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Researching International Human Rights Law: Treaty Research

Guide to UH Law School students researching international human rights law.

Links to Treaty Sites

Click on the word "more" for additional information.

Status of Instruments

Locating the status of an instrument is of primary importance in international human rights law. The Web has become a primary source for obtaining up-to-date status information.

What does it mean to check the status of an international instrument or treaty? Checking the status includes:

  • determining if the treaty is in force, and when it entered into force
  • finding out if a country has ratified a treaty and has become a state party
  • locating any reservations or declarations

There are many sources for status information. Consult sources from the body that issued the international instrument (the U.N. committee, the Council of Europe, etc.).

Major Treaties

United Nations Charter

Preamble to the Charter affirms the "faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, [and] in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small."

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) (1948) - a foundational human rights text