International Law Commission (ILC)



The International law Commission was established by the General Assembly, in 1947, to undertake the mandate of the 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".

The election of the members of the Commission for a five year term beginning on 1 January 2017 took place at the seventy-first session of the General Assembly (3 November 2016).  

The Commission will hold its seventy-second session at the United Nations Office at Geneva 27 April to 5 June and from 6 July to 7 August 2020. 

The following topics are on the programme of work of the Commission:

  • Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction;

  • Provisional application of treaties;

  • Protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts;

  • Protection of the atmosphere;

  • Peremptory norms of general international law (jus cogens);

  • Succession of States in respect of State responsibility;

  • General principles of law;

  • Sea-level rise in relation to international law.

The report on the work of the seventy-first session of the Commission is available here.

Any useful information about the International Law Commission is available on its website, by clicking here.