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Foreign and International Legal Research

Treaties and International Agreements

Black's Law Dictionary (10th Edition) defines 'Treaty' as "An agreement formally signed, ratified, or adhered to between two countries or sovereigns; an international agreement concluded between two or more states in written form and governed by international law."

A treaty may be bilateral (between two parties) or multilateral (between multiple parties).  Treaties may also be referred to by other names such as: international conventions or agreements, covenants, final acts, charters, memorandums of understandings, protocols, pacts, accords, and constitutions for international organizations. 

Locating Treaty Texts

Full Text Sources - United States

Library Print and Database Resources

Subscription Databases

United Nations & Multilateral Treaties and Indexes

Treaty Indexes


Library Print Collection

Recent or Pending Treaties

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