This is the first time that the Baltic States have jointly nominated a candidate for the Commission. As the result of an active campaign, Mārtiņš Paparinskis succeeded in securing one of three vacant seats in the Eastern European States group. there were seven candidates in all, but all three Baltic states gave their backing to Paparinskis.
"By nominating their candidate, Latvia and the Baltic States have confirmed their preparedness to the strengthening of international law and multilateral international relations. It is vital that a representative of the Baltic States will take part in, and contribute to development processes in international law when answers are being sought to new global challenges," said confirmation of the election from the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Latvia is also planning a run for one of the non-permanent seats on the United Nations Security Council in 2025.
The main task of the International Law Commission (ILC) is the progressive development of international law and its codification. The ILC was established in 1947 and is composed of 34 independent experts elected by the UN General Assembly. The ILC has led to the adoption of many important instruments of international law.