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Inter-American Juridical Committee - April 2015

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

The Inter-American Juridical Committee held its Eighty-Sixth Regular Session from March 23 to 27, 2015, at its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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

Taking part were the 11 members of the Committee, including the two members recently elected by the General Assembly of the Organization of American States at its session held in Asunción, Paraguay, in June 2014: Dr. Ruth Correa Palacio and Dr. Joel Hernández García. The Committee extended them a warm welcome.

The Committee adopted by consensus a report on "Protection of Personal Data," document CJI/doc.474/15 rev. 2, which proposes to the member states of the Organization 12 annotated principles on privacy and personal data protection that could serve as a basis for formulating and adopting laws defending the right of individuals to privacy, reputation, and dignity. This contribution by the Committee derives from a request made to it by the General Assembly in June 2014 through resolution AG/RES. 2842 (XLIV-O/14).

During the session the Committee members discussed reports on the immunity of States, electronically-stored receipts for agricultural products, migration management in bilateral relations, law applicable to international contracts, protection for stateless persons, and representative democracy.

In addition, the Inter-American Juridical Committee decided to split the subject of immunities by establishing a new rapporteurship on the “immunities of international organizations,” which will operate independently of the rapporteurship on the “immunities of States.”

Special attention was also paid to recent developments in the area of "Simplified Joint Stock Companies." The rapporteur drew attention to a special meeting on the subject at the Juridical and Political Affairs of the OAS and to an initiative of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL), which has been working on the elaboration of a legal instrument on the subject and in its preparatory works has acknowledged the Inter-American Juridical Committee’s “Proposed model act on the simplified stock corporation.”

The next regular session of the Inter-American Juridical Committee will take place at its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, starting on Monday, August 3, 2015.

The CJI is the advisory body on juridical matters for 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.

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