Tip of the Week: How to Find Treaties on WestlawNext

January 27, 2014

Legal solutions TOTWWestlawNext contains a wealth of treaties to which the United States is a party, as well as many other countries’ international agreements. Here are some tips to help you find the treaty you are looking for.

Use the Global Search Bar

If you are looking for a specific agreement, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (N.A.F.T.A.), the quickest way to find it (or anything on WestlawNext, for that matter) is to use one of the most powerful features of WestlawNext: the global search bar at the top of the screen.

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Place your cursor into the global search bar (you can do this from any screen) and type “NAFTA” (without quotes), and stop typing before you hit space bar or enter. This will bring up several suggestions in the “Looking for this?” drop-down menu underneath the global search bar.

Select the North American Free Trade Agreement by clicking it with your mouse.

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Once you see the name of the treaty appear in a tab above the global search bar, you can place your cursor into the global search bar and run a search to find specific language within the document.

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Most treaties can be found using the global search bar to get to the following content sets on WestlawNext:

European Union Treaties: Legislation

United States Treaties and Other International Agreements

United States Treaties in Force

Example: The Geneva Convention

Having trouble finding a particular treaty to which you know the United States is a party? Let’s search for the Geneva Convention using the following steps:

  • Use the global search bar to find United States Treaties and Other International Agreements.

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  • Use the advanced search template to search by document title by typing “Geneva Convention” in the title field search bar and click the orange search button:

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  • Once you have a list of results, do not forget to use the “Search within Results” search bar on the left side of the screen to further narrow your results:

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This should help you find most treaties on WestlawNext. Please remember to contact the Reference Attorneys in the event you are unable to find the treaty you need by either calling 1-800-REF-ATTY or by using the “Live Chat” link at the bottom of every screen.

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