GA6: Legal Committee
The sixth committee was created to address legal issues that emerged from the General Assembly. Also referred to as the Legal committee, it is the primary forum for the consideration of legal questions in the General Assembly (GA). In addition, the Committee makes recommendations to the GA on how to enact resolutions in accordance with national laws and regulations of member states. Moreover, it advises the Secretary General and his Secretariat on legal affairs and draws the legal framework for treaties and other documents and resolutions proposed by the GA.
The Committee was created under the mandate of Article 13(a) of the UN Charter. This was in accordance with the United Nations’ agenda to create an avenue for promoting international cooperation in the political field and progressive development of international law. The committee’s composition is based on universal membership. All Member States are entitled to representation on the Sixth Committee. They meet annually from late September through late November. In the just ended seventy-first (71st) session, the committee deliberated on numerous topics including international terrorism, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law’s repair, diplomatic protection, and criminal accountability of United Nations officials and experts on mission. The session lasted from 3 October to 11 November 2016.