600)

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  • Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter IV on “Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens) and adopted a further part of Section E, including a further part of the commentary to draft conclusion 19 (Particular consequences of serious breaches of peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)/Conséquences particulières des violations graves des normes impératives du droit international général (jus cogens)) and the commentary to draft conclusions 20 (Interpretation and application consistent with peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)/Interprétation et application conformes aux normes impératives du droit international général (jus cogens)), 21 (Recommended procedure/Procédure recommandée), 22 (Without prejudice to consequences that specific peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens) may otherwise entail/Sans préjudice des conséquences que des normes impératives spécifiques du droit international général (jus cogens) peuvent autrement entraîner), 23 (Non-exhaustive list/Liste non exhaustive) and annex (A/CN.4/L.960 + Add.1), as amended.

WEDNESDAY, 27 July 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3601st meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3601)

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  • Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter IV on “Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens) and adopted the remaining part of Section E, including the remaining part of the commentary to draft conclusion 19 (Particular consequences of serious breaches of peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens)/Conséquences particulières des violations graves des normes impératives du droit international général (jus cogens)) and sections C and D (A/CN.4/L.960 + Add.1), as amended.

THURSDAY, 28 July 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3602nd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3602)

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  • Sea-level rise in relation to international law
    • The Co-Chair of the Study Group on “Sea-level rise in relation to international law”, Ms. Patrícia Galvāo Teles, presented the oral report of the Study Group.  The Commission took note of the oral report.
  • Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts
    • The Commission began consideration of Chapter V on “Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts” and adopted sections A, B and part of section E, including the commentary to the preamble and draft principles 1 (Scope/Champ d’application), 2 (Purpose/Objet), 3 (Measures to enhance the protection of the environment/Mesures visant à améliorer la protection de l’environnement), 4 (Designation of protected zones/Déclaration de zones protégées), 5 (Protection of the environment of indigenous peoples/Protection de l’environnement des peuples autochtones), 6 (Agreements concerning the presence of military forces/Accords relatifs à la présence de forces militaires), 7 (Peace operations/Opérations de paix) and 8 (Human displacement/Déplacements de population), (A/CN.4/L.961 + Add.1), as amended.

THURSDAY, 28 July 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3603rd meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3603)

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  • Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter V on “Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts” and a further part of section E, including the commentary to draft principles 9 (State responsibility/Responsabilité des États), 10 (Due diligence by business enterprises/Devoir de diligence des entreprises), 11 (Liability of business enterprises/Responsabilité des entreprises) and 12 (Martens Clause with respect to the protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts/Clause de Martens en matière de protection de l’environnement en rapport avec les conflits armés) (A/CN.4/L.961 + Add.1), as amended.

FRIDAY, 29 July 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3604th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3604)

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  • Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter V on “Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts” and adopted part of section E, including the commentary to draft principles 13 (General protection of the environment during armed conflict/Protection générale de l’environnement pendant un conflit armé), 14 (Application of the law of armed conflict to the environment/Application du droit des conflits armés à l’environnement), 15 (Prohibition of reprisals/Interdiction des représailles), 16 (Prohibition of pillage/Interdiction du pillage), 17 (Environmental modification techniques/Techniques de modification de l’environnement), 18 (Protected zones/Zones protégées), 19 (General environmental obligations of an Occupying Power/Obligations générales de la Puissance occupante relatives à l’environnement) and 20 (Sustainable use of natural resources/Utilisation durable des ressources naturelles), (A/CN.4/L.961 + Add.1), as amended.

FRIDAY, 29 July 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3605th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3605)

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  • General principles of law
    • The Chair of the Drafting Committee presented the report of the Drafting Committee on “General principles of law” (A/CN.4/L.971).  The Commission considered the report and adopted draft conclusions 3 (Categories of general principles of law/Catégories de principes généraux du droit) and 7 (Identification of general principles of law formed within the international legal system/Détermination des principes généraux du droit formés dans le cadre du système juridique international).  The Commission took note of draft conclusions 6, 8, 9, 10 and 11 as contained in document A/CN.4/L.971.
  • Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction
    • The Commission began consideration of Chapter VI on “Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction” and adopted sections A, part of section B, and part of section C, (A/CN.4/L.962 + Add.1), as amended.
  • General principles of law
    • The Commission began consideration of Chapter VIII on “General principles of law” and adopted part of section C, including the commentary to draft conclusion 5 (Determination of the existence of a principle common to the various legal systems of the world/Détermination de l’existence d’un principe commun aux différents systèmes juridiques du monde) (A/CN.4/L.964 + Add.1 + Add.2), as amended.
  • Succession of States in respect of State responsibility
    • The Commission began consideration of Chapter VII on “Succession of States in respect of State responsibility” and adopted section A and part of section B, (A/CN.4/L.963 + Add.1 + Add.2 + Add.3), as amended.

TUESDAY, 2 August 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3606th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3606)

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  • Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter V on “Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts” and adopted the remaining part of section E, including the commentary to draft principles 21 (Prevention of transboundary harm/Prévention des dommages transfrontières), 22 (Peace processes/Processus de paix), 23 (Sharing and granting access to information/Échange et mise à disposition d’informations), 24 (Post-armed conflict environmental assessments and remedial measures/Évaluations environnementales et mesures correctives après un conflit armé), 25 (Relief and assistance/Secours et assistance), 26 (Remnants of war/Restes de guerre) and 27 (Remnants of war at sea/Restes de guerre immergés en mer), and sections C and D (A/CN.4/L.961 + Add.1), as amended.
  • Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter VI on “Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction” and adopted a further part of section E, including the general commentary (A/CN.4/L.962 + Add.1), as amended.

TUESDAY, 2 August 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3607th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3607)

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  • Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter VI on “Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction” and adopted a further part of section E, including the commentary to draft articles 1 (Scope of the present draft articles/Champ d’application du présent projet d’articles), 2 (Definitions/Définitions), 3 (Persons enjoying immunity ratione personae/Bénéficiaires de l’immunité ratione personae) and 4 (Scope of immunity ratione personae/Portée de l’immunité ratione personae), (A/CN.4/L.962 + Add.1), as amended.

WEDNESDAY, 3 August 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3608th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3608)

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  • Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter VI on “Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction” and adopted a further part of section E, including the commentary to draft articles 5 (Persons enjoying immunity ratione materiae/Bénéficiaires de l’immunité ratione materiae), 6 (Scope of immunity ratione materiae/Portée de l’immunité ratione materiae), 8 (Application of Part Four/Application de la quatrième partie), 9 (Examination of immunity by the forum State/Examen de la question de l’immunité par l’État du for), 10 (Notification to the State of the official/Notification à l’État du représentant), 11 (Invocation of immunity/Invocation de l’immunité), 12 (Waiver of immunity/Renonciation à l’immunité), 13 (Requests for information/Demandes d’informations), 14 (Determination of immunity/Détermination de l’immunité), 15 (Transfer of the criminal proceedings/Transfert des poursuites pénales), 16 (Fair treatment of the State official/Traitement équitable du représentant de l’État), 17 (Consultations/Consultations) and 18 (Settlement of disputes/Règlement des différends) (A/CN.4/L.962 + Add.1), as amended.

WEDNESDAY, 3 August 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3609th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3609)

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  • Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter VI on “Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction” and adopted the remaining part of section E, including the commentary to 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 ne s’applique pas), and the remaining part of section B, (A/CN.4/L.962 + Add.1), as amended.
  • Succession of States in respect of State responsibility
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter VII on “Succession of States in respect of State responsibility” and adopted the remaining part of section B, section C and part of section D, including the commentary to draft principle 7 bis (Composite acts/Faits composites) and 10 (Uniting of States/Unification d’États), (A/CN.4/L.963 + Add.1 + Add.2 + Add.3), as amended.

THURSDAY, 4 August 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3610th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3610)

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  • Succession of States in respect of State responsibility
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter VII on “Succession of States in respect of State responsibility” and adopted a further part of section D. including the commentary to draft principle 10 (Uniting of States/Unification d’États), 10 bis (Incorporation of a State into another State/Incorporation d’un État dans un autre État), 11 (Dissolution of a State/ Dissolution d’un État), 13 (Uniting of States/ Unification d’États), 13 bis (Incorporation of a State into another State/Incorporation d’un État dans un autre État), 12 (Cases of succession of States when the predecessor State continues to exist/ Cas de succession d’États dans lesquels l’État prédécesseur continue d’exister), 14 (Dissolution of a State/Dissolution d’un État), 15 (Diplomatic protection/ Protection diplomatique) and 15 bis (Cessation and non-repetition/Cessation et non-répétition) (A/CN.4/L.963 + Add.1 + Add.2 + Add.3), as amended.
  • General principles of law
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter VIII on “General principles of law” and adopted section A. and part of section B. (A/CN.4/L.964 + Add.1 + Add.2), as amended.

THURSDAY, 4 August 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3611th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3611)

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  • Succession of States in respect of State responsibility
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter VII on “Succession of States in respect of State responsibility” and adopted the remaining part of section D. including the commentary to draft principle  6 (No effect upon attribution/ Absence d’effet sur l’attribution) (A/CN.4/L.963 + Add.1 + Add.2 + Add.3), as amended.
  • General principles of law
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter VIII on “General principles of law” and adopted the remaining part of section B. and part of section C. including part of the commentary to draft conclusions 3 (Categories of general principle law/Catégories de principes généraux du droit) and 7 (Identification of general principles of law formed within the international legal system/Détermination des principes généraux du droit formés dans le cadre du système juridique international (A/CN.4/L.964 + Add.1 + Add.2), as amended.

FRIDAY, 5 August 2022
Seventy-third session
United Nations Office at Geneva
3612th meeting (A/CN.4/SR.3612)

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  • General principles of law
    • The Commission continued consideration of Chapter VIII on “General principles of law” and adopted the remaining part of section C. including the remaining part of the commentary to draft conclusions 3 (Categories of general principle law/Catégories de principes généraux du droit) and 7 (Identification of general principles of law formed within the international legal system/Détermination des principes généraux du droit formés dans le cadre du système juridique international (A/CN.4/L.964 + Add.1 + Add.2), as amended.
  • Sea-level rise in relation to international law
    • The Commission adopted Chapter IX on “Sea-level rise in relation to international law” (A/CN.4/L.965), as amended.
  • Other decisions and conclusions of the Commission
    • The Commission adopted Chapter X on “Other decisions and conclusions of the Commission” (A/CN.4/L.966), as amended.
  • Introduction
    • The Commission adopted Chapter I on “Introduction” (A/CN.4/L.957), as amended.
  • Summary of the work of the Commission at its seventy-third session
    • The Commission adopted Chapter II on “Summary of the work of the Commission at its seventy-third session” (A/CN.4/L.958), as amended.
  • Specific issues on which comments would be of particular interest to the Commission
    • The Commission adopted Chapter III on “Specific issues on which comments would be of particular interest to the Commission” (A/CN.4/L.959), as amended.
  • Adoption of the report
    • The Commission adopted its report of the seventy-third session as a whole and thus concluded its work for that session.