Alain Pellet


Alain Pellet is Professor Emeritus at the University Paris (Centre de Droit International (CEDIN)). He is a former member and chairperson of the International Law Commission,an honorary President of the French Society for International Law, President of the Institute of International Law and former member of the Panel of ICSID Arbitrators. He is the author of several books and many articles in international law and has appeared before the ICJ in more than 60 cases.

Recently Published

Open Letter to my Russian Friends: Ukraine is Not Crimea

In reaction to the incorporation of Crimea into the Russian Federation, I had written that the use of Russian armed force against Ukraine is contrary to one of the most fundamental principles of contemporary international law and can be qualified as an “aggression” (Le Monde, 14 March 2014). This applies all the more to the use of armed…

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Codification Illustrated: 70 years of the International Law Commission in pictures

In 2018, a photo exhibition illustrating 70 years of ILC activities was shown in New York and Geneva, and later in Bangkok, The Hague and Washington. In view of its success, the Codification Division, which organised the exhibition – and which ensures the Commission’s secretariat – has taken the initiative of publishing a brilliantly illustrated and intelligently commented…

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The ILC Guide to Practice on Reservations to Treaties: Some General Remarks

On 16 December 2013, by adopting resolution 68/111, the General Assembly completed a 21-year study on the codification and progressive development of the law on reservations to treaties. In its resolution, the GA takes note of the Guide to Practice on Reservations to Treaties, the text of which had been adopted by the International Law Commission (ILC) on…

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