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Egypt becomes a member of the International Law Commission for 2023-2027 – Foreign Affairs – Egypt

Permanent Representative of Egypt to the UN Oussama Abdel-Khalek. File photo

Created by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in 1947, the International Law Commission is charged with helping to develop and codify international law.

The commission is composed of 34 experts with academic and legal expertise in the field of international law elected by the UNGA every five years.

Fathallah will represent Africa on the commission, reflecting the international community’s confidence in Egypt and its cadres, Egypt’s permanent representative to the UN Oussama Abdel-Khalek said in a statement.

Egypt, as a founding country of the UN, is always keen to contribute to strengthening the rule of law at the international level, Abdel-Khalek said.

He added that strenuous efforts were made by Egypt to obtain the necessary votes for the Egyptian candidate to win this difficult election.

The International Law Commission, established in 1947, is to include eight African nationals, seven Asia-Pacific nationals, three Eastern European nationals, six Latin American and Caribbean nationals and eight Western European nationals and other states, according to its website.

Members also include one national from African or Eastern European States on a rotational basis and another from Asia-Pacific or Latin American and Caribbean States on a rotational basis.

Fathallah succeeds Egyptian Ambassador Hussein Hassouna, member of the Commission since 2007 and its vice-president in 2012 and 2017.

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