This is the third of a three volume set, the publication of which will mark the fiftieth anniversary of the International Law Commission, the UN body principally responsible for the codification and development of international law. Together, the three volumes will collect the full texts of the Commission's final draft Articles and Commentaries, and other final reports, on all the topics on which it has completed work during its first fifty years, up to and including 1998. They will also contain the texts of all the treaties which have been concluded on the basis of the Commission's draft Articles. In this work, each topic is placed in context by a short but authoritative introductory note from the editor, a summary of the Commission's work, and a select bibliography. Topics covered in the third volume include: (in Part II) Rights and Duties of States; International Offences; Statelessness; Arbitration; Internatioanal Representatives of Staes; State Immunity and (in Part III) Customary International Law; Aggression.
Sir Arthur Watts read Law at Cambridge, then joined the Foreign Office (now the Foreign & Commonwealth Office) in 1956 as an assistant legal adviser. After a varied career with the FCO, he became Deputy Legal Adviser in 1982 and The Legal Adviser in 1987. He retired in 1991, and took up practice at the Bar. He has appeared in a number of cases before the International Court of Justice, as well as participating in several international arbitrations. Since 1996
he has also been the international mediator for succession issues arising from the break up of the former Yugoslavia.