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Legislation: Treaties

Key points

  • treaties may be defined as an international agreement concluded between States, governed by international law.
  • also be referred to as conventions, international agreements, covenants, international instruments, charters and protocols.
  • may be bi–lateral (between two States) or multi–lateral (covering more than two States).
  • treaties and international agreements entered into by any Member of the United Nations must be registered and published

Finding treaties

The first step to locating a treaty is getting the citation to a treaty. The following resources are treaty indexes and lists which provide treaty citation information:

The following are print indexes held in the International Law Collection:

  • Rohn. World treaty index (1900-1980)
  • Wiktor. Multilateral treaty calendar