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Treaties & treaty law: Treaty Texts, Actions, Status, Participants

Role of United Nations

The 2019 OUP publication (above) " ... argues that the greatest contribution of the UN is not what it has achieved (improvements in health and economic development) or avoided (global war or the use of weapons of mass destruction). It is, instead, the process through which the UN has transformed the structure of international law to expand the range and depth of subjects covered by treaties. The book offers the first sustained analysis of the UN as a forum in which and an institution through which treaties are negotiated and implemented"

For more guidance on the United Nations, please visit the Official Papers Guide

Historic Treaties

Where is the full text online?

Holders of an Oxford SSO looking for the texts of treaties from CTS, LNTS, UNTS  or ILM are advised to use one of the following subscription databases

Free online sources for texts of treaties

Most of the modern treaty series are also freely accessible via websites maintained by governments, international organizations or treaty secretariats. Some of the major ones are listed below.

Status & participants : finding the facts