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A. If you aren't sure if a treaty exists, or you don't have a citation or an exact title, gather information:
Then, start your search with a secondary source:
B. Other strategies include the following:
There are several reliable databases containing treaties from the United Nations Treaty Series (1946-present). Hein's databases also include historical treaty collections.
Bilateral treaties where the United States is not one of the parties can be located using the following strategies:
Many international organizations and non-governmental organizations maintain treaty collections by region and by topic. Fortunately, several of the legal research guides listed below, have organized these collections.
Also look for Research Guides on specific international law subjects, such as Environmental. Law, Human Rights Law, and Private International Law for treaty collections by subject.
Note: Many of these guides will suggest beginning your research in the EISIL treaty database. Unfortunately, EISIL is getting a long-overdue revision and is currently not available.