Press Release: Election of members to the International Law Commission (ILC)

Nov 17, 2011

Today the U.N. General Assembly elected Prof. Georg Nolte for a second term (2012-2016) as a member of the International Law Commission. With 175 states supporting the German candidate, Prof. Nolte received the highest number of votes among all 49 candidates who competed for the 34 seats to be filled in today's election.

Ambassador Peter Wittig welcomed the result of the election: „We are delighted that the General Assembly so overwhelmingly supported Prof Nolte. We consider this as a token of trust in the professionalism and expertise of Prof Nolte. I am sure that he will continue to contribute substantially to the work of the Commission.”


Born in 1959, Prof. Nolte reads International Law at Humboldt University (Berlin) and is one of the youngest members of the ILC. A member since 2007, he has actively contributed to the Commission's work, most notably through the founding of the study group on "Treaties over Time" which he is chairing. In his work, he places great emphasis on the ILC's relevance for the legal trends of our time, as well as on a meaningful relationship of the ILC with the General Assembly's sixth committee.

Established in 1948, the ILC is an expert body composed of 34 members under the auspices of the General Assembly. Its main task being the promotion of the progressive development of international law and its codification, it meets twice yearly for six weeks each in Geneva. The ILC's work has led to the creation of a number of treaties that are key to the present international legal order.

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