International Treaties

International law gives structure to the global relationships between otherwise sovereign states: to express shared values and shared responsibility, to define rules and limits for engagement, and to describe shared global accountability. International treaties, conventions, protocols, covenants, and declarations formalise these laws between countries who have elected, through a process of ratification, to be legally bound to fulfil their obligations as parties to select treaties.

Many treaties and conventions exist to confer on States that are party to each treaty the legal obligation to protect and provide, domestically, for an array of human rights.