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International Law

A guide to help law students with research for International law

Top Sources for Treaties

United States is a Party 

United States is NOT (necessarily) a party

Other Sources for Treaties

Free Web Sources

Limited coverage of treaties on Lexis and Westlaw

Tutorials and Guides for Finding Treaties

Human Rights Treaties

Regional Human Rights Systems

There are regional human rights systems in Europe, the Americas and Africa. These have their own treaties, reporting structures, and complaint systems. These are the major human rights treaties for each region:

For more treaties from each region, click here to read chapter 3 of the U.N.'s Human Rights in the Administration of Justice: A Manual on Human Rights for Judges, Prosecutors and Lawyers.


Eight Main U.N. Human Rights Treaties

There are eight main U.N. human rights treaties. Each treaty has a corresponding "treaty body" which administers the treaty, keeps track of state parties and their reservations and declarations, receives and responds to reports compiled by state parties, and hears complaints in accordance with the treaty. 

Finding Treaties and Other Documents Related to Treaty Bodies