Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Update: Sixth Committee of the UN General Assembly

A new session of the UN General Assembly - its sixty-third - has begun. The GA's Sixth Committee (Legal) will convene on Monday, October 6th. The Committee's provisional programme of work (A/62/456) 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 (among others) criminal accountability of United Nations officials and experts on mission; consideration of effective measures to enhance the protection, security and safety of diplomatic and consular missions and representatives; the status of the Protocols Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 1949 and relating to the protection of victims of armed conflicts; measures to eliminate international terrorism; administration of justice at the United Nations; and the final form of the ILC's draft articles on nationality of natural persons in relation to the succession of States. The Bureau's proposed programme of work on the debate on the ILC Report is here. Other 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 27th, and Tuesday, October 28th. It is also worth noting two non-Sixth Committee matters: Consideration of the Annual Report of the International Court of Justice will be taken up by the General Assembly directly on Thursday, October 30th. The election of five judges to the International Court of Justice will take place on Thursday, November 6th.