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Dr Petrič re-elected to the International Law Commission

On 3 November 2016, the UN General Assembly elected 34 new members to the International Law Commission. Dr Ernest Petrič has been re-elected to the Commission with 164 votes, which is the highest number of votes in the Eastern European group.

This is Dr Petrič’s third consecutive five-year term of office on the Commission, which is an important recognition of his competence in international law.

The International Law Commission, established in 1947, is one of the most important UN organs. Its main achievements in codifying international law include the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, and the Vienna Convention on Succession of States in respect of Treaties. The Commission also makes a substantial contribution to the development of international law, in recent years notably in the fields of diplomatic protection, the responsibility of international organisations, and reservations to treaties.

The 34 Commission members are elected by the UN General Assembly and sit in their individual capacity. The Commission holds its annual sessions at the UN Office at Geneva.

Dr Petrič is a renowned international law expert, who has served as a diplomat and ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia for many years, a professor, and the author of numerous books and other publications. He has been actively involved in the Commission’s work since 2006.