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Announcing the Launch of Oxford Historical Treaties

September 24, 2014


Oxford University Press is pleased to announce the launch of Oxford Historical Treaties (OHT) on the Oxford Public International Law platform. Oxford Historical Treaties is a comprehensive online resource of nearly 16,000 global treaties concluded between 1648 and 1919 (between the Peace of Westphalia and the establishment of the League of Nations).

The source for these treaties is The Consolidated Treaty Series, compiled by the late distinguished scholar Clive Parry of Downing College, Cambridge University, and published by OUP in 231 print volumes. Already established as the primary resource for research on historical treaties, the series will be available online for the first time through OHT. On OHT, individual treaties from The Consolidated Treaty Series will be available as faithful PDF reproductions, and the data set will be searchable and browsable by Treaty Party, by Consolidated Treaty Series (CTS) citation, and by date.

Fully integrated with the Oxford Law Citator, OHT will provide valuable assistance to researchers seeking a deeper understanding of the importance and interrelationship of historical treaties. The service is aimed at scholarly researchers in law, international affairs, and history.

John Louth, Editor-in-Chief, Academic Law said: “The launch of OHT comes at a time of greatly increased interest in the history of international law. By making not only the texts of the treaties available electronically but also providing rich metadata we hope to enable scholars to explore new avenues for research into the history of international law and international relations.”

Randall Lesaffer, Editor of Oxford Historical Treaties: "Almost since the early beginnings of recorded history, treaties have been a primary instrument of humankind to organise relations across border. They are crucial sources for the study of any aspect of international relations, whether it concerns war, diplomacy, or trade. Nevertheless, often treaties remain underused because they are often hard to find and access. OHT has the potential to solve this problem and may prove an invaluable instrument for the study of international history."

About Oxford Public International Law:

Oxford Public International Law (OPIL) is Oxford’s gateway for international law research. It provides scholars, practitioners, and students with a range of resources on every aspect of international law, helping them to better understand the field, answer practical questions, and identify areas for further research. In addition to OHT, it presently houses the Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law, Oxford Reports on International Law, and Oxford Scholarly Authorities on International Law.

For more information about the platform, go to opil.ouplaw.com.

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