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International and Foreign Law Research: U.S. Treaties

This guide is intended to assist students in the International & Foreign Legal Research class at Florida State University locate important resources.

LOCATING U.S. TREATIES & EXECUTIVE AGREEMENTS

Before 1950, all U.S. treaties and agreements were published in the U.S. Statutes-at-Large. The Treaty Series (TS) published Article 2 treaties and  for a period of time (1922-1945), Executive Agreements were published separately in the Executive Agreement Series (EAS). 
The following two sources are unofficial publications for U.S. treaties published before 1950.
The following two subscription databases are compilations of current and historical U.S. treaties from a variety of sources.  
Senate Treaty Documents
Treaties and Other International Acts Series (TIAS)
United States Treaty Series (UST)

Unofficial Sources and Collections

TREATY RATIFICATION PROCESS

TREATY ACTION

DOCUMENT PRODUCED

LOCATION OF DOCUMENT

The President or Executive Branch . . .

negotiates and signs treaty. 

Press Release

U.S. Department of State Bulletin

White House Press Briefings

submits treaty to Senate.

List

Treaties Received by Senate  (current Congress)

Treaties Pending in Senate (all Congresses)

The Senate . . .

refers treaty to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

S. Treaty Doc. No.

GovInfo;

Congress.gov;

ProQuest Congressional

Senate Foreign Relations Committee may . . .

Conduct hearings

S. Com. Hearings

GovInfo; Proquest Congressional; 

HeinOnlineWestlaw; Lexis,

Recent Hearings

Recommend to Full Senate in a report

S. Ex. Rept. No.

GovInfoCongress.govLexis;

 Westlaw's USCCAN

Place treaty on Executive Calendar

Executive Calendar

Executive Calendar

THE FULL SENATE . . .

Considers text (Advice) during floor debates

Congressional Record

Congress.gov /  FDSys 1994+;

US SenateLexis /

Westlaw

Votes on the "resolution of ratification" (Consent requires 2/3 majority of the Senate)

 

Amendments /

Voting History

Senate Roll Call Voters /

 ProQuest Congressional

 President ratifies the treaty

Treaties in Force (index)

TIAS & UST

HeinOnline; Lexis; Westlaw

HeinOnline; Lexis; Westlaw

 

Collection of Ratification History Documents

Congress.gov (free)

Finding Treaties by Subject

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