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  • 30 October 2018

    Members of the Delegation of Poland presented in the Sixth (Legal) Committee of the United Nations General Assembly the Polish position regarding the activity of the International Law Commission (ILC). In their statements the Polish delegates expressed their appreciation for the progress of the ILC work.


    In the first statement, delivered on 24 October, Mr. Piotr Rychlik, Director of the Legal and Treaty Department of Poland’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, referred to chapters I–V and XIII of the report on the work of the ILC’s 70th session. He addressed, among other things, certain issues regarding the identification of customary international law and subsequent agreements and subsequent practice in relation to the interpretation of treaties. He also reiterated the suggestion made by Poland in 2014 about including a new topic in the Commission’s work, namely “an obligation of non-recognition as lawful of any situation created by a state having seriously violated its obligation arising under a peremptory norm of general international law”. The Polish delegate also referred to a suggestion about starting to consider, from the international law perspective, the phenomenon of Internet usage. Moreover, he welcomed the Commission’s decision to include in its programme of work the topic “General principles of law” and the one on the rising of sea levels in relation to international law.


    The second statement of Poland, made on 26 October 26 by Prof. Cezary Mik of the Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University and a member of the Legal Advisory Committee to the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Poland, concerned chapters VI–VIII of this year’s ILC report and the following topics: protection of the atmosphere, provisional application of treaties and peremptory norms of general international law (ius cogens).


    In the third Polish statement, of 30 October, Poland’s Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations addressed chapters IX–XI  of the above-mentioned ILC report and focused on questions of the succession of states in respect of state responsibility, protection of the environment in relation to armed conflicts and the immunity of state officials from foreign criminal jurisdiction.


    Permanent Mission of Poland to the UN in New York


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