Interpretation & Legislative History

This guide is a comprehensive resource to finding treaties to which the United States is a party -- official and unofficial, bilateral and multi-lateral, print and electronic.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Ryan Harrington in the Foreign and International offices on L1.

Prepared by Teresa Miguel, Yale and Marylin Raisch, Georgetown.

1er congrès international des tribunaux pour enfants, Paris, 29 juin-1er juillet 1911: Actes du congrès, travaux préparatoires, comptes rendus analytiques et sténographiques publiés au nom du Comité d organisation
Marcel Kleine - 1912
Actes et documents de la neuvieme a la vingtieme session / Conférence de La Haye de droit international privé (1960-2005)
Proceedings of the 9th through the 20th session of the Hague Conference on Private International Law (1960-2005).9th session (5 - 26 Oct 1960): Miscellaneous Matters, Legalization, Form of wills, Protection of Children.10th session (7 -28 Oct 1964): Divorce, Adoption, Notification, Contract forum.Special Meeting (13 - 26 April 1966): Execution of judgments.11th session (7 - 26 Oct 1968): Miscellaneous Matters, Divorce, Traffic Accidents, Taking evidence abroad.12th session (2 - 21 Oct 1972): Miscellaneous Matters, Administration of estates, Product Liability, Maintenance Obligations.13th session (4-23 Oct 1976): Miscellaneous Matters, Matrimonial Property Regimes, Marriage, Agency.14th session (6 - 25 Oct 1980): Miscellaneous Matters, Consumer Sales.15th session (8 - 20 Oct 1984): Miscellaneous Matters, Trusts - applicable law and recognition.16th session (3 - 20 Oct 1988): Miscellaneous Matters, Succession to estates - applicable law.17th session (10 - 29 May 1993): Miscellaneous Matters, Centenary, Adoption - Cooperation.18th session (30 Sept - 19 Oct 1996): Miscellaneous Matters, Protection of Children.Special Commission (20 Sept - 2 Oct 1999): Protection of Adults.19th session (6 - 22 June 2001, 2 - 13 Dec 2002): Miscellaneous Matters, Securities.20th session (14 - 30 June 2005): Choice of Court.
Berlingieri on arrest of ships : a commentary on the 1952 and 1999 arrest conventions (2000 ed.)
Berlingieri on arrest of ships : a commentary on the 1952 and 1999 Arrest Conventions (2006 ed.)
By Francesco Berlingieri ; foreword by Jean-Serge Rohart.
Charter of the United Nations Commentary and Documents
On the Charter of the United Nations
Charter travaux preparatoires and United Nations powers to use armed force
On the Charter of the United Nations.Chittharanjan Felix Amerasinghe, Charter travaux preparatoires and United Nations powers to use armed force, 4 Canadian Yearbook of International Law 81-81.
CIS Senate Executive Documents and Reports
Microfiche with two-volume index, 1817-1969.
Collected edition of the travaux préparatoires of the European Convention on Human Rights = Recueil des travaux préparatoires de la Convention européenne des droits de l homme
By Council of Europe
Conference on Consular Relations, 1963
Conference on Diplomatic Intercourse and Immunities, 1961
Conference on Law of the Treaties, 1968-1969
Conference on Succession of States in Respect of State Property, Archives, and Debts, 1983
Conference on Succession of States in Respect of Treaties, 1977-1978
Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court, 1998
Conference on the Law of Treaties between States and International Organizations or between International Organizations, 1986
Conference on the Representation of States in their Relations with International Organizations, 1975
Congressional Hearings
Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearings & GPO
Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide on 9 December 1948
Department of State Dispatch
Bureau of Public Affairs. Vols. 1-10. 1990-1999. All Published.
Developments in customary international law : theory and the practice of the International Court of Justice and the international ad hoc criminal tribunals for Rwanda and Yugoslavia
By Birgit Schlütter.
Die Amerikanische Deklaration der Rechte und Pflichten des Menschen
On the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man
Digest of United States Practice in International Law
1973-Present.Vols. 1-8 (1973-1980); Dept. of State.
Final record of the Diplomatic Conference of Geneva of 1949.
Final record of the diplomatic conference convened by the Swiss Federal Council for the establishment of international conventions for the protection of war victims and held at Geneva from April 21st to August 12th, 1949.
Foreign Relations of the United States
1948-1976..
Guide to the travaux préparatoires of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
By Marc J. Bossuyt ; preface by John P.Humphrey
Guide to the Travaux Preparatoires of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights
On the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.Additional Sources:Daniel Turp, Guide to the “travaux préparatoires” of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Book Review), 26 Canadian Yearbook of International Law 445-452.Hurst Hannum, Guide to the “Travaux préparatoires” of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Book Review), 82 American Journal of International Law 680-682.Rita E. Hauser, The U.N. Decade for Women (Book Review); Guide to the “travaux préparatoires” of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (Book Review), 82 American Journal of International Law 682-684.
International Institute for the Unification of Private Law (UNIDROIT)
This website containts a variety of UNIDROIT's publications and documents, including travaux preparatoires
International Labour Conference - Travaux preparatoires
La protection internationale du droit d auteur: contribution aux travaux préparatoires de la Conférence diplomatique de Rome pour la révision de la Convention de Berne
International Institute of Intellectual Co-operation - 1928
Law of the Sea, 1973-1982
Le Travail temporaire dans la société moderne III: travaux préparatoires à la conférence de Genève 5-6 mai 1982
International Institute for Temporary WorkTranslation of the French: The Temporary work in modern society III: preparations for the Geneva Conference 5-6 May 1982
Les circonscriptions indigènes: commentaire du décret du 5 décembre 1933, d après l exposé des motifs, les travaux préparatoires et le rapport du Conseil Colonial
J Magotte - 1934
NATO
(North Atlantic Treaty Organization)
Access: Unrestricted
Nice Agreement (1958 Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards)
Notice sur les travaux préparatoires du canal maritime et sur les nouvelles études des barrages
Translation of the French: "Instructions on the preparation of the ship canal and new dams studies"
OEA/Ser.K/XVI/1.2 Conferencia Especializada Interamericana sobre Derechos Humanos, San José, Costa Rica 7-22 de noviembre de 1969, Actas y Documentos
Draft of the American Convention on Human Rights in Spanish
Projet de statut de la Communauté politique européenne: travaux préparatoires
Translation of the French: Draft Statute of the European Political Community: preparatory work
Public Papers of the Presidents of the United States
1929-Present.
Ratification of the Single European Act: travaux préparatoires
EC, Court of Justice - 1993
The African Charter on Human and Peoples Rights The System in Practice 1986-2006
On the African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights
The Charter of the United Nations A Commentary
On the Charter of the United Nations
The International Covenant on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights: A Perspective on its Development
The international law of human rights and states of exception : with special reference to the travaux préparatoires and case-law of the international monitoring organs
By Anna-Lena Svensson-McCarthy.
The International Law of Human Rights and States of Exception with special reference to the Travaux Preparatoires and Case-Law of the International Monitoring Organs
On the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.
The Laws of War - A Comprehensive Collection of Primary Documents on International Laws Governing Armed Conflict
On the Convention Respecting the Rights and Duties of Neutral Powers and Persons in case of War on Land
The legislative history of the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act and the Travaux préparatoires of the Hague rules
Compiled and edited by Michael F. Sturley with translations by Caroline Boyle
The Refugee Convention, 1951 : the travaux préparatoires analysed, with a commentary
By Paul Weis
The travaux préparatoires of multilateral treaties
The Travaux Préparatoires of the Crime of Aggression
The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
On the Convention on the Rights of the Child
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights A History of Its Creation and Implementation 1948-1998
On the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Its Origin, Significance, Application and Interpretation
On the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights Origins, Drafting, and Intent
On the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 2013: The Travaux Preparatoires
Edited by William A. Schabas
The Vienna convention on the law of treaties : travaux préparatoires = Die Wiener Vertragsrechtskonvention : Materialien zur Entstehung d. einzelnen Vorschr.
The work of the International Law Commission
Travaux preparatoires of the International Law Commission - print and online versions.
Traité instituant la Communauté européenne du charbon et de l acier: État actuel des questions juridiques et de la jurisprudence. Bibliographie des travaux préparatoires, de la doctrine [et] de la jurisprudence, 1950-1957
European Coal & Steel Community - 1957
Travaux préparatoires of the Convention (ECHR)
European Court of Human Rights - 2000s
Travaux préparatoires of the negotiations for the elaboration of the United Nations Convention against Corruption
Travaux préparatoires relatifs au programme scientifique
Translation of the French: Preparatory work on the scientific program
Treaties Submitted to the United States Senate: Legislative History, 1989-2004
Christian Witkor, Leiden ; Boston : Martinus Nijhoff, 2006.
United States Code
L3 Reading Room
Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties