Sri Lanka has secured a place in UN International Law Commission. Foreign Ministry Legal Advisor Dr. Rohan Perera was elected by the UN General Assembly in New York on Thursday. `He polled 138 votes and secured one of the seven seats allocated to the Asian region,` a ministry spokesman said. Eleven candidates had represented Asia. The complete results of the balloting for the Asian region were as follows: Japan ? 144, India ? 141, China ? 140, Sri Lanka ? 138, Qatar ? 138, Indonesia ? 135 and Jordan ? 122.
Dr. Perera has served for over thirty years in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, initially as Assistant Legal Advisor and thereafter as Legal Advisor. He is also the current Chairman of the UN Ad-hoc Committee on Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism, which recently concluded the International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.
The Ad-hoc Committee is currently negotiating the Comprehensive Convention on Terrorism. Dr. Perera also serves as a Member of the Group of Legal and Constitutional Experts appointed by the President to advise the All Party Representatives Committee on a Constitutional Framework.
The International Law Commission was established in 1949 by the General Assembly and entrusted with the codification and progressive development of international law.
The Commission comprises 34 members elected on a regional basis for a period of five years. The Vienna convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Vienna Convention on the Law of the Treaties are among the achievements of the International Law Commission. It is currently entrusted with the preparation of Draft Articles on topics such as Diplomatic Protection, Shared Natural Resources and the Responsibility of International Organizations.