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Title: Draft Declaration on Rights and Duties of States
Available From: http://untreaty.un.org/ilc/texts/instruments/english/draft%20articles/2_1_1949.pdf
http://untreaty.un.org/ilc/texts/instruments/english/commentaries/2_1_1949.pdf
Conclusion Date: 1949-12-06
Description: The International Law Commission adopted the draft Declaration on Rights and Duties of States at its first session in 1949 in the form of fourteen articles with commentaries. The Commission observed that "the rights and duties set forth in the draft Declaration are formulated in general terms, without restriction or exception, as befits a declaration of basic rights and duties. The articles of the draft Declaration enunciate general principles of international law, the extent and the modalities of the application of which are to be determined by more precise rules." (Discussion in plenary: 7th to 16th mtgs (21 April to 5 May 1949), 19th to 25th mtgs (12 to 23 May 1949), and 29th to 30th mtgs (27 to 31 May 1949))
The Draft Declaration was submitted to the General Assembly as part of the report on the Commission´┐Żs 1949 session. This report, along with commentaries, appears in the 1949 ILC Yearbook.
As the number of States which had given their comments and suggestions was considered too small to form the basis of any definite decision regarding the draft Declaration on Rights and Duties of States, the General Assembly decided to postpone consideration of the matter "until a sufficient number of States have transmitted their comments and suggestions, and in any case to undertake consideration as soon as a majority of the Member States have transmitted such replies." (G.A. Res. 596 (VI) of 7 December 1951).
The alternative URL refers to a version of the Draft Declaration including commentary.
Legal Citation: 1949 Y.B. Int'l L. Comm'n 178
EISIL Categories: Home > States & Groups of States > Basic Sources
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Keywords: criminal law
state responsibility
Language(s): English
French
Document Creator: International Law Commission
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Site Administrator: Codification Division, Office of Legal Affairs, United Nations
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