The Codification of International Law: Back to the Future?


The Charter of the United Nations lists codification of international law as one of the primary responsibilities of the General Assembly, which in 1948 established a permanent organ for this purpose: the International Law Commission. As the International Law Commission celebrates its 70th anniversary, it is time to take stock of the past achievements and future challenges of the codification movement. This panel assesses the lofty objectives and practical results of two centuries of codification, paying special attention to the role of the International Law Commission. To what extent has the Commission fulfilled its mission? Have the codification efforts by the Commission and others contributed to a more peaceful world? And what is the future of codification in the 21st century?

Sean Murphy, Member of the International Law Commission, Manatt/Ahn Professor of International Law, George Washington University, President of the American Society of International Law
Patricia Galvão Teles, Member of the International Law Commission, Adjunct Professor of International Law and EU law, Autonomous University of Lisbon, Senior Consultant, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Portugal
Hélène Tigroudja, Professor of Law, University Aix Marseille and Senior Global Fellow, NYU School of Law
Patrick Luna, Legal Adviser of Brazil to the United Nations

Kristen Boon, Miriam T. Rooney Professor of Law, Seton Hall Law School

Christiane Ahlborn and Bart Smit Duijzentkunst, Co-Chairs, United Nations Law Committee, ABILA

Date and Location

Monday, May 14, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
New York City Bar Association
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