This guide uses the term "treaty" as a shortcut for the various terms used for treaties, conventions, agreements, etc. The "depositary" of a treaty holds the official text and provides updated status and other information about the treaty. The depositary might provide a website, a finding tool or other resources to answer your research questions about the treaty. If a convention is monitored by an expert committee or body, the website of the monitoring entity is a great place to start for the text of the convention, explanation, status information about the treaty, required reports from states parties, documents relating to any complaint or dispute settlement procedure, publications, news, etc.. Selected examples include:
More in-depth research may require several types of treaty research materials:
The FAQs on this page are typical treaty research questions. Each question points to the treaty research materials that can help you answer that FAQ.