Election of Mr. Chusei Yamada as UN International Law Commission Member

November 17, 2006

  1. At an election for membership of the International Law Commission (ILC) held on November 16 (Thu) (Japan time: November 17) at the 61st UN General Assembly, Mr. Chusei Yamada (current member of the ILC, Special Assistant to the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan, and former Ambassador to India) was re-elected (fourth term). He gained 144 votes (the highest in the Asian group) out of the 187 valid votes cast.
  2. In order to settle disputes peacefully and maintain peace and stability in the international community, the roles played by international law are becoming increasingly important. In particular, Japan emphasizes the importance of peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international law, and considers that such settlement of disputes should be further promoted. As a major UN body that aims for the progressive development of international law and its codification, the ILC has drafted such important treaties as Vienna Conventions on Diplomatic/Consular Relations, and statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), largely contributing to the development of international law. Mr. Yamada has so far been elected member of the ILC for three terms since 1992. Mr. Yamada has been largely contributing to discussions to resolve legal issues that attract world-wide interest and he has won the appreciation of a number of countries. He played an important role as special rapporteur on Convention on the Law of the Non-navigational Uses of International Watercourses, and since 2003, he has also been a special rapporteur on shared natural resources *.
  3. Mr. Yamada's reelection proves that the international community highly evaluates his past contribution. It also has an important meaning for Japan in continuing to actively participate in and contribute to developing international law through the ILC.

* ILC has been drafting articles on the preservation and the management of underground resources (groundwater, oil, natural gas) that exist across the borders between states. Articles on transboundary underground water resources are under consideration at present.

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