Salient Documents in International Law

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ENERAL

1.         The Covenant of the League of Nations, 1919

2.         Treaty of Paris (Kellogg-Briand), 1928

3.         Montevideo Convention on Rights and Duties of States, 1933

4.         The Atlantic Charter, 1941

5.         Declaration by United Nations, 1942

6.         Declaration of Four Nations on General Security, 1943

7.         Charter of the United Nations, 1945

8.         Statement by the Delegations of the Four Sponsoring Governments on Voting Procedure in the Security Council, 1945

9.         Statute of the International Law Commission, 1947

10.       Final Communiqué of the Asian-African Conference, 1955

11.       Declaration on Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, 1960

12.       Declaration on Principles of International Law concerning Friendly Relations and Co-operation among States in accordance with the Charter of the United Nations, 1970

13.       United Nations General Assembly Declaration on the Decade of International Law 1989

14.       Declaration on the New Asian- African Strategic Partnership, 2005

PACIFIC SETTLEMENT OF DISPUTES

15.       Convention for the Pacific Settlement of International Disputes, 1907

16.       Statute of the International Court of Justice, 1945

17.       Resolution concerning the Internal Judicial Practice of the Court, 1976

18.       Rules of the International Court of Justice, 1978

LAW OF TREATIES

19.       Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, 1969

20.       Vienna Convention on Succession of States in respect of Treaties, 1978

21.       Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties between States and International Organizations or between International Organizations, 1986

DIPLOMATIC AND CONSULAR RELATIONS

22.       Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the United Nations, 1946

23.       Convention on the Privileges and Immunities of the Specialized Agencies, 1947

24.       Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, 1961

25.       Optional Protocol to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, concerning Acquisition of Nationality, 1961

26.       Optional Protocol to the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, concerning the Compulsory Settlement of Disputes, 1961

27.       Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, 1963

28.       Vienna Convention on the Representation of States in their Relations with International Organization of a Universal Character, 1975

NEW INTERNATIONAL ECONOMIC ORDER

29.       Declaration on the Permanent Sovereignty over Natural Resources, 1962

30.       Declaration on the Establishment of a New International Economic Order, 1974

31.       Charter of Economic Rights and Duties of States, 1974

INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS LAW

32.       Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 1948

33.       Convention on the Prevention and Punishment o the Crime of Genocide, 1948

34.       Convention on the International Right of Correction, 1953

35.       International Covenant of Civil and Political Rights, 1966

36.       Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, 1966

37.       International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, 1966

38.       International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, 1966

39.       Convention on the non-applicability of statutory limitations to war crimes and crimes against humanity, 1968

40.       International Convention on the Suppression and Punishment of the Crime of Apartheid, 1973

41.       Convention on the Political Rights of Women, 1953

42.       Convention on the Nationality of Married Women, 1957

43.       Convention on Consent to Marriage, Minimum Age for Marriage and Registration of Marriages, 1962

44.       Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, 1984 

45.       Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, 1979

46.       International Convention against Apartheid in Sports, 1985

47.       Convention on the Rights of the Child, 1989

48.       Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on involvement of children in armed conflicts, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 25 May 2000

49.       Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations on 25 May 2000

50.       Second Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, aiming at the abolition of the death penalty, 1989

51.       International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families, 1990

REFUGEES AND STATELESS PERSONS

52.       Constitution of the International Refugee Organization, 1946

53.       Convention relating to the Status of Refugees, 1951

54.       Convention relating to the Status of Stateless Persons, 1954

55.       Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, 1961

56.       Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees, 1967

57.       Final Text of the AALCO’s 1966 Bangkok Principles on Status and treatment of Refugees, 2001

INTERNATIONAL TRADE LAW

58.       General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade, 1947

59.       Havana Charter for an International Trade Organization, 1948

60.       United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods, 1980

61.       Marrakech Agreement establishing the World Trade Organization, 1995

INTERNATIONAL PENAL MATTERS

62.       Slavery Convention, 1926

63.       Slavery Convention, signed at Geneva on 25 September 1926 and amended by the Protocol done at the Headquarters of the United Nations, 1953

64.       Convention on the Safety of United Nations and Associated Personnel, 1994

65.       Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, 1998

66.       International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, 1999

67.       United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime, 2000

68       Convention against Corruption, 2003

LAW OF THE SEA

69.       United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, 1982

70.       Agreement relating to the implementation of Part XI of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 December 1982, 1994

71.       Agreement for Provisions of the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea of 10 Dec 1982: Conservation and Management of Straddling Fish Stocks and Highly Migratory Fish Stocks

COMMERCIAL ARBITRATION

72.       Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, 1958

73.       UNCITRAL Model Law on International Commercial Arbitration, 1985, with amendments as adopted in 2006

INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW

74.       Stockholm Declaration on Human Environment, 1972

75.       Rio Declaration on Environment and Development, 1992

76.       Johannesburg Declaration on Sustainable Development, 2002

77.       Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer, 1985

78.       Montreal Protocol on Substances that Deplete the Ozone Layer, 1987

79.       Basel Convention on the Control of Transboundary Movements of Hazardous Wastes and their Disposal, 1989

80.       Convention on Biological Diversity,1999

81.       Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety to the Convention on Biological Diversity, 2000

82.       Nagoya Protocol on Access to Genetic Resources and the Fair and Equitable Sharing of Benefits Arising from their Utilization to the Convention on Biological Diversity, 2010

83.       United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 1992

84.       Kyoto Protocol to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 1997

85.       United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification in those Countries Experiencing Serious Drought and/or Desertification, Particularly in Africa, 1994

86.       Lusaka Agreement on Co-operative Enforcement Operations Directed at Illegal Trade in Wild Fauna and Flora, 1994

87.       Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses, 1997

88.       Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, 1998

89.       Rotterdam Convention on the Prior Informed Consent Procedure for Certain Hazardous Chemicals and Pesticides in International Trade, 1998

INTERNATIONAL AIR AND SPACE LAW

90.       Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Carriage by Air, 1929

91.       Convention on International Civil Aviation, 1944

92.       International Air Transport Agreement, 1944

93.       International Air Services Transit Agreement, 1944

94.       Protocol Relating to an Amendment to the Convention on International Civil Aviation [Article 93 bis], 1947

95.       Convention on the International Recognition of Rights in Aircraft, 1948

96.       Convention on Damage Caused by Foreign Aircraft to Third Parties on the Surface, 1952

97.     Convention, Warsaw Convention, for the Unification of Certain Rules Relating to International Carriage by Air Performed by a Person Other than the Contracting Carrier, 1961

98.     Amend the Convention for the Unification Rules Relating to International Carriage by Air; Warsaw on 12 Oct 1929; The Hague on 28 September 1955, 1971

99.     Convention for the Unification of Certain Rules for International Carriage by Air, 1999

100.     Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, 1967

101.     Agreement on the Rescue of Astronauts, the Return of Astronauts and the Return of Objects Launched into Outer Space, 1968

102.     Convention on International Liability for Damage Caused by Space Objects, 1972

103.     Convention on Registration of Objects Launched into Outer Space, 1975

104.     Agreement Governing the Activities of States on the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies, 1979

INTERNATIONAL TERRORISM LAW

105     Convention on Offences and Certain Other Acts Committed On Board Aircraft, 1963

106.     Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Seizure of Aircraft, 1970

107.     Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation, 1971

108.     Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Crimes Against Internationally Protected Persons, 1973

109.     International Convention against the Taking of Hostages, 1979  Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, 1980

110.     Suppression of Unlawful Acts of Violence at Airports; International Civil Aviation; Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Civil Aviation, 1988

111.     Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation, 1988

112.     Protocol to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation, 2005

113.     Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf, 1988

114.     Convention on the Marking of Plastic Explosives for the Purpose of Detection, 1991

115.     International Convention for the Suppression of Terrorist Bombings, 1997

116.     International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism, 1999

117.     International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, 2005

118.     Protocol to the Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation

INTERNATIONAL DISARMAMENT LAW

119.     The Antarctic Treaty, 1959

120.     Treaty Banning Nuclear Weapon Tests in the Atmosphere, in Outer Space and under Water, 1963

121.     Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, 1968

122.     Treaty between the United States of America and the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics on the limitation of Anti-Ballistic Missile Systems (ABM Treaty), 1972

123.     Convention on the prohibition of military or any other hostile use of environmental modification techniques, 1976

124     Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons deemed to be Excessively Injurious (with Protocols I, II and III), 1980

125.     Protocol on Blinding Laser Weapons (Protocol IV to the 1980 Convention), 1995

126.     Explosive Remnants of War to the Convention on Prohibitions or Restrictions on the Use of Certain Conventional Weapons;(Protocol V), 2003

127.     Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty, 1996

128.     Convention on the Prohibition of the Use, Stockpiling, Production and Transfer of Anti-Personnel Mines and on their destruction, 1997

129.     Convention on Cluster Munitions, 2008

INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN LAW

130.     Convention (I) for the Amelioration of the condition of the Wounded and Sick in Armed Forces in the Field, 1949

131.     Convention (II) for the Amelioration of the condition of Wounded, Sick and Shipwrecked Members of Armed Forces at Sea, 1949

132.     Convention (III) Relative to the Treatment of Prisoners of War, 1949 

133.     Convention (IV) Relative to the Protection of Civilian Persons in time of War, 1949

134.     Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and Relating to the Protection of Victims of International Armed Conflicts (Protocol I), 1977

135.     Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Protection of Victims of Non-International Armed Conflicts (Protocol II), 1977

136.     Protocol Additional to the Geneva Conventions of 12 August 1949, and relating to the Adoption of an Additional Distinctive Emblem (Protocol III), 2005

REGIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

137.     Statutes of the Asian-African Legal Consultative Organization, 1956 revised and adopted in 2004

138.     The ASEAN Declaration (Bangkok Declaration), 1967

139.     Charter of the Co-operation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf, 1981

140.     Pact of the League of Arab States, 1945

141.     Charter of the Organization of American States, 1948

142.     Charter of the Organization of African Unity, 1963

143.     Charter of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation, 1985

144.     Charter of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, 2007