Inter-American Juridical Committee (IAJC)

Comité juridique interaméricain
Comité Juridico Interamericano (CJI)

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23 Sep - 3 Oct 1939, Panama, at 1st meeting of Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the American Republics, as Inter-American Committee on Neutrality. Present name adopted 15 Jan 1942, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), at 3rd meeting of Ministers. On adoption of the Charter of D-XD3030 - OAS, 30 Mar 1948, Bogota, at 9th International Conference of American States, became the executive body of H-XH0194 - Inter-American Council of Jurists, created by the Charter. The Council was later abolished under an amendment to the Charter, 1967, Buenos Aires (Argentina), at 3rd Special Inter-American Conference. The Committee is the principal advisory juridical organ of OAS, in accordance with the OAS Charter as amended by the Protocol of Buenos Aires of 1967, the Protocol of Cartagena de Indias of 1985, the Protocol of Washington of 1992 and the Protocol of Managua (Nicaragua) of 1993.


Serve OAS as an advisory body on juridical matters; promote progressive development and codification of international law; study juridical problems related to the integration of developing countries of the Hemisphere and, as may appear desirable, the possibility of attaining uniformity in their legislation.


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Committee (meeting in regular session twice a year) consists of 11 jurists, nationals of OAS member states, elected by OAS General Assembly for 4-year terms.

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