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Summaries of the Work of the International Law Commission

Review of the multilateral treaty-making process

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In resolution 32/48 of 8 December 1977, the Assembly requested the Secretary-General to prepare a report on the techniques and procedures used in the elaboration of multilateral treaties. Also in that resolution, the General Assembly, bearing in mind the important contribution of the Commission to the preparation of multilateral treaties, provided for the participation of the Commission in the review in question. The Commission was invited, as were Governments, to submit its observations on the subject for inclusion in the Secretary-General's report.

Pursuant to that invitation, the Commission considered the subject at its thirtieth and thirty-first sessions, in 1978 and 1979, respectively.1

Its observations were transmitted to the Secretary-General in 1979 in the Commission's document entitled "Report of the Working Group on review of the multilateral treaty-making process".2

1 See Yearbook … 1979, vol. II (Part Two), paras. 184–195.

2 See Yearbook … 1979, vol. II (Part One), document A/CN.4/325. (see Analytical Guide)