Human Rights: Treaties - Further Sources and Research Guides

UN Treaties

OHCHR: List of Treaties

Contains the text and status information for all UN human rights related international instruments.

UN Treaty Series Collection

Electronic database for the official UN texts.

Treaty Bodies Database

Contains the texts of the treaties governing the treaty bodies plus status information.

Its aim is to enhance the implementation of the human rights legal standards of the United Nations and to increase access to these documents by making materials associated with the treaty system available in electronic and user-friendly form.

International Law Commission

Established in 1948, the International Law Commission's mandate is the progressive development and codification of international law, in accordance with article 13(1)(a) of the Charter of the United Nations.. The site contains texts, instruments and reports, documentation such as yearbooks, annual reports and summaries. The site also includes ananalytical guide to the work of the Commission including the broad headings of: sources of international law; subjects of international law; succession of states; state jurisdiction/immunity from jurisdictions; law of international organizations; position of the individual in international law; international criminal law; law of international spaces; law of international relations; and settlement of disputes.

Council Of Europe


Council of Europe website containing the complete listing of Council of Europe treaties, including the full text and explanatory reports.

European Conventions and Agreements: European Treaty Series

Print collection located in The Library at J 273 on Floor 4.

Inter-American System

Organisation of American States: Treaties

Treaty page from the OAS, Dept. of Legal Affairs. The site contains the text of the treaties and signatories & ratifications by year, subject and alphabetically.

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights: Basic Texts

This site contains all the basic texts of treaties, declarations and protocols pertaining to human rights in the Inter-American system, plus signatures and ratification information.

University of Minnesota: Human Rights Library: Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Contains the text of the Charter of the Organization of American States; the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man; and the American Convention on Human Rights.

African Union

African Union: Official Site

Contains the text of all AU treaties plus status of ratification.

African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights

Contains the text of the African [Banjul] Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights, the African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child, the Convention Governing the Specific Aspects of Refugee Problems in Africa, and the Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights on the Rights of Women in Africa, plus the Constitutive Act of the African Union.

African Human Rights Instruments

From the African Resource Centre, Human Rights Library, University of Minnesota the site contains the text of treaties and status information.

Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria: Treaties

Contains the text of AU treaties.

Geneva Conventions

OHCHR: List of Treaties

Includes a section on humanitarian law and the bottom of the page, site includes the text of the treaties plus status.

International Committee of the Red Cross: Geneva Conventions

Site includes the text of the treaties plus commentary.

International Humanitarian Law database

Another site from ICRC containing about 100 IHL treaties, commentaries on the four Geneva Conventions and their Additional Protocols, an up-to-date list of signatures and ratifications and full text of reservations.

National Implementation Database

Again a site from the ICRC providing documentation and commentaries concerning the implementation of international humanitarian law at national level. The number of States included will steadily increase over time.

Research Guides

The Albert Sloman Library Human Rights Guide

Includes terminology and paper and online sources. See also the sections on treaties,UN treaties, Council of Europe treaties, Inter-American treaties and the African Union.

Key Terms in the UN Treaty Collection

Definitions of terms used in relation to treaties, provided as part of the UN Treaty Collection Database (see above)

Glossary of Terms relating to treaty actions

Provided as part of the UN Treaty Collection Database (see above).

À la Recherche des Travaux Préparatoires: An Approach to Researching the Drafting History of International Agreements

Written by Jonathan Pratter this is an excellent research guide for those interested in tracing Travaux Préparatoires.

Web Directories

World War I Archive

This archive of primary documents from World War One has been assembled by volunteers of the World War I Military History List (WWI-L). International in focus, the archive intends to present in one location primary documents concerning the Great War. From pre-1914 to post-1918.

Avalon Project: Documents in Law, History and Diplomacy

From Yale Law School the site includes documents from 4000BCE to the 21st Century.


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