In this Guide
This guide aims to give a brief introduction to the Library's holdings on the Law of Treaties. Please consult the Library Catalogue and the List of Current Serials for complete information on current titles and locations. If you require further assistance please contact us.
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Introduction to the Library Catalogue
This Subject Guide only lists a selection of Library resources on the Law of Treaties. To find additional resources you will need to search the Library Catalogue, which covers the complete holdings of the Library. It is possible to search for books, journals and series of law reports by author, title or keyword. Please note it is not possible to search for individual chapters, journal articles or legislation (e.g. individual Acts or SIs).
IALS Library is mainly open access and readers are able to browse the shelves in the main collection. There are two main exceptions to this:
- Older items (marked RES or Depository on the catalogue record) are kept in the closed basement.
- Key texts for LLM students are often kept in the Short Loan collection.
Please request these at the Library Enquiry Desk on the 4th Floor.
For more information on understanding the catalogue record and further guidance on the location of materials please refer to our guide Classmarks and the Location of Resources in the Library.
The Library classifies textbooks either by jurisdiction (GO13, GA2 etc.) or according to subject area, examples of which include Comparative Law (SB), Public International Law (SG) and Private International Law/ Conflict of Laws (SH). Textbooks on Common Law topics for Common Law jurisdictions (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, USA) are shelved in a special section (SJ). All classmark sections have a FOL section for oversize volumes, which is located on the same floor of the Library.
When you are searching the Library Catalogue for books, please note that only the current edition is held on the open shelves or in the Short Loan collection. IALS has a rich collection of previous editions held in the closed basement and these will display a Depository number on the catalogue. Please request previous editions from the Issue & Enquiry Desk on the 4th floor.
Treaties and Law of Treaties material is shelved at SG35 and SG40.
The following list represents a selection of textbooks on Law of Treaties. Please check the catalogue records for further information and location:
Aust, A. Modern treaty law and practice 3rd ed. 2013
Brownlie, I. Basic documents in International law. 6th ed. 2009
Corten, O & Klein, P. The Vienna Conventions on the Law of Treaties 2011
Dougan, M. & Currie, S. 50 years of the European treaties: looking back and thinking forward. 2009
Evans ed. International law 3rd ed. 2010
Evans ed. Blackstone’s International law documents 11th ed. 2013
Foster, N. Blackstone’s EU treaties and legislation 26th ed. 2015-2016
Hollis, D. Oxford guide to treaties 2012
Klabbers, J. The concept of treaty in international law 1996
Klabbers, J. Treaty conflict and the European Union 2009
McNair, A.D. Law of treaties 1961
Orakhelashvili, A. & Williams, S. ed. 40 years of the Vienna Convention on the law of Treaties 2010
Ramcharan, B. Fundamentals of international human rights treaty law 2011
Rosenne, S. Developments in the law of treaties. 1945-1986. 1989
Sinclair, I. Vienna Convention on the law of treaties 2nd ed. 1984
Vandevelde, K. Bilateral investment treaties: history policy and interpretation. 2010
Waelde, T. ed. The energy charter treaty 1996
IALS Library holds a wide selection of current serial titles on the law of treaties from many different jurisdictions. These are located on all floors of the Library. Some titles are only in printed volumes while others or available in both formats. For more detailed help, please refer to the guide on Finding journal articles. The following titles focus particularly on the law of treaties but there may be relevant articles in less specialised journals.
Legislation and law reports
If you are interested in legislation or cases concerning the law of treaties issues in specific countries you will need to consult the legislation or law reports for that jurisdiction.
Consult the List of Serials and Library Catalogue to find the general classmark for the country you require. Consult consolidations of legislation, digests or indexes to trace particular acts or cases.
Academic users may also use databases like Lexis/Westlaw to find UK, US, EU or international decisions. For further information please refer to the Electronic Law Library or ask at the Library Enquiry Desk.
Free internet sources
Eagle-i is an internet portal maintained and updated by IALS library staff. It allows you to search for quality web resources on treaties. http://188.8.131.52/dbtw-wpd/textbase/searchEI.htm
The following represent a sample of the available quality individual web resources on treaties.
Globalex guide to researching the drafting history of international agreements (Travaux Préparatoires) by Jonathan Pratter. Updated in 2015
African Union Treaties in full text.
Treaties section of Eur-Lex. Includes founding, amending and accession treaties of the European Union and also some protocols.
WIPO Lex provides a search facility for intellectual laws and treaties for a wide range of jurisdictions