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ILC – International Law Commission

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The International Law Commission (ILC) convened for its first session in 1948. Originally the ILC consisted of 15 members. This number was increased in several steps to currently 34 above all in order to assure an adequate representation of Third World countries. This is in accordance with the rules of the ILC Statute, according to which the Commission as a whole should guarantee the representation of the main forms of civilization and of the principal legal systems of the world. Candidacies of members of the ILC are proposed to the General Assembly by the member states. They are elected by the Assembly for a five-year term and are eligible for re-election. In addition to dealing with topical issues of the day, the ILC will have to pay more and more attention to the preservation and consolidation of the general international legal basis of international relations.

Keywords: General Assembly; International Law Commission (ILC); Third World countries



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