Yearbook of the International Law Commission 2003, Vol. II, Part 2

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This volume contains the report of the International Law Commission on the work of its fifty-fifth session (5 May - 6 June and 7 June – 8 August 2003). The issues discussed at that session included: reservations to treaties, diplomatic protection, unilateral acts of States, state responsibility, and international liability for injurious consequences arising out of acts not prohibited by international law, and responsibilities of international organizations.

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Diplomatic protection

The Commission at its forty-eighth session, in 1996, identified the topic of “Diplomatic protection” as one of three topics appropriate for codification and progressive development. In the same year, the General Assembly, in paragraph 13 of its resolution 51/160 of 16 December 1996, invited the Commission to examine the topic further and to indicate its scope and content in the light of the comments and observations made during the debate in the Sixth Committee and any written comments that Governments might wish to make. At its forty-ninth session, in 1997, the Commission, pursuant to the above General Assembly resolution, established at its 2477th meeting a working group on the topic. The Working Group submitted a report at the same session which was endorsed by the Commission. The Working Group attempted to: (a) clarify the scope of the topic to the extent possible; and (b) identify issues which should be studied in the context of the topic. The Working Group proposed an outline for consideration of the topic which the Commission recommended to form the basis for the submission of a preliminary report by the Special Rapporteur.

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