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Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Work of the International Law Commission

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  20 October 2020

Sean D. Murphy*
Affiliation:
Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law, George Washington University, and member of the UN International Law Commission.

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References

1 GA Res. 74/186, para. 16 (Dec. 18, 2020).

2 GA Dec. 74/545 (Apr. 2, 2020). The draft decision appears at UN Doc. A/74/L.45 (Mar. 27, 2020) and its adoption is reflected in a letter of the president of the General Assembly of April 2, 2020, at https://www.un.org/pga/74/2020/04/02/seventy-second-session-of-the-international-law-commission-2.

3 GA Dec. 74/544 (Mar. 27, 2020).

4 GA Dec. 74/559 (June 23, 2020). The draft decision appears at UN Doc. A/74/L.70 and its adoption is reflected in a letter of the president of the General Assembly of June 23, 2020, at https://www.un.org/pga/74/2020/06/23/postponement-of-the-seventy-second-session-of-the-international-law-commission-2.

5 GA Dec. 74/566, para. (a) (Aug. 12, 2020). The draft decision appears at UN Doc. A/74/L.78 (Aug. 6, 2020) and its adoption is reflected in a letter of the president of the General Assembly of August 12, 2020, at https://www.un.org/pga/74/2020/08/13/extension-of-the-term-of-office-of-the-current-members-of-the-international-law-commission-and-other-related-matters-2.

6 GA Dec. 74/566, para. (e).

7 Id., para. (f).

8 For discussion of prior work on this topic, see Sean D. Murphy, Anniversary Commemoration and Work of the International Law Commission's Seventieth Session, 113 AJIL 90, 96–97 (2019).

9 For discussion, see id. at 97–10; Sean D. Murphy, Peremptory Norms of General International Law (Jus Cogens) and Other Topics: The Seventy-First Session of the International Law Commission, 114 AJIL 68, 85 (2020).

10 For discussion, see id. at 68–72.

11 For discussion, see id. at 72–75.

12 For discussion, see id. at 81–82.

13 For discussion, see id. at 78–81.

14 For discussion, see id. at 82–84.

15 For discussion, see id. at 84–85.

16 GA Dec. 74/566, para. (b).

17 Id., para. (c).

18 See, e.g., Japan Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Release, The Nomination of Professor ASADA Masahiko, Kyoto University, as a Candidate for Election to the International Law Commission (ILC) in 2021 (Jan. 10, 2020), at https://www.mofa.go.jp/press/release/press4e_002751.html.

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