When conducting treaty research, a researcher should:
1) Locate the treaty text (from an authoritative source)
2) Determine whether the treaty is still in force? Who are the parties? Are there any reservations? Are there any amendments?
3) Determine whether there been any litigation (U.S. or other) regarding the treaty?
4) Determine whether there are questions about interpretation? Consider:
– Article 31 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties
--Commentaries, judicial decisions, drafting history(Travaux Préparatoires).
The following guides for Treaty research are recommended as starting points:
While limited treaty content is available through large subscription services, such as Weslaw and Lexis, most researchers will incorporate specialized databases, such as the ones below.
While it is not the global standard, the Bluebook 20th edition offers treaty citation details through Table 4.