Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Update: Sixth Committee of the UN General Assembly

A new session of the UN General Assembly - its sixty-fourth - has begun. The GA's Sixth Committee (Legal) will convene on Monday, October 5th. The Committee's provisional programme of work (A/63/445) is here; the Bureau's proposed revised overall work programme is here. In addition to the annual reports of the International Law Commission and UNCITRAL, there are a number of topics of interest on the agenda, including criminal accountability of United Nations officials and experts on mission and the scope and application of universal jurisdiction. Relevant documents are available here. Customarily, the President of the International Court of Justice visits the Committee; thus far, though, a date for that visit has yet to be announced. The meeting of Legal Advisers will take place on Monday, October 26th, and Tuesday, October 27th. Of course, a number of non-Sixth Committee matters of interest - such as the Annual Reports of the ICJ, the ICTY, and the ICTR - will be taken up by the General Assembly directly or by other committees.