Treaties in Force is prepared by the Department of State for the purpose of providing information on treaties and other international agreements to which the United States has become a party and which are carried on the records of the Department of State as being in force as of its stated publication date, January 1, 2007.
The electronic edition of Treaties in Force (bilaterals and multilaterals) may be updated periodically throughout the year on the Treaty Affairs webpage. It is presented in Adobe Acrobat PDF format, which allows text searches and printing of individual pages or the entire document. Adobe reader is available for download, at no cost, by clicking the image below.
Treaties in Force is arranged in two sections. Section 1 includes bilateral treaties and other international agreements listed by country or other international entity with subject headings under each entry. Arrangements with territorial possessions of a country appear at the end of the entry for that country. In some cases, treaties and international agreements applicable to a territory prior to its independence are included in the entry for that country on the basis of its assumption of treaty obligations upon becoming independent, as noted at the beginning of the entry for that country. For convenience, some treaties and agreements concluded with countries whose name or statehood status has changed continue to be listed under the name in use at the time the agreement was concluded, if the title of the treaty or agreement has not been formally amended.
Section 2 lists multilateral treaties and other international agreements to which the United States is a party, arranged by subject. It will furnish a comprehensive list of parties to the agreements as of a certain date. We note, however, that the depositary for a treaty is the authoritative source for a current list of parties and information on other matters concerning the status of the agreement, and status information often changes. Treaties in Force now provides information on the depositary for the agreement in question, including an Internet site where available.
Scope and Status of Treaties and Other Agreements
Treaties in Force uses the term “treaty” in the generic sense as defined in the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, that is, an international agreement “governed by international law, whether embodied in a single instrument or in two or more related instruments and whatever its particular designation.” The term “treaty” as a matter of
Treaties in Force includes those treaties and other international agreements entered into by the
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