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Treaties, ICC & ICJ

Treaty Making Process

Treaty making process - A detailed explanation is available from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade 

International Treaties

United Nations Treaty Collection 

Provides access to treaties, international agreements and multilateral instruments registered, filed or recorded by the United Nations. The collection contains:

  • Status of Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General
  • United Nations Treaty Series (UNTS)
  • League of Nations Treaty Series (LOTS)
  • Depositary Notifications (CNs) by the Secretary-General
  • Certified True Copies (CTCs) of Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary- General
  • Texts of Recently Deposited Multilateral Treaties
  • Survey of reservations, objections and withdrawals

Resources for researching treaties to which Australia is a party

Australian Treaties Library on AustLII

The Australian Treaties Library on AustLII includes these databases:

  • Australian Treaty Series (ATS) - Texts of treaties which have entered into force for Australia
  • Australian Treaties Not Yet In Force (ATNIF)
  • Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT) Reports
  • Select Documents on International Affairs (ATSD) - Texts of multilateral treaties which Australia has participated in the development of, but to which Australia is not yet a party
  • Australian Treaty National Interest Analyses (ATNIA) - NIAs describe the likely economic, social, cultural, environmental and legal impacts for Australia of proposed treaty action.
  • List of Multilateral Treaty Actions Under Negotiation or Consideration
  • Australian Treaty Action - Monthly Updates

Australian Treaties Database on the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) website

The Australian Treaties Database ia an on-line resource for researching treaties to which Australia is a signatory, or where Australia has taken other treaty action. It is searchable by treaty subject, agreement type, country and date.

This database is an excellent resource for treaty research because it draws together all documentation under the treaty title, providing information on treaty status, type, short title, dates of entry into force and acceptance, plus links to treaty text, National Interest Analysis, Regulation Impact Statement, and JSCOT Report.

Australian Parliament

Joint Standing Committee on Treaties (JSCOT)