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International law: Treaties

Includes resources for Public international law, Private international law and Human rights.

Treaties in Australian law


Treaties are agreements entered into between States, either bilaterally or multilaterally. The Commonwealth, and not the States, is Australia’s international representative. It is within executive power to negotiate and execute such treaties but international treaties are not self-executing, requiring incorporation by legislation into domestic law (Encyclopaedic Australian Legal Dictionary).

Treaties are also known as conventions, international agreement, covenants, international instruments, and charters.

Treaty information

Treaty series and collections

Treaty indexes