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United States: legal resources: Treaties

Subjects: American Studies, Law

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US treaty practice

The US is only a signatory to the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties 1969

For basis of US Treaty-making practice see Article II, Section 2, Clause 2, of the United States Constitution  the President of the United States "shall have Power, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, to make Treaties, provided two thirds of the Senators present concur[.]"

United States often enters into international agreements by way of "Executive Agreements"  (either "Presidential" or "Congressional" Executive Agreements). The US understanding is that these are not treaties.