Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Work of the International Law Commission

American Journal of International Law, vol.114 (2020 Forthcoming)

GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2020-68

GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2020-68

4 Pages Posted: 19 Sep 2020

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Sean D. Murphy

George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: September 15, 2020

Abstract

The International Law Commission (ILC) was scheduled to hold its seventy-second session from
April 27 to June 5 and from July 6 to August 7, 2020 in Geneva. 1 The COVID-19 pandemic,
however, precluded the Commission members traveling to and meeting in Geneva. This short
essay explains that it became necessary to postpone the session until 2021 and to address various
collateral matters, including whether the current five-year terms of Commission members should
be extended by one year, so as to conclude in 2022 instead.

Keywords: International Law Commission, COVID-19, pandemic

JEL Classification: K33

Suggested Citation

Murphy, Sean D., Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Work of the International Law Commission (September 15, 2020). American Journal of International Law, vol.114 (2020 Forthcoming), GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2020-68, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2020-68, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3693205

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