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AG/RES. 1705 (XXX-O/00)
5 June 2000
Original: Spanish 

RESOLUTION

INTER-AMERICAN PROGRAM FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF INTERNATIONAL LAW

(Resolution adopted at the first plenary session, held on June 5, 2000)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

HAVING SEEN the report of the Permanent Council on the implementation of resolution AG/RES. 1617 (XXIX-O/99), "Inter-American Program for the Development of International Law" (CP/CAJP-3313/00);

CONSIDERING:

That the General Assembly, by way of resolution AG/RES. 1471 (XXVII-O/97), adopted the Inter-American Program for the Development of International Law, which calls for various activities by the Organization to promote continued progress in the areas of training, dissemination, application, and strengthening of international law developed in the context of the inter-American system;

That the General Assembly reaffirmed, at its most recent regular session, by way of resolution AG/RES. 1617 (XXIX-O/99), "the necessity of continuing to carry out the various activities listed in the Inter-American Program for the Development of International Law as an indispensable means of strengthening international law";

That the Permanent Council, at its meeting of July 23, 1999, transmitted to the Committee on Juridical and Political Affairs the study and follow-up on activities carried out by the General Secretariat in fulfillment of the Inter-American Program for the Development of International Law;

That multilateral treaties adopted in the OAS context are a valuable legal heritage that must be preserved and given broad dissemination;

That dissemination of current issues among the political bodies of the OAS facilitates the study, discussion, negotiation, and development of new legal instruments in the framework of the inter-American system; and

That promotion of cooperation in the development, dissemination, and teaching of legal issues under the inter-American system is essential for strengthening both the valuable legal heritage of the Organization and partnership for development; and

BEARING IN MIND the activities that the General Secretariat has been carrying out in implementing this inter-American program,

RESOLVES:

1. To reaffirm the importance of the Inter-American Program for the Development of International Law for the dissemination, awareness, application, and strengthening of international law developed within the framework of the inter-American system.

2. To support the activities carried out by the Permanent Council of the Organization and by the General Secretariat in compliance with the Inter-American Program for the Development of International Law.

3. To instruct the General Secretariat to continue, through the Secretariat for Legal Affairs, to implement the aforesaid Program, according priority to the projects and activities relating to the teaching of inter-American international law, promoting awareness of the inter-American legal system, and the legal publications program, and to report thereon periodically to the Permanent Council.

4. To promote, pursuant to paragraphs (a) and (c) of the Inter-American Program for the Development of International Law, a comprehensive legal information program for the consolidation and development of the Inter-American System of Legal Information, in particular with respect to the dissemination of knowledge and experience via electronic media, and to the creation and broadening of electronic networks on legal issues.

5. To strengthen the legal publications program, especially by printing treaties that have yet to be published and by publishing the Inter-American Juridical Yearbook, according to paragraphs (k), (l), and (m) of the Inter-American Program for the Development of International Law; and, in particular, to direct that such budgetary measures as may be necessary to accomplish that goal be adopted.

6. To promote, in keeping with paragraphs (f), (g), (j), and (q) of the Inter-American Program for the Development of International Law, the design of programs and projects for training human resources, by putting into practice a strategy that includes the current fellowships system, the participation of universities and training institutes, and the development of pilot programs on specialized issues, fostering institutional conditions that will ensure lasting results.

7. To continue to conduct regional refresher courses on international law, in accordance with paragraphs (f), (g), and (j) of the Inter-American Program for the Development of International Law and, in particular, to organize over the coming year a course for the Caribbean region.

8. To continue, with external financial support, to stimulate the regional education program on inter-American legal instruments in the area of legal and judicial cooperation, with the participation of judges, prosecutors, law professors, attorneys, and international jurists and specialists, in pursuance of the mandates contained in paragraphs (f), (g), and (j) of the Inter-American Program for the Development of International Law.

9. To instruct the Permanent Council to monitor the implementation of this resolution, which shall be carried out within resources allocated in the program-budget and other resources; and to request the Council to report thereon to the General Assembly at its thirty-second regular session.

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