BY: DR BABALOLA ABEGUNDE
The idea of developing International Law through the restatement of existing rules or through the formulation of new rules is not a recent phenomenon.
Enthusiasm for the “codification movement” generally stems from the belief that written International Law would remove the uncertainties of customary international law by filling existing gaps in the law, as well as by giving precision to abstract general principles whose practical application is not settled. In carrying out this research, both primary and secondary sources of data are utilised. The primary sources include International Treaties, Statutes, Charters, etc, while, secondary sources include Textbooks, Yearbooks, journals, internet materials and so on. All the data were subjected to content and contextual analysis.
The International Law Commission (ILC) is one of the least understood / appreciated legal institutions on the global scene,. Hence, this paper intends to increase awareness on the functions of the ILC and how it develops and codifies international law. It also aims ar holistically appraising the activities of the International Law Commission (ILC) hereinafter called “the commission”, its evolution, legal frameworks, functions, membership and prospects. It ends with concluding remarks and recommendations.