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Treaties can be referred to by a number of different names: international conventions, international agreements, covenants, final acts, charters, protocols, pacts, accords, and constitutions for international organizations. Treaties may be bilateral (two parties) or multilateral (between more than two parties), and a treaty is usually only binding on the parties to the agreement. When conducting US treaty research, it is important to understand the ratification and implementation process. Negotiation of treaties and international agreements is the responsibility of the Executive Branch. When researching treaties where the United States is not a party or multilateral treaties, one must be interested in finding the following: the text of the treaty, reservations and declarations, and commentary and analysis. There are many sources for locating the full text of treaties and agreements. Some general sources where treaties are published are listed. Like treaties, customary international law can bind states and individuals.

Keywords: customary international law; international agreements; international treaties; multilateral treaties; public international law; US treaties



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