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AG/RES. 1328 (XXV-O/95)

ANNUAL REPORT OF THE INTER-AMERICAN JURIDICAL COMMITTEE

(Resolution adopted at the ninth plenary session, held on June 9, 1995)

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY,

HAVING SEEN the observations and recommendations of the Permanent Council on the Annual Report of the Inter-American Juridical Committee (AG/doc.3201/95) and the presentation made thereon by the Chair of the Committee, Ambassador Ramiro Saraiva Guerreiro; and

CONSIDERING:

That Article 53.f of the Charter of the Organization of American States includes among the powers of the General Assembly that of considering the observations and recommendations presented by the Permanent Council with regard to the reports of the organs and entities of the Organization, in accordance with the provisions of Article 90.f of the Charter;

That Article 52 of the Charter of the OAS establishes the Inter-American Juridical Committee as one of the organs of the Organization; and

That the Inter-American Juridical Committee presented its Annual Report to the Permanent Council, which in turn has transmitted its observations and recommendations thereon to the General Assembly,

RESOLVES:

1. To accept and transmit to the Inter-American Juridical Committee the observations and recommendations made by the Permanent Council of the Organization on the Committee's Annual Report.

2. To express satisfaction with the efforts of the Inter-American Juridical Committee to respond to the priorities of the Organization by undertaking such activities as refashioning its annual report, properly developing its program of activities, and initiating an outreach program for universities and bar associations.

3. To recommend to the Inter-American Juridical Committee that it disseminate, under resolution CJI/RES. II-13/94, the documents it has prepared on the topic "Methods of Peaceful Settlement of Disputes in Regional and Subregional Integration and Free Trade Schemes," as well as the introductory note thereto, and to urge the Committee to include in its studies consideration of the most-favored-nation principle and its application in the Americas as well as of other means of favoring the less developed countries.

4. To instruct the Inter-American Juridical Committee to continue its efforts to promote dissemination and discussion of appropriate norms to enhance the reliability and stability of securities markets in the member states, in collaboration with the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, the International Bar Association, and other entities mentioned in the report of the Committee, pursuant to resolution CJI/RES. II-23/94.

5. To ask the Inter-American Juridical Committee to proceed with its studies on enhancement of the administration of justice and the independence of the judiciary in the Americas and, in coordination with the Permanent Council, to distribute its reports thereon to the member states.

6. To urge the Inter-American Juridical Committee to continue the study of democracy in the inter-American system, pursuant to its resolution CJI/RES. II-12/94, with particular focus on the latest developments in the region in that regard.

7. To recommend to the Inter-American Juridical Committee that it keep the study of different methods for the peaceful settlement of disputes on its agenda with a view to continuing to examine them.

8. To request the Inter-American Juridical Committee to attach priority to making comments and observations on the draft Inter-American Convention against Corruption, which will be submitted to it by the Chair of the Working Group on Probity and Public Ethics.

9. To urge the Inter-American Juridical Committee to proceed with the study of inter-American juridical cooperation measures to combat terrorism.

10. To ask the Inter-American Juridical Committee to keep the "Right to Information" on its agenda.

11. To recommend to the Inter-American Juridical Committee that, with assistance from the General Secretariat, it continue coordinating its activities with other regional and international organizations engaged in juridical matters and, in particular, with those institutions listed in CJI/RES. II-10/94.

12. To note with satisfaction the upcoming second meeting of the Inter-American Juridical Committee with legal consultants and advisers to the ministries of foreign affairs of member states of the Organization.

13. To reiterate the importance of holding the International Law Course organized by the Inter-American Juridical Committee in collaboration with the General Secretariat.

14. To take note of the agenda adopted by the Inter-American Juridical Committee for its next regular session.

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