Posted on November 10, 2016
The Faculty of Law at the University of Pretoria is proud to announce that Professor Dire Tladi, from the Faculty's Department of Public Law, was re-elected by 153 votes to the United Nations International Law Commission (ILC) by the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday, 3 November 2016. The ILC, a subsidiary organ of the General Assembly, was established in 1947 to undertake the mandate of the Assembly, under article 13 (1) (a) of the Charter of the United Nations, to 'initiate studies and make recommendations for the purpose of...encouraging the progressive development of international law and its codification'.
Professor Tladi was first elected to the Commission in November 2011. In 2014 he was appointed to serve as its Special Rapporteur for the topic Jus Cogens. Since his first appointment at the end of May 2015, Professor Tladi has lead the Commission to give content to Jus Cogens by identifying how rules and norms are elevated to the status of Jus Cogens and determining the impact of these norms.
 Jus Cogens is a body of peremptory principles or norms from which no derogation is permitted; those norms recognised by the international community as a whole as being fundamental to the maintenance of an international legal order. Elementary rules that concern the safeguarding of peace and notably those that prohibit recourse to force or the threat of force. Norms of a humanitarian nature are included, such as prohibitions against genocide, slavery and racial discrimination. Therefore, Jus Cogens may operate to invalidate a treaty or agreement between states that is found to be inconsistent with any such principles or norms.
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