New Opportunities for Nongovernmental Actors in the International Law Commission

7 Pages Posted: 29 May 2010 Last revised: 31 Mar 2014

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Steve Charnovitz

George Washington University - Law School

Date Written: 2010


Four years ago, I wrote an essay for the Centennial celebration of the American Journal of International Law on the topic of “Nongovernmental Organizations and International Law.” In the section of that essay where I discussed whether, under international law, states and international organizations have a duty to consult nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), I surveyed some current practices of consultation in international organizations. My invitation to participate in this symposium has presented me an opportunity to revisit those thoughts, to conduct more research, and to update our scholarship on how the ILC processes use input from private actors.

My presentation contains three parts: First, my paper will survey ILC practices and trends in consultations with NGOs, business groups, academics, and practitioners. Second, my paper will discuss why the ILC should consult NGOs. Third, my paper will offer concrete proposals for additional steps that the ILC should take to enhance its dialogue with private economic and social actors.

Keywords: international law, international organization, nongovernmental organization, civil society, United Nations

Suggested Citation

Charnovitz, Steve, New Opportunities for Nongovernmental Actors in the International Law Commission (2010). GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 508, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 508, Available at SSRN: or

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