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Legal Referencing

AGLC4 Part IV: International Materials - 8 Treaties

Rule 8 Treaties

Examples

Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons,   opened for signature 1 July 1968, 729 UNTS 161 (entered into force 5 March 1970) art 3 .
  International Agreement on the Scheldt, Belgium-France-Netherlands, signed 3 December 2002,  2351 UNTS 13 (entered into force 1 December 2005) art 3(1)(a) .

Element

Treaty Title Parties' Names Date Opened for Signature or Signed Treaty Series Date of Entry into Force Pinpoint Full stop

Rule

8.1 8.2 8.3.1 8.4 8.3 8.7 1.1.4  

 

* Only include parties' names if there are less than three signatories and their names do not appear in the treaty title.  

Other examples:

CISGUnited Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, opened for signature 11 April 1980, 1489 UNTS 3 (entered into force 1 January 1988) art 66.

ICCPRInternational Convention on Civil and Political Rights, opened for signature 16 December 1966, 999 UNTS 171 (entered into force 23 March 1976) art 6.

ICESRInternational Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, opened for signature 16 December 1966, 999 UNTS 3 (entered into force 3 January 1976) preamble.

 Melbourne University Law Review Association, Australian Guide to Legal Citation (Melbourne University Law Review Association, 4th ed, 2018) 133.


AGLC4 rule 8.4 - which Treaty Series to reference?

According to AGLC4 rule 8.4, when a treaty is published in more than one series, the following treaty series should be used in order of preference:

  1. United Nations Treaty Series ('UNTS') or the League of Nations Treaty Series ('LNTS');
  2. an official treaty series of a states party;* or
  3. another international or regional treaty series*.

*for example Australian Treaty Series ('ATS').

 Melbourne University Law Review Association, Australian Guide to Legal Citation (Melbourne University Law Review Association, 4th ed, 2018) 137.