Where can I find the official records of a diplomatic conference?
Last Updated: Nov 17, 2016
For UN conferences dedicated to the negotiation of a multilateral agreement, the official records have been digitized and are available on-line on the United Nations Diplomatic Conferences website.
The website includes official records from the following conferences:
- Law of the Sea, 1958
- Conference on Elimination or Reduction of Future Statelessness, 1959-1961
- Law of the Sea (Second Conference), 1960
- Conference on Diplomatic Intercourse and Immunities, 1961
- Conference on Consular Relations, 1963
- Conference on the Law of Treaties, 1968-1969
- Law of the Sea (Third Conference), 1973-1982
- Conference on the Representation of States in their Relations with International Organizations, 1975
- Conference on Succession of States in Respect of Treaties, 1977-1978
- Conference on Succession of States in Respect of State Property, Archives and Debts, 1983
- Conference on the Law of Treaties between States and International Organizations or between International Organizations, 1986
- Conference on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court, 1998
The official records include negotiated texts, including the final text of a treaty, proceedings (meeting records), and key documents related to the negotiations, including proposed draft articles, etc.
It is possible to browse the official records by conference or to search the full-text of all conferences or a selected conference.
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