Yearbook of the International Law Commission 2006, Vol. II, Part 1

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The International Law Commission was established in 1947 with a view to carrying out the responsibility of the General Assembly, under article 13(1)(a) of the Charter of the United Nations, to “initiate studies and make recommendations for the purpose of ... encouraging the progressive development of international law and its codification.” Since its first session in 1949, the Commission has considered a wide-range of topics of international law and made a number of proposals for its codification and progressive development, some of which have served as the basis for the subsequent adoption of major multilateral treaties. The Yearbook of the International Law Commission contains the official records of the Commission and is an indispensable tool for the preservation of the legislative history of the documents emanating from the Commission, as well as for the teaching, study, dissemination and wider appreciation of the efforts undertaken by the Commission in the progressive development of international law and its codification. Volume II (Part One) reproduces the edited versions of the official documents considered by the Commission at the respective annual session.

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Diplomatic protection

The International Law Commission completed the first reading of a set of 19 draft articles on diplomatic protection at its fifty-sixth session, held in 2004. The Commission subsequently decided, in accordance with articles 16 and 21 of its statute, to transmit the draft articles, through the Secretary-General, to Governments for comments and observations, with the request that such comments and observations be submitted to the Secretary-General by 1 January 2006. By a note dated 19 October 2004, the Secretariat invited Governments to submit their written comments by 1 January 2006. As at 26 January 2006, written comments had been received from the following 11 States: Austria, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, on behalf of the Nordic countries (Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden), Panama, Qatar, United States of America and Uzbekistan.

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