Once a researcher has found the text of the agreement, the status of the document must be determined. This includes determining the parties to a multilateral agreement, the date of entry into force and locating any amendments to the original agreement. Because status information is constantly changing, determining the current status of contracts and agreements has always been a difficult task for the researcher. Keep in mind that unratified treaties do not die at the end of the Congress session, so it is often important to determine where a treaty is in the ratification process. Treaties in Force (TIF) (Washington, DC: Office of Legal Counsel, U.S. Department of State, 1950-) [Reference Office KZ235. T74 KF4651. A64]. This annual publication lists all the U.S. treaties and agreements still in force and summarizes them very briefly, sorted by country and subject. Contains bilateral and multilateral treaties and refers to UST citations and TIAS numbers (if applicable).
The main use of the TIF is to verify the existence of a contract. TIF is also available on the web, but the electronic version is no more up-to-date than printing. Since TIF is only published once a year, use the treaty actions to update TIF. Archived editions from 1997 are also available. TIF is also available on LEXIS (INTLAW/Treaties and International Agreements). If possible, TIF links to the contract text on LEXIS. Treaties can be referred to by a number of different names: international conventions, international agreements, alliances, final acts, charters, protocols, covenants, agreements and constitutions for international organizations. As a general rule, these different names have no legal meaning in international law. Contracts can be bilateral (two parties) or multilateral (between several parties), and a contract is usually only binding on the parties to the agreement.
An agreement „enters into force“ when the conditions for entry into force laid down in the agreement are met. Bilateral agreements usually enter into force when the two parties agree to be bound from a certain point of time. Treaties and other international agreements are written agreements between sovereign States (or between States and international organizations) that are subject to international law. The United States concludes more than 200 treaties and other international agreements each year. If you need help researching international commercial arbitration, visit the research help page on the Georgetown University Law Library website. Or contact the International and Foreign Law Department of the Law Library by phone (202-662-4195) or by email (email@example.com). Georgetown Law Center students can schedule a personal research consultation with a librarian. International agreements are formal agreements or obligations between two or more countries. An agreement between two countries is called „bilateral“, while an agreement between several countries is called „multilateral“. Countries bound by an international agreement are generally referred to as „States Parties“. Often, contracts and agreements are labeled with popular names, which can lead to some frustration for the researcher trying to find them in indexes and search tools. Some of these sources can be useful for deciphering the official name of the document.
Domestically, treaties involving the United States are equivalent to federal law status and are part of what the Constitution calls „the supreme law of the land.“ Yet the word treaty does not have the same meaning in the United States and in international law.  The Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties defines a treaty „as an international agreement concluded in writing between States and governed by international law, whether incorporated into a single act or into two or more related agreements, and whatever its particular name.“  Compilations of documents of an international organization may provide information. Current Treaty Index (I. Kavass and A. Sprudzs, eds., Buffalo, NY: W.S. Hein Co., 1982-) [Reference Desk KZ235. U58]. This loose-leaf index lists current contracts and agreements published as TIAS, as well as contracts without a TIAS number.
It complements the U.S. Treaty Index, see above. International Treaties and Agreements Online, Oceana Online website, [1999 -]. Available on the Oceana Publications website (Boalt only). Select „Treaties and International Agreements“ from the „Product“ menu. Access to treaties and agreements from 1783 to the present day. An index of free contracts is also available with limited information. There are many collections of treaties and agreements, such as. B tax treaties and extradition laws and conventions.
Some of these sets are regularly updated in Looseleaf format or are available by subscription on the web. 1999 Global Trade Dialogue on Electronic Commerce (GBDe) At the first GBDe conference on 13 September, Germany. Proposals for legal regulations on electronic commerce representing the interests of industry and submitted to the government of each country are to be presented in Paris in September 1999. The following nine topics are covered: (1) authentication and security, (2) consumer credibility, (3) corporate content/communications, (4) interoperability of information infrastructure and governance, (5) intellectual property, (6) control, (7) reliability, (8) protection of private data and (9) taxes/tariffs. GBDe is a non-governmental organization led by executives from 29 large companies in the United States, Europe and Asia, committed to establishing global rules for e-commerce on the Internet. 10. ‹www.jus.uio.no/lm/unidroit.mobile.equipment.international.interests.on.matters.specific.to.aircraft.equipment.protocol.2001/sisu_manifest.html› The IHR (2005) is an international agreement between 194 States Parties and the World Health Organization to monitor, report and respond to all events that may pose a threat to international public health. The objective of the IHR (2005) is to prevent, protect and control the international spread of diseases and to provide a proportionate and limited public health response to public health risks and to avoid unnecessary interference with international traffic and trade.
(International Health Regulations, art. 2). More information can be found in the IHR factsheets. The subjects of the treaties cover the entire spectrum of international relations: peace, trade, defence, territorial borders, human rights, law enforcement, environmental issues and many others. As times change, so do treaties. In 1796, the United States signed the treaty with Tripoli to protect American citizens from kidnapping and ransom by pirates in the Mediterranean. In 2001, the United States approved a treaty on cybercrime. CIS Index to Publications of the United States Congress [and microfiche] (Bethesda, MD: Congressional Information Service, 1970-) [Index available at Reading Room KF49.
C62; Publications available in Micro Room Case G, Drawer 1-]. Treaties in the Senate Treaty Series are indexed by CIS. Access is via the subject of the contract, the title of the contract, as well as the „Treaties and agreements“ section and the number of the contractual document (assigned by the Senate). The index quotes the sentence on the cis microfiche, which contains the full text of the contract. See also DOCUMENTS AND EXECUTIVE REPORTS OF THE CIS SENATE [and Microfiche] (Bethesda, MD: Congressional Information Service, 1987) [Main Library, GovSocSci J62. C57 1987], a collection of microfiche of documents and reports on treaties from the years 1817-1969. . .