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Human Rights Law Research Guide

This guide will lead researchers through primary materials and introduce important secondary sources. While general human rights sources are covered in the guide, special attention is paid to resources that specifically address international women's human

Status of Human Rights Treaties

What does it mean to check the status of an international instrument or treaty? Checking the status includes:

  • determining if the treaty is in force, and when it entered into force
  • finding out if a country has ratified a treaty and has become a state party
  • locating any reservations or declarations

There are many online sources for treaty status information.  If the treaty in question was drafted under the auspices of an international or inter-governmental organization, status information often is available on the website of the sponsoring organization. For more detailed information on where to look for treaty status information, see the Georgetown Law Library's Treaty Research Guide and the American Society of International Law's Electronic-Resource Guide (scroll down for links to International Human Rights Law and Public International Law).

  • African Union Treaties
    Provides a list of treaties with links to ratification tables.
    This free web site includes an extensive documents library organized by country and subject matter. You can find information on ratification, reservations and declarations, state reports, and other key documents on this site.
  • Council of Europe Treaty Office
    Provides status information (signatures, ratifications, declarations, and reservations) for all types of treaties concluded under the asupices of the Council of Europe, including several human rights treaties.
  • Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General (MTDSG)
    This database, which is part of the United Nations Treaty Collection, provides information about the current status of more than 560 multilateral treaties, including declarations and reservations.
  • Treaties in Force (U.S. State Department).
    Lists all treaties that are currently in force for the United States.  Section I lists bilateral treaties by country (treaty partner).  Section II lists multilateral treaties by subject.