The Inter-American Juridical Committee (CJI) held its 95th regular session from July 31 to August 9 at its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
At this session, the CJI discussed several topics that make up its agenda, specifically: “validity of foreign judicial decisions,” “electronic warehouse receipts for agricultural products,” “binding and non-binding agreements,” “access to public information,” “cybersecurity,” and “personal data protection.”
Four new topics were included on its agenda. One of these responds to a mandate by the General Assembly requesting that the CJI prepare a model law on the use of fireworks, whether for personal use or in large-scale firework displays. The other three were included on the Committee’s own initiative, namely: “guidelines for subsequent normative development of diplomatic asylum,” “electoral fraud as an international offense under the inter-American system,” and “customary international law specific to the context of the American continent.”
On Tuesday, August 6, the CJI officially presented the “Guide on the Law Applicable to International Commercial Contracts” at the Facultade Nacional de Dereito [National Law School] of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. The event allowed the CJI to present its most recent output to students, professors, and experts in the field of international contracts.
The CJI also welcomed several internationalists from academic and diplomatic circles, as well as from international organizations interested in establishing cooperation mechanisms, including the Secretary General of the International Institute for Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT), Ignacio Tirado, and the delegation of the African Union Commission on International Law, headed up by Professor Hajer Gueldich and Judge Mohammed Barakat.
It bears noting the presence
of the Secretary General of the Organization,
Mr. Luis Almagro, who held a discussion with CJI
members regarding the Organization’s current
The CJI will meet again next
year at its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro,
March 2-6 and July 29-August 7. During the
latter session, the CJI will hold the Eighth
Joint Meeting with the Legal Advisors of
Ministries of Foreign Affairs, the invitation to
which will be sent to the representatives of all
The CJI is the advisory body
on juridical matters to the Organization of
American States pursuant to the OAS Charter and
is composed of eleven jurists, citizens of
member states, who are elected for a period of
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.