Treaties in Force (TIF)
Treaties in Force is published annually by the Department of State to provide information on treaties and other international agreements to which the United States has become a party and which are carried on the records of the Department of State as of January 1st in its most recent publication year.
The electronic edition of Treaties in force may be updated periodically throughout the year on the Treaty Affairs webpage. It is presented in Adobe Acrobat PDF, which allows text searches and printing of the entire document or selections from it. Adobe Reader can be downloaded, at no cost, by clicking the image below (40.99 MB download).
(A print edition of Treaties in Force is published annually in limited quantities to meet the needs of certain users who are not able to consult the on-line version.)
New Category System: The Treaty Office has been working to streamline and update the category system by which it organizes treaties and agreements. Treaties in Force 2016 features this new category rearrangement, which we hope will make agreements easier to locate by topic. This new system will be used across all treaty publication platforms managed by the Treaty Office (Treaties in Force, Treaties and Other International Agreements (TIAS) publications, and website searches). To aid with the transition, we have created this category crosswalk, which lists new categories alongside their older counterparts.
Treaties in Force is arranged in two sections. Section 1 includes bilateral treaties and other international agreements listed by country or international entity, with category headings under each entry. Arrangements with territorial possessions of a country appear at the end of the entry for that country. In some cases, treaties and international agreements applicable to a territory prior to its independence are included in the entry for that country. For convenience, some treaties and agreements concluded with countries whose name or statehood status has changed continue to be listed under the name in use at the time the agreement was concluded, unless the title of the treaty or agreement has been formally amended.
Section 2 lists multilateral treaties and other international agreements to which the United States is a party, arranged by category. A comprehensive list of parties to each agreement as of a certain date is provided. The depositary is the authoritative source for a current list of parties and information on other matters concerning the status of the agreement, and status information often changes. Information is provided on the depositary for the agreement in question, and contact information, including an Internet site, is provided for the depositary where available.