The ILC's Articles on Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts: Completion of the Second Reading

J. Crawford
2001 European journal of international law  
In 2001 the International Law Commission finally adopted on second reading the Draft Articles on Responsibility of States for Internationally Wrongful Acts with commentaries, bringing to an end nearly 50 years of ILC work on the subject. This article reviews the final group of changes to the text, focusing on the definitions of 'injury' and 'damage', assurances of non-repetition in the light of the LaGrand case, procedural aspects of countermeasures and the controversy over measures taken in
more » ... ponse to a breach by states which are not individually injured. The focus of debate now turns to the UNGA Sixth Committee, which will have to decide what to make of the Draft Articles. The ILC itself recommended an initial resolution taking note of the Articles, with subsequent consideration (after a period of years) of a possible diplomatic conference with a view to concluding a convention. This modest proposal allows for further reflection on the text and may help to avoid possibly divisive and inconclusive debate in the Sixth Committee. At the same time it allows time for better understanding of the many changes made as compared with the first reading text (1996). 964 EJIL 12 (2001), 963-991
doi:10.1093/ejil/12.5.963 fatcat:rgr2p5v7o5bwthynhyqsh6unuy