The Work of the International Law Commission

9th Edition

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The present publication is intended to provide a general introduction to the work of the International Law Commission. Volume I contains a discussion of the nature and role of the Commission, as well as of its programme of work, working methods and relationship with Governments and other legal bodies. It also includes a brief summary of the work undertaken on each topic considered since 1949, as well as several annexes, containing its Statute and relevant historical information about the Commission. A selected bibliography of materials related to the work of the Commission is appended. The present edition reflects the latest developments in the work of the Commission as of 31 December 2016. (Two-Volume Set)




The United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law, established under General Assembly resolution 2099 (XX) of 20 December 1965, includes among its goals the dissemination of information about international law and activities in this field. In connection with this goal, the first edition of the present publication was prepared by the Secretariat in 1966. The second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth editions were produced in 1972, 1980, 1988, 1996, 2004, 2007 and 2012, respectively, further to requests of the International Law Commission, which were endorsed by the General Assembly. The present, ninth edition, brings up to date the previous edition by incorporating therein a summary of the latest developments of the work of the Commission, as well as texts of new Commission drafts. This edition reflects developments as of 31 December 2016.


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