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A/RES/50/43


General Assembly

Distr. GENERAL  
50th session
26 January 1996


                                             
Fiftieth session
Agenda item 139
                  RESOLUTION ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY
               [on the report of the Sixth Committee (A/50/636)]
            50/43.   United Nations Programme of Assistance
                     in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination
                     and Wider Appreciation of International
                     Law
      The General Assembly,
      Recalling paragraph 17 of its resolution 48/29 of 9 December
1993, paragraph 1 of section IV of the annex to its resolution 47/32
of 25 November 1992 and paragraph 1 of section IV of the annex to its
resolution 49/50 of 9 December 1994,
      Taking note with appreciation of the report of the
Secretary-General on the implementation of the United Nations
Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and
Wider Appreciation of International Law  1/ and the guidelines and
recommendations on future implementation of the Programme within the
framework of the United Nations Decade of International Law, which
were adopted by the Advisory Committee on the Programme and are
contained in section III of that report,
      Bearing in mind that the encouragement of the teaching, study,
dissemination and wider appreciation of international law is one of
the main objectives of the United Nations Decade of International Law,
as declared in its resolution 44/23 of 17 November 1989 and further
reaffirmed and expanded in section IV of the programme for the
activities for the first term (1990-1992), the second term (1993-1994)
and the third term (1995-1996) annexed to resolutions 45/40 of 28
November 1990, 47/32, and 49/50,
      Considering that international law should occupy an appropriate
place in the teaching of legal disciplines at all universities,
      Noting with appreciation the efforts made by States at the
bilateral level to provide assistance in the teaching and study of
international law,
      Convinced, nevertheless, that States and international
organizations and institutions should be encouraged to give further
support to the Programme and increase their activities to promote the
teaching, study, dissemination and wider appreciation of international
law, in particular those activities which are of special benefit to
persons from developing countries,
      Reaffirming its resolutions 2464 (XXIII) of 20 December 1968,
2550 (XXIV) of 12 December 1969, 2838 (XXVI) of 18 December 1971, 3106
(XXVIII) of 12 December 1973, 3502 (XXX) of 15 December 1975, 32/146
of 16 December 1977, 36/108 of 10 December 1981 and 38/129 of 19
December 1983, in which it stated or recalled that in the conduct of
the Programme it was desirable to use as far as possible the resources
and facilities made available by Member States, international
organizations and others, as well as its resolutions 34/144 of
17 December 1979, 40/66 of 11 December 1985, 42/148 of 7 December
1987, 44/28 of 4 December 1989, 46/50 of 9 December 1991 and 48/29, in
which, in addition, it expressed or reaffirmed the hope that, in
appointing lecturers for the seminars to be held within the framework
of the fellowship programme in international law, account would be
taken of the need to secure representation of major legal systems and
balance among various geographical regions,
      1.    Approves the guidelines and recommendations contained in
section III of the report of the Secretary-General and adopted by the
Advisory Committee on the United Nations Programme of Assistance in
the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of
International Law, in particular those designed to achieve the best
possible results in the administration of the Programme within a
policy of maximum financial restraint;
      2.    Authorizes the Secretary-General to carry out in 1996 and
1997 the activities specified in his report, including the provision
of:
      (a)   A number of international law fellowships in both 1996 and
1997, to be determined in the light of the overall resources for the
Programme and to be awarded at the request of Governments of
developing countries;
      (b)   A minimum of one scholarship in both 1996 and 1997 under the
Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe Memorial Fellowship on the Law of the
Sea, subject to the availability of new voluntary contributions made
specifically to the fellowship fund;
      (c)   Subject to the overall resources for the Programme,
assistance in the form of a travel grant for one participant from each
developing country, who would be invited to possible regional courses
to be organized in 1996 and 1997; 
and to finance the above activities from provisions in the regular
budget, when appropriate, as well as from voluntary financial
contributions earmarked for each of the activities concerned, which
would be received as a result of the requests set out in paragraphs
13, 14 and 15 below;
      3.    Expresses its appreciation to the Secretary-General for his
constructive efforts to promote training and assistance in
international law within the framework of the Programme in 1994 and
1995, in particular for the organization of the thirtieth  2/ and
thirty-first  3/ sessions of the International Law Seminar, held at
Geneva from 24 May to 10 June 1994 and from 22 May to 9 June 1995,
respectively, and for the activities of the Office of Legal Affairs of
the Secretariat related to the fellowship programme in international
law and to the Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe Memorial Fellowship on the
Law of the Sea, carried out, respectively, through its Codification
Division and its Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea;
      4.    Requests the Secretary-General to consider the possibility
of admitting, for participation in the various components of the
Programme of Assistance, candidates from countries willing to bear the
entire cost of such participation;
      5.    Also requests the Secretary-General to consider the relative
advantages of using available resources and voluntary contributions
for regional, subregional or national courses, as against courses
organized within the United Nations system;
      6.    Invites interested States to consider the option of
financing the translation and publication of the Judgments of the
International Court of Justice;
      7.    Welcomes the efforts undertaken by the Office of Legal
Affairs to bring up to date the United Nations Treaty Series and the
United Nations Juridical Yearbook;
      8.    Expresses its appreciation to the United Nations Institute
for Training and Research for its participation in the Programme
through the activities described in the report of the
Secretary-General;
      9.    Also expresses its appreciation to the United Nations
Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization for its
participation in the Programme through the activities described in the
report of the Secretary-General;
      10.   Further expresses its appreciation to the Hague Academy of
International Law for the valuable contribution it continues to make
to the Programme which has enabled candidates under the international
law fellowship programme to attend and participate in the Programme in
conjunction with the Academy courses;
      11.   Notes with appreciation the contributions of the Hague
Academy of International Law to the teaching, study, dissemination and
wider appreciation of international law, and calls on Member States
and interested organizations to give favourable consideration to the
appeal of the Academy for a continuation of support and a possible
increase in their financial contributions, to enable the Academy to
carry out its activities, particularly those relating to the summer
courses, regional courses and programmes of the Centre for Studies and
Research in International Law and International Relations;
      12.   Urges all States and relevant international organizations,
whether regional or universal, to make all possible efforts to
implement the goals and carry out the activities contemplated in
section IV of the programme of activities for the third term
(1995-1996) of the United Nations Decade of International Law, dealing
with the encouragement of the teaching, study, dissemination and wider
appreciation of international law and contained in the annex to its
resolution 49/50;
      13.   Requests the Secretary-General to continue to publicize the
Programme and periodically to invite Member States, universities,
philanthropic foundations and other interested national and
international institutions and organizations, as well as individuals,
to make voluntary contributions towards the financing of the Programme
or otherwise to assist in its implementation and possible expansion;
      14.   Reiterates its request to Member States and to interested
organizations and individuals to make voluntary contributions, inter
alia, for the International Law Seminar, for the fellowship programme
in international law and for the Hamilton Shirley Amerasinghe Memorial
Fellowship on the Law of the Sea, and expresses its appreciation to
those Member States, institutions and individuals which have made
voluntary contributions for this purpose;
      15.   Urges in particular all Governments to make voluntary
contributions for the organization of regional refresher courses in
international law by the United Nations Institute for Training and
Research, especially with a view to covering the amount needed for the
financing of the daily subsistence allowance for up to twenty-five
participants in each regional course, thus alleviating the burden on
prospective host countries and making it possible for the Institute to
continue to organize the regional courses;
      16.   Requests the Secretary-General to report to the General
Assembly at its fifty-second session on the implementation of the
Programme during 1996 and 1997 and, following consultations with the
Advisory Committee on the United Nations Programme of Assistance in
the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of
International Law, to submit recommendations regarding the execution
of the Programme in subsequent years;
      17.   Decides to appoint twenty-five Member States, six from
Africa, five from Asia, three from Eastern Europe, five from Latin
America and the Caribbean and six from Western Europe and other
States, as members of the Advisory Committee on the United Nations
Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and
Wider Appreciation of International Law, for a period of four years
beginning on 1 January 1996;  4/
      18.   Decides to include in the provisional agenda of its
fifty-second session the item entitled "United Nations Programme of
Assistance in the Teaching, Study, Dissemination and Wider
Appreciation of International Law".
                                                          87th plenary meeting
                                                              11 December 1995
                                     Notes
1/   A/50/726.
2/   See Official Records of the General Assembly, Forty-ninth
Session, Supplement No. 10 (A/49/10), chap. VI, sect. G.
3/   Ibid., Fiftieth Session, Supplement No. 10 (A/50/10), chap.
VII, sect. E.
4/   States appointed members of the Advisory Committee on the
United Nations Programme of Assistance in the Teaching, Study,
Dissemination and Wider Appreciation of International Law are the
following:  Canada, Colombia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Ethiopia,
France, Germany, Ghana, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Italy, Jamaica,
Kenya, Lebanon, Malaysia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Portugal, Russian
Federation, Sudan, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, United Republic of
Tanzania, United States of America and Uruguay.

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