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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law [MPEPIL]

International Law Commission (ILC)

Pemmaraju Sreenivasa Rao

Subject(s):
Codification — Customary international law — Unilateral acts — State practice — Rule of law

Published under the auspices of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law under the direction of Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1 The International Law Commission (‘ILC’) plays an important role concerning the codification and progressive development of international law. Art 13 (1) (a) United Nations Charter mandated the UN General Assembly to ‘initiate studies and make recommendations for the purpose of encouraging the progressive development of international law and its codification’. Any codification of the existing law has the temporary disadvantage of freezing its content. The value of codification is also questioned on other grounds such as incompleteness or quickly becoming out of...
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