UCL Faculty of Laws


The current work of the UN International Law Commission

14 October 2015, 6:00 pm–7:00 pm

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UCL Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre, 2nd Floor, Wilkins Building, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT

Speaker: Sir Michael Wood (20 Essex Street)
Chair: Professor Roger O’Keefe (UCL)
Series: International Law Association (British Branch) Lecture
Admission: Free

About this talk

The UN International Law Commission is a subsidiary organ of the UN General Assembly mandated with the codification and progressive development of international law. Among the important topics currently on its work programme are ‘Immunity of State officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction’ and ‘Identification of customary international law’.

Michael Wood’s lecture will cover these and other topics, as well as the structure and working methods of the Commission, and its relationship with the UN General Assembly.

About the speaker

Sir Michael Wood is a member of the International Law Commission, and a Senior Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law, University of Cambridge. He is a barrister at 20 Essex Street, London, where he practices in the field of public international law, including before international courts and tribunals. He was Legal Adviser to the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office between 1999 and 2006, having joined as an Assistant Legal Adviser in 1970.

Relevant Material for this Event

Text of the draft conclusions provisionally adopted by the Drafting Committee, Identification of Customary International Law, ILC, 14 July 2015 and hyperlink it with: http://legal.un.org/docs/?symbol=A/CN.4/L.869