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58th Session of the International Law Commission

The Commission held its fifty-eighth session at the United Nations European Headquarters in Geneva from 1 May to 9 June and from 3 July to 11 August 2006. On 25 July 2006 HE Judge Rosalyn Higgins DBE QC, President of the International Court of Justice and one of the Institute's Vice-Presidents, delivered an address to the Commission. Since 1997, the President of the International Court of Justice has been invited to come to Geneva to address the plenary meeting and engage in an exchange of views with the Commission.

In her speech, Judge Higgins reported on recent judgments rendered by the ICJ and drew attention to aspects of the Court's case law with particular relevance to the work of the ILC - both completed and ongoing. Judge Higgins concluded by emphasising the importance of the topics dealt with by the ILC and the intention of the Court to follow closely the Commission's future work. The text of Judge Higgin's speech may be found here.

Established in 1948, the International Law Commission's mandate is the progressive development and codification of international law, in accordance with article 13(1)(a) of the Charter of the United Nations.

The International Law Commission is constituted of 34 members, elected for a five-year period (quinquennium) sessions. The Commission holds its annual session in Geneva, Switzerland for a period of ten to twelve weeks (as approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations).

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