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Treaty Research

A guide to resources for treaty research prepared by John Bolan, Bora Laskin Law Library

Tips for Finding Travaux Preparatoires

  • Search the catalogue and periodical indexes by combining the phrase “travaux preparatoires” with keywords  e.g. “Covenant on Civil and Political Rights”. 
  •  Treaty body websites and related UN sites often contain travaux preparatoires.
  •  Find treaty commentaries or analysis, which often cite travaux preparatoires.
  •  Search with the conference name instead of the treaty name.
    •       Sometimes the title of travaux includes the conference name rather than the treaty name.

Guide to Travaux Preparatoires