AG/RES. 1916 (XXXIII-O/03)
OBSERVATIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ON THE ANNUAL REPORT OF THE INTER-AMERICAN JURIDICAL COMMITTEE
(Resolution adopted at the fourth plenary session, held on June 10, 2003)
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.4220/03);
BEARING IN MIND the mandates contained in resolution AG/RES. 1844 (XXXII-O/02), “Annual Report of the Inter-American Juridical Committee”; and
That Article 54.f of the Charter of the Organization of American States establishes that one of the powers of the General Assembly is to consider the observations and recommendations presented by the Permanent Council, in keeping with Article 91.f of the Charter, on the reports of the organs and entities of the Organization;
That Article 53 of the OAS Charter establishes the Inter-American Juridical Committee as one of the organs of the Organization; and
That the Chair of the Inter-American Juridical Committee, Dr. Brynmor T. Pollard, presented the Committee’s annual report to the Permanent Council, which has forwarded its observations and recommendations thereon to the General Assembly,
1. To endorse the observations and recommendations of the Permanent Council of the Organization on the Annual Report of the Inter-American Juridical Committee and to forward them to that organ.
2. To request the Inter-American Juridical Committee to continue to assist with the preparatory work for the Seventh Inter-American Specialized Conference on Private International Law (CIDIP-VII), to continue to support consultations of governmental and nongovernmental experts and, in particular, to pursue its study of the topic of applicable law and competency of international jurisdiction with respect to extracontractual civil liability, assigned by the Permanent Council in resolution CP/RES. 815 (1318/02).
3. To renew its request to the Inter-American Juridical Committee to further its studies on the subject of competition law in the context of the promotion of trade and integration in the Americas with a view to including the results of those studies in its next annual report, bearing in mind the efforts already under way in the Organization and in other international forums.
4. To encourage the Inter-American Juridical Committee to continue to promote regular joint meetings with the legal advisers at the ministries of foreign affairs of OAS member states; and to note with satisfaction the decision to hold the fifth joint meeting during the Juridical Committee’s regular meeting in August 2003.
5. To request the Inter-American Juridical Committee, in accordance with its mandates, to add to its work agenda the pertinent recommendations of the Meetings of Ministers of Justice or of Ministers or Attorneys General of the Americas (REMJA) in order to closely monitor progress in their implementation.
6. To underscore once again the importance of holding the Course on International Law, organized each year by the Inter-American Juridical Committee and the OAS General Secretariat, and to highlight the importance of maintaining a simultaneous interpretation system throughout the Course and of increasing the number and amount of OAS fellowship awards, urging the member states also to consider the possibility of paying directly for the participation of students and professors from their own countries.
7. To recognize the Inter-American Juridical Committee and the General Secretariat for their work in publishing the lectures given during the Course on International Law, held each year in Rio de Janeiro, and in publishing the thematic series that compile them; and to recommend that consideration be given to the possibility of issuing those publications in all official languages of the Organization.
8. To reaffirm the need to maintain close contact between the Inter-American Juridical Committee and the political organs of the Organization, in particular the Permanent Council; and to recommend that the Committee continue to focus its efforts on the issues indicated to it as being of priority concern to the Organization.
9. To request the Inter-American Juridical Committee to continue preparations to commemorate its centennial, to be held in 2006.