Database of U N Human Rights Agreements

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What agreements are included in the database?

A. All UN human rights conventions, covenants, and protocols created between 1945 and 2015. At present, the total number of agreements is 55. This number may grow slightly as additional agreements are identified. If you’re aware of a missing agreement, please
email me. You can access the list of agreements here

Q. How is the database organized?

A. The database is organized in the standard country-year format, using
Correlates of War country codes as identifiers. Users can select several different variables relating to ratification, entry into force, issue-area, etc. They can also restrict the sample by country, year, issue-area, and/or agreement. Although it was beyond the scope of this project to collect compliance data, the output can easily be linked to existing measures the researcher may wish to use.

Q. What variables are available?

A. Issue area, agreement title, agreement year of creation, agreement type (Convention, Covenant, or Protocol), year of signature, signature status (yes/no), year of ratification, ratification status (yes/no), year of entry into force, entry into force status (yes/no), alternate issue area. If applicable, the following are also available: year of delegation of state report authority, year individuals were allowed to file complaints to the relevant international body, year other states were allowed to file complaints to the relevant international body, and the name of the international organization involved.

Q. The database provides information on treaty creation, signature, ratification, and entry into force (among other things). What’s the legal importance of each of these? And why isn’t there information on acceptance, accession, and succession?

A. Please click
here for a detailed response!

Q. The database provides information on treaty creation, signature, ratification, and entry into force (among other things). What’s the legal importance of each of these? And why isn’t there information on acceptance, accession, and succession?

A. Please click
here for a detailed response!

Q. How do I cite the data?

A. Jana von Stein. 2017. Database of UN Human Rights Agreements.
http://www.humanrightstreaties.org

Q. Is there anything else I need to know?

A. This probably goes without saying, but please be sure to adapt the variables to the particular question you are asking. I also recommend that you read
this page for important notes about coding decisions for countries that underwent transitions during the sample time-period.
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