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The 97th regular session of the Inter-American Juridical Committee concluded with success
Juridical Committee (CJI) held its 97th regular
session on 3-7 August 2020
On this occasion, the CJI concluded the study of
two topics with the approval of two resolutions
accompanied by their respective reports, namely,
"Binding and Non-binding Agreements" and
"International Law and State Cyber Operations".
Said documents will be forwarded to the OAS
political bodies in the coming days and will
later be published on the
website, at which time they will be
disseminated through an information bulletin.
Furthermore, the CJI examined the themes related
to a) the protection of personal data, b) the
validity of foreign judicial decisions in light
of the Inter-American Convention on
Extraterritorial Validity of Foreign Arbitral
Sentences and Awards and c) electoral fraud as
an international crime of the inter-American
system, all issues on which this Organ is
working for the purpose of drawing up concrete
The CJI will continue to analyze these and other
topics that belong to its
agenda for the next regular session
scheduled for the month of March next yr.
Due to the completion of their mandates on the
31st December of this year, the CJI took the
opportunity to pay tribute to three of its
members, as well as to extend their appreciation
for their contributions to the work of the CJI.
The members in question are Doctors Duncan
Hollis (United States), Alix Richard (Haiti) and
Íñigo Salvador Crespo (Ecuador).
The CJI also thanked Dr. Ruth Correa Palacio
(Colombia) by adopting a resolution for her
having acted as Chair for the past two years. In
effect, during this session the CJI appointed
new authorities, namely, Dr. Luis
García-Corrochano (Peru) as Chair, and Dr. José
Moreno (Paraguay) as vice-Chair.
The CJI also decided to re-schedule the Joint
Meeting with Legal Representatives of the
Ministries of Foreign Affairs to its August 2021
This is the first time that the CJI has held its
session in virtual fashion due to the covid-19
pandemic that affects not only the region but
also the entire world. Precisely in these
circumstances, the CJI emphasized the role of
codification and the progressive development of
international law for cooperating with and
strengthening key legal institutions in order to
counter the impacts of the pandemic. In this
sense, the CJI stressed that many of the topics
on its current agenda, together with those
recently completed, gain special relevance for
fulfilling this purpose and reaffirmed its
commitment to continue working under this focus
in the future wherever appropriate.
For further information on this matter, please contact the Department of International Law of the OAS – Technical Secretariat of the Inter-American Juridical Committee +1 202 370 0743.
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