The Legal Committee

The Sixth Committee of General Assembly (also known as the Legal Committee) is one of six main committees of the General Assembly of the United Nations. It is the primary forum for the address of legal matters, mainly concerning public international law, within the framework of the United Nations. In particular, the Committee is responsible for the negotiation and the adoption of new international treaties, the hearing of the annual reports of its reporting bodies (International Law Commission, United Nations Commission on International Trade Law, ad hoc Committees, etc) and the adoption of Reports to be considered by the General Assembly. All 193 member states of the UN may be represented in the meetings of the Sixth Committee.

Topics

1. The Issue of State Responsibility for Environmental Damage

State responsibility for internationally wrongful acts is one of the fundamental principles of
international law. However, recently the notion of state responsibility has been evolved into new
forms that are related to environmental damage. Specifically, the international community is
currently discussing the possibility of attributing international responsibility to a state that causes
damage to the environment. In such cases, the state will be obliged to make full reparation of
such damage, including damage to the environment in and of itself. To this extend, the Sixth
Committee of the GA will deal with issues such as the distinction between state responsibility
and liability, the definition of environmental damage, issues related to the degree of damage, the
issue of reparation or compensation as well as restoration of the environment after armed
conflicts.

2. The Changing Dimensions of International Terrorism: Implementing the Global
Counter-Terrorism Strategy

Nowadays, the concept of International terrorism is shifted as more complex forms of terrorism
(such as nuclear terrorism) are unfortunately taking place and threaten the lives of millions of
people. While Member States have strengthened their capacities to prevent and respond to such
terrorist acts, the need for a comprehensive global approach, both for prevention and for
resilience remains critical. To this extend, the Sixth Committee of the GA as the committee
responsible for the drafting of a comprehensive convention on international terrorism, shall
discuss on various critical matters including the definition of international terrorism, the actors of
terrorists acts, whether or not terrorism constitutes a crime against humanity or war crime, to
what extend the use of force can be justified when we deal with terrorist attacks as well as
counter terrorism and its impact on human rights.

Chairpersons 

Anastasia Tilemachou
Elli-Zoi Pervanidi (Eliza)

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