French Treaties

French Treaties in Europe

Role of Treaties

Title VI of the Constitution of 1958 deals with Treaties and Other International Agreements entered into by the French government. Specifically, Article 55 states, that “Treaties or agreements duly ratified or approved shall, upon publication, prevail over Acts of Parliament, subject, in regard to each agreement or treaty, to its application by the other party.”

Therefore, when researching French law, it is important to check whether there are any treaties which apply to the subject area in which you are interested.

Where to find French Treaties

Treaties are published in the Journal Officiel, lois et décrets. Select treaties are available full-text on the Internet.

If you find a reference to a treaty or wish to check whether France has entered into a treaty in the subject area of your research, there are many resources on the Internet which assist in locating treaties on-line. A good place to start is the section of the international legal Encyclopedia, specifically related to treaty research.

Be sure to check out the print indexes of treaties available from the United Nations, Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary General, which indexes multilateral treaties deposited with the U.N., and Treaties in Force, published by the United States Government Printing Office, which indexes treaties, currently in force, to which the United States is a party.

When researching treaties, two helpful entries in the Encyclopedia provide information about:

French Legal Research

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