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IHR: using treaties 2010


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IHR: using treaties 2010

  1. 1. Treaties & IHR studies Elizabeth Wells Bodleian Law Library July 2010
  2. 2. <ul><li> Pact Charter </li></ul><ul><li> Final Act Convention </li></ul><ul><li>Constitution(of IO) Agreement </li></ul><ul><li>Protocol Covenant </li></ul><ul><li>Accord Exchange of Notes </li></ul><ul><li> Treaty </li></ul>
  3. 3. This session: Mainly Texts <ul><li>Are some better than others? </li></ul><ul><li>How to do you find the “best”? </li></ul><ul><li>Library Holdings </li></ul><ul><li>Major online sources </li></ul><ul><li>Reliable alternatives </li></ul>
  4. 4. Treaty Texts <ul><li>Sources of the first rank (OSCOLA) </li></ul><ul><li>League of Nations Treaty Series (LNTS) </li></ul><ul><li>United Nations Treaty Series (UNTS) </li></ul><ul><li>Official treaty series of a State party eg UKTS </li></ul><ul><li>For post-1960 treaties not yet in one of above </li></ul><ul><li>International legal materials (ILM) </li></ul>
  5. 5. LNTS <ul><li>League of Nations Treaty Series </li></ul><ul><li>Bilateral & Multilateral </li></ul><ul><li>Coverage 1920-1946 </li></ul><ul><li>In Gallery at Internat 10 LN </li></ul>
  6. 6. French & English (also in Index Volumes)
  7. 7. LNTS online <ul><li>HeinOnline – UN Law Collection (if you are off campus sign into OXLIP+ with your OSS first) </li></ul><ul><li>Free via UN website but the site is “quirky” & cannot be recommended for finding text August 2010 </li></ul>
  8. 8. HeinOnline Ignore Treaties and Agreements Library (USA) For LNTS (& UNTS) click United Nations Law Collection
  9. 9. HeinOnline’s UN Law Collection Click on any of these and search box opens
  10. 10. Most academic footnotes will have LNTS citation A click on this link produces very intuitive boxes to fill in
  11. 11. No citation? Searching for inter world war treaty remember to uncheck the UNTS box
  12. 12. Click Print/Download To see text Other results – details of Ratifications, Accessions of States Scholar Check to journal articles on the topic
  13. 13. UNTS <ul><li>United Nations Treaty Series </li></ul><ul><li>Art 102 UN Charter “Every treaty & international agreement entered into by any Member … shall a.s.a.p be registered with the Secretariat & published by it.” </li></ul><ul><li>Shelved at Internat 10 UN </li></ul>
  14. 14. UNTS > 2,000 vv & growing
  15. 15. Hein post 1945 Treaty search Remember to have only UNTS checked
  16. 16. Very recent? Try ILM <ul><li>International Legal Materials </li></ul><ul><li>Internat 300 I240 in print & </li></ul><ul><li>Online via </li></ul><ul><li>Lexis (via Sources) </li></ul><ul><li>Westlaw Int – selected 1980 v.19 on </li></ul><ul><li>HeinOnline in Law JJ Library & Treaties & Agreements Library but only 1962-2008 </li></ul>
  17. 17. Lexis Library via Source Tab – either Find a Source – or Filter by International & Pick I
  18. 18. Westlaw – Click Services – drop down Westlaw International
  19. 19. Reliable Free Sources of Texts <ul><li>Use databases maintained by </li></ul><ul><li>Governments </li></ul><ul><li>International Organizations </li></ul><ul><li>As own library &/or as </li></ul><ul><li>Official Depository </li></ul>
  20. 20. Eg African Commission on H&PR
  21. 22. To find reliable free e-sources <ul><li>Please do not use google/bing et al </li></ul><ul><li>Use </li></ul><ul><li>Why? </li></ul><ul><li>Mediated Gateway (ASIL) </li></ul><ul><li>fewer hits </li></ul><ul><li>always links to authoritative full text </li></ul><ul><li>specialised search facilities </li></ul><ul><li>Added content - status, citations to printed sources </li></ul>
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  23. 24. Eisil’s great for more than treaties! Free online guide to researching IHR!
  24. 25. Search Results for African HR
  25. 26. More Information link UNTS/ ILM citation Great for your dissertation!
  26. 27. Some Key Concepts <ul><li>Using a Treaty may not only be a matter of finding an authoritative text </li></ul><ul><li>Status / In force </li></ul><ul><li>Signatories </li></ul><ul><li>Parties </li></ul><ul><li>Ratification </li></ul><ul><li>Reservations </li></ul>
  27. 29. Online intro to Treaty Law
  28. 30. Status of Treaties database Quirks Use IE Always hit Search [not return] Use Clear
  29. 31. To avoid quirks drill down!
  30. 32. Control+f to search
  31. 33. Click on a treaty name & get … Click on name of state to see more detail about its participation
  32. 34. Details of reservations etc
  33. 35. Manipulating result Citation for your dissertation!
  34. 36. Icons left to right <ul><li>Print </li></ul><ul><li>Email – example of what you next follows </li></ul><ul><li>Full text details – will often provide link to full text of the Treaty from UNTS series </li></ul><ul><li>Certified True Copy </li></ul><ul><li>HTML </li></ul><ul><li>Add link to Favourites </li></ul>
  35. 37. Envelope / email option
  36. 38. Full Text window We have come full circle with a free source of UNTS text via these links!