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International law: from 1945 to date: International Law Commission

ILC International Law Commission

“Commission shall have for its object the promotion of the progressive development of international law and its codification”. (Art.1(1) Statute of ILC)

International here encompasses both public and private international law.

Article 15 of the Statute “for convenience” says progressive development means “the preparation of draft conventions on subjects which have not yet been regulated by international law or in regard to which the law has not yet been sufficiently developed in the practice of States” and codification  means “the more precise formulation and systematization of rules of international law in fields where there already has been extensive State practice, precedent and doctrine.”

Printed resources

Commentary about the ILC can be found at Internat 687 on Level 3, one floor above the entrance level to the Law Library.
The ILC's own publications are mostly in Official Papers, on the Ground Floor of the Bodleian Law Library.

Electronic resources

Other reform streams

Official Papers

The Bodleian's Official Papers  collection is on the Ground Floor of the Law Library