The ILC takes up Jus Cogens
On May 27, 2015 Mr. Dire Tladi of South Africa was appointed Special Rapporteur for a new topic on the International Law Commission’s agenda: jus cogens. The progressive development and codification of jus cogens principles marks a significant step forward. For many years it was considered, as Ian Brownlie once quipped, “like the car that never left the garage.” The ILC’s syllabus, available here, suggests a bright new future lies ahead.
The scope of the Commission’s inquiry is likely to focus on the following elements: the nature of jus cogens; requirements for the identification of a norm as jus cogens; an illustrative list of norms which have achieved the status of jus cogens; consequences or effects of jus cogens.
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