Also called IGOs and Intergovernmental Organizations, these entities are created by a treaty or agreement between two or more states to work together on issues of common interest. This page will point out some major resources for the most commonly researched IGOs, and point researchers to additional resources.
Treaties and IGOs
Many IGO sites are organized in similar ways. These are general tips for locating the information you want.
Many United Nations decisions, documents, and resolutions are now available on the UN Official Documents System website. This database includes the following:
HeinOnline’s United Nations Law Collection contains exact reproductions of major United Nations legal publications. Finding Aids and additional features make it easy to find a UN Treaty by entering the UNTS Citation, search for a UN Treaty, and link to law review articles that cite a UN Treaty.
There are a few ways to access UN materials on campus.
EUR-Lex is an official European Union site which hosts laws and other public documents, including treaties, legislation, preparatory acts, case law, and other sectors, published in 24 official languages of the EU. EUR-Lex also publishes The Official Journal (OJ) of the European Union.
The Law Library offers a variety of resources to help conduct your research into the European Union, including a research guide, a collected of electronic resources, and several print treatises.
The General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) was a multilateral treaty intended to promote international trade by reducing or eliminating trade barriers, taking effect in 1947. The GATT was succeeded by the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 1995. The WTO is currently the only global international organization dealing with the rules of trade between nations.
Find the official documents of WTO councils, committees, working groups, and other organizations through the WTO's official document portal.
The following official WTO web pages are also excellent sources of research fodder: