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August 2021

Inter-American Juridical Committee holds its 99th regular session

The Inter-American Juridical Committee’s (CJI) 99th regular session, held virtually this past August 1 to 11, adopted three documents of major importance to the region. They contain 10 recommendations for the adoption of domestic laws on the regulation of fireworks and pyrotechnic devices in the Americas, in response to a General Assembly mandate; a proposal on the inter-American legal framework to strengthen the region's social and economic resilience against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath, also requested by the General Assembly; and a declaration on neuroscience, neurotechnologies and human rights.

Inter-American Juridical Committee holds its 99th regular session

These documents have been delivered to the Permanent Council for consideration and possible referral to the OAS General Assembly. They are also available on the CJI website in both Spanish and English.

During the 99th regular session, the CJI also discussed issues related to the law applicable to foreign investments, contracts between merchants with a contractually weak party, new technologies and their relevance to international legal cooperation, the right to education, and public international law applicable to cyberspace; customary international law, particularly in the context of the Americas; the development of inter-American principles on the legal regime for the creation, operation, financing, and dissolution of civil nonprofit entities; the development of inter-American guidelines on the participation of victims in criminal proceedings against acts of corruption. Two other issues on the CJI's working agenda: the inviolability of diplomatic premises as a principle of international relations and its relationship to the notion of diplomatic asylum; and the exceptional nature of the use of force in the inter-American context.

Likewise, on Monday, August 10, 2021, the Eighth Joint Meeting with the Legal Advisors to Ministries of Foreign Affairs of the OAS member states was held. It drew participation from 20 countries (Argentina, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, United States, Guatemala, Guyana, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Saint Lucia, Suriname, and Uruguay). Spain's Legal Consultant also took part, as did specialists from the International Committee of the Red Cross. That meeting discussed two items from the CJI agenda, relating to public international law applicable to cyberspace; and to specific customary law in the inter-American context. Another Joint Meeting is expected to be held in 2023.

Inter-American Juridical Committee holds its 99th regular session

The CJI's 100th regular session will be held March 28 to April 1, 2022 and will discuss the agenda items approved for that occasion.

The CJI is the consultative organ of the OAS for juridical matters and is composed of 11 jurists from the member states, elected to a four-year term.

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