Annual Interactive Dialogue between the Sixth Committee and the International Law Commission On 27 October 2021
27 October 2021: CIL Director Dr Nilüfer Oral Was Invited by The Permanent Missions of Sweden and Austria to the United Nations to the Annual Interactive Dialogue between the Sixth Committee and the International Law Commission
With the presence of the following Members of the ILC:
Concepción Escobar Hernández: Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction
Pavel Šturma: Succession of States in respect of State responsibility
Nilüfer Oral: Sea-level rise in relation to international law
Patricia Galvão Teles: Protection of persons affected by sea-level rise
Moderated by Helmut Tichy, Legal Adviser of the Austrian Foreign Ministry
The interactive dialogue aims to provide a platform for an informal exchange and discussions between Members of the ILC and the 6th Committee, including visiting Legal Advisers from capitals. Members of the audience are encouraged to ask questions and make comments on the work of the ILC.
This year discussions will focus on the following topics:
Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction:
The Commission had before it the eight report of the Special Rapporteur, which examined the relationship between the immunity of state officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction and international criminal tribunals. Additionally, a mechanism for the settlement of disputes between the forum State and the State of the official was considered. The Commission discussed the reports of the Special Rapporteur and of the Drafting Committee and provisionally adopted several draft articles.
Succession of States in respect of State responsibility:
This year the Commission had before it the fourth report of the Special Rapporteur. It contained a summary of the debate in 6th Committee in previous years, questions related to the impact of succession of States on forms of responsibility such as reparation and an outlook on the future programme of work on the topic.
Sea-level rise in relation to international law:
The consequences of sea-level rise raise a number of important questions relevant to international law. These issues relate to the legal implications of the inundation of coasts and islands upon their baselines and delimitation of maritime zones. The reconstituted Study Group held discussions on the topic and plans to address issues related statehood and the protection of persons affected by sea-level rise.