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May 2022

Inter-American Juridical Committee concludes
its 100th regular session

Inter-American Juridical Committee concludes its 100th regular session

The Inter-American Juridical Committee (CJI) held its 100th regular session in Lima, Peru, May 2-6, 2022; its first in-person session in the last two years.

That 100th regular session adopted a Declaration on International Law emphasizing adherence to the essential principles of the OAS Charter and to the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law. Said declaration further recognizes the inter-American contribution to the development and codification of international law, as well as its members’ impact to the “consolidation of the inter-American body of law” (Declaration of the Inter-American Juridical Committee on International Law on the occasion of its hundredth regular session).

On that occasion, the CJI continued with discussion on a number of issues on its agenda, including 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; particular customary international law in the context of the Americas; the development of inter-American principles on the legal regime for the creation, operation, financing, and dissolution of non-profit civil entities; the development of inter-American guidelines on the participation of victims in criminal proceedings against acts of corruption; the inviolability of diplomatic premises as a principle of international relations and its relation to the notion of diplomatic asylum; and, the development of international standards on neurorights.

The CJI also decided that the Course on International Law will be held from August 1 to 12, 2022, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and will bring together young professionals engaged in the field of international law and international relations.

Committee members being on hand in Peru, a meeting was held with international law professors at the Universidad Peruana de Ciencias Aplicadas (UPC) Law School, and the Committee’s Chairman, Dr. Luis-García Corrochano, held a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs César Landa, as reflected in the resolution thanking the Government of Peru, all of which contribute to the wider dissemination of the Committee’s work.

Lastly, the CJI passed two resolutions, paying tribute to two members whose terms of office ended on December 31, 2021: Dr. Miguel Angel Espeche-Gil and Dr. Milenko Bertrand-Galindo.

The CJI will hold its next regular session from August 1 to 10, 2022, at its headquarters in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

The Department of International Law of the Secretariat for Legal Affairs provides technical support and secretariat services to the CJI.

The CJI is the advisory body of the OAS in legal matters and its main function is to promote the progressive development and codification of international law.

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