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Inter-American Juridical Committee - September 2015

Inter-American Juridical Committee concludes its Eighty-Seventh Regular Session

The Inter-American Juridical Committee (CJI) held its 87th regular session from August 3 to 12, 2015, at its seat in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Comité Jurídico Interamericano culmina Octogésimo Séptimo Período Ordinario de sesiones

During that session, the Committee members met with the Secretary General of the Organization of American States, Luis Almagro, to discuss the strategic vision of the Organization and possible ways for the Committee to cooperate with the Organization and the General Secretariat.

In the course of its 87th session, the Committee concluded its discussion of two topics on its agenda. Regarding the first, the plenary adopted a set of recommendations for strengthening bilateral relations on migration issues, especially in respect of states with adjoining territories or islands split between two states, and facilitating the solution of problems between neighboring states. Regarding the second topic, pursuant to a General Assembly mandate, a report was presented on 'the protection of stateless persons" in light of international standards. The Committee then agreed to continue studying the following topics: The immunities of international organizations; Electronic warehouse receipts for agricultural commodities; Law Applicable to International Contracts; and Representative Democracy. A new topic proposed was analysis of the application of the [Tr.American Convention on Human Rights] Conventionality Principle (principio de convencionalidad). Dr. Ruth Correa Palacio was appointed as the Rapporteur for that topic.

As is customary when the Committee meets at its seat in Rio de Janeiro, members received representatives of international and domestic organizations. Among them were representatives of the International Court of Justice, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the African Union Commission on International Law (AUCIL), the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the Paris Bar Association, and the Ministry of Agriculture of Argentina.

Finally, mention should be made of the Private International Law Day Seminar conducted by the Juridical Committee on Friday, August 7, with private international law professors from Argentina and Brazil. That event provided an opportunity to hear the experts' opinions regarding the current status of topics of interest in the field of private international law, and to learn of their support for the Juridical Committee's work on the subject.

The next regular session of the Inter-American Juridical Committee will take place in Washington, D.C., the United States, from Monday April 4 to Friday, April 8, 2016.

The CJI is the advisory body on juridical matters of the Organization of American States. Its principal function is to promote the progressive development and the codification of international law; to study juridical problems related to the integration of the developing countries of the Hemisphere; and to foster the attainment of uniformity in the legislation of the member states. The Department of International Law of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs serves as the Committee's Technical Secretariat.

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