Office of Legal Affairs

General Assembly

Topic A

Reformation of the United
Nations Peacekeeping Force

Backgrounder coming soon

Topic B

International Labour Standards

Backgrounder coming soon

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Dais team

Monica Song

Director

Alex Oh

Chair

Naya Sedivy

Chair

About

LEGAL

The Sixth Committee, also known as LEGAL, is the primary forum for the consideration of legal questions in the General Assembly. Its mandate consists of promoting the development of public international law and its codification. All of the United Nations Member States are entitled to representation on LEGAL as one of the main committees of the General Assembly.

Established on February 13th 1946, LEGAL provides a unified central legal service for the many other organs of the United Nations. The Sixth Committee has universal membership; all member states of the United Nations are de jure members of LEGAL. The committee not only contributes to the progressive development and codification of international public and trade law, but also, following Article 102 of the UN Charter, registers, publishes, and serves as a depository of international treaties. Practice following the mentioned article has interpreted this provision as a broad authorization to elaborate new treaties on the widest range of issues, to adopt them, and to recommend them to states for their subsequent signature, ratification, and accession.

Besides its LEGAL also functions to promote the strengthening and development as well as the effective implementation of the international legal order for the seas and oceans.