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The role of the ILC

United Nations Office at Geneva; photo by Qz2247, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

The symposium’s aim is to engage with the questions raised by Danae Azaria’s recently published article on the ILC as an interpreter of international law. In her article, Azaria analyzes four recent projects related to the 1969 Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT), noting that the ILC has indeed undertaken interpretation of international law. She argues that the ILC ’s interpretative pronouncements, while not legally binding per se, trigger a dialogue with states that ultimately leads to ‘codification by interpretation’. The symposium seeks to open a larger debate on how to conceptualise the function and role of the ILC in modern international law by initiating a discussion between authors from academia and practice.

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