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Research Guides: A Short Guide to Finding Treatises in Moritz Law Library

Where to find the Text of Treaties (post-1945)

TIAS and UST
United States treaties are first published in a slip form called Treaties and Other International Acts Series (TIAS). TIAS are bound in volumes called United States Treaties and Other International Agreements (UST). TIAS is approximately eight years behind schedule. Thus, if you are looking for a recent treaty, you need to consult other sources. (See below).

Examples:

  • 23 UST 1336;. 23 is the volume, UST is the series, and 1336 is the page.
  • TIAS 1064: TIAS is the series, and 1064 is the number.
  • TIAS KZ 235.3. U55; Mezzanine
  • UST KZ 235.3 .U55; Mezzanine

Hein's U.S. Treaties and Other International Agreements - Current Microfiche Service
Treaties that have not yet been published or assigned a TIAS number will be assigned a temporary KAV number by Igor Kavass, the editor of A Guide to United States Treaties in Force. The text of the treaty can then be found in Hein's Current Microfiche Service. The index to this service is on the table in the Microforms Room.

  • Microforms Room, Cabinet 13, Drawer 1

Consolidated Treaties and International Agreements- Current Document Service- U.S. Department of State (CTIA)
CTIA provides the text of newly concluded international agreements, including both formal treaties and executive agreements.

  • KZ 235.5 .U55 Mezzanine

International Legal Materials (ILM)
Although ILM does not publish every treaty, it is still the best source for recent treaties. ILM is also a good source of background materials, and a source for treaties to which the United States is not a party.

Example:

  • 31 ILM 32 (1992): 31 is the volume, ILM is the journal, 32 is the page, and (1992) is the date.
  • KZ 64 .I58 Mezzanine

Locating Treaties and Determining Their Status (Indexes)

Treaties in Force (TIF)
TIF begins coverage in 1955 and is published by the Department of State. It can be used in conjunction with Guide to TIF.

  • KZ 235. T74 Mezzanine

A Guide to United States Treaties in Force
This publication supplements TIF by providing additional ways to search treaties. It also indexes treaties that have not yet been published in UST or assigned a TIAS number. These treaties are assigned a temporary KAV number by the editor of this publication, Igor Kavass. Texts of a treaty with a KAV number can be found in Hein's Current Microfiche Service.

  • KZ 235. G85 Mezzanine

United States Treaty Index (USTI): 1776-1990 Consolidation and Consolidation Supplement
USTI Consolidation and Supplement is another index to treaties. The difference between USTI and TIF is that USTI indexes all treaties that the U.S. has been a party to since 1776. In addition, USTI indexes treaties that have been assigned temporary KAV numbers.

  • KZ 235. U58 Mezzanine

Current Treaty Index (CTI)
CTI is a companion service to USTI. It indexes treaties that have not yet been indexed in USTI.

  • KZ 235 .U58 Mezzanine

Congressional Index (CCH)
Congressional Index includes a section on treaties. This section provides information on the status of treaties and agreements awaiting action by Congress.

  • KF 49 .C6 2nd floor, National Collection

Electronic Access to Treaty Information

TIARA
TIARA provides access to U.S. treaties, a U.S. treaties index, international agreements, and international tax treaties. It is available from any computer in the Moritz College of Law.

UN-Treaties
The United Nations Treaty Collection provides access to the United Nations Treaty Series, Texts of recently deposited multilateral treaties, and the status of multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General. It is available from any computer at the Ohio State University.

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Written by Jennifer Larraguibel, 12/95 (Last Updated 3/02)