“We the peoples of the United Nations, determined to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, …”
– Preamble of the Charter of the United Nations
The LEGAL Committee is the Sixth Main Committee of the UN General Assembly. While international law-making negotiations may take place in a number of specialised bodies of the UN, negotiations related to general international law are usually held at the Sixth Committee. The mandate includes making recommendations in order to encourage the progressive development of international law and its codification (Art. 13 of the UN Charter). In practice, the LEGAL Committee elaborates on new treaties, adopts them and recommends them to states for their subsequent signature, ratification, and accession.
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