Foreword by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation
It is with great pleasure that the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone presents the candidature of Professor Dr. Charles C. Jalloh of Florida International University for re-election to the United Nations International Law Commission (“ILC”) during the seventy-sixth session of the United Nations General Assembly in November 2021. Sierra Leone is also pleased that Professor Jalloh is not only a candidate endorsed by the African Group, endorsed by the Executive Council of the African Union in October 2020, but that he has also been co-nominated by the Republic of Chile and New Zealand.
The ILC is the principal expert body tasked with assisting the General Assembly with the fulfillment of its mandate under Article 13 of the Charter of the United Nations of initiating studies and making recommendations for the purpose of encouraging the promotion of the progressive development of international law and its codification. The ILC, which the General Assembly established in 1947, is comprised of 34 persons of recognized competence in international law. Nine out of the 34 independent experts, who serve pro bono and in their individual capacity, will be elected from the Group of African States. The remaining 25 members come from the other regional groups. This helps to ensure that, in accordance with the ILC Statute and the relevant resolutions of the General Assembly, the ILC is representative of the main forms of civilization and of the principal legal systems of the world.
The Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone attaches great importance to the work of the ILC and values its historic contributions to the establishment of a rule-based international legal system. Over the past 72 years, the ILC has played a significant role in the codification of several general and specialized areas of international law. Some of the instruments form part of the bedrock of modern international relations including multilateral conventions on diplomatic and consular relations, the law of the sea, the law of treaties and international criminal law. Sierra Leone is proud to have joined several treaties that initially developed in the ILC. The nomination of Professor Dr. Jalloh reflects the strong support of the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone for the mandate and role of the ILC as the principal codification body of the United Nations. It also reflects our firm view that, taking into account the pressing challenges today facing States in both traditional and newer areas of international law, only the most highly qualified and most highly committed international lawyers should be elected to the Commission.
As a respected scholar and member of the ILC, who has amply demonstrated his ability to contribute to its work during his first term, the Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone is convinced that, if re-elected, Professor Jalloh will continue to make useful contributions to the work of the ILC in the next quinquennium.
The Government of the Republic of Sierra Leone would therefore highly appreciate the valuable support of all Member States of the United Nations for his candidacy.