The International Law Commission (ILC) was scheduled to hold its seventy-second session from April 27 to June 5 and from July 6 to August 7, 2020 in Geneva. 1 The COVID-19 pandemic, however, precluded the Commission members traveling to and meeting in Geneva. This short essay explains that it became necessary to postpone the session until 2021 and to address various collateral matters, including whether the current five-year terms of Commission members should be extended by one year, so as to conclude in 2022 instead.
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Murphy, Sean D., Effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Work of the International Law Commission, American Journal of International Law, vol. 114 (forthcoming 2020).