Compendium of International Legal Instruments on Human Migration

This Compendium aims to provide an accessible reference for research on international law relating to human migration. It is organized to present information about a significant number of international legal instruments that affect migrants. These legal instruments are organized by topic, and within each topic, they are listed chronologically unless the instrument has been supplemented by subsequent agreements (in which case they are clustered together). The list of instruments is not exhaustive; for example, regional agreements are not included.

Many of the entries for multilateral agreements contained in this Compendium include brief summaries of the nature and terms of the agreement and how it relates to migration; as appropriate, the entry for the agreement includes short-hand references to specific provisions dealing with or relevant to migrants. These entries are not extracts from the original texts, should not be cited as such, and are meant simply to facilitate further research. Non-binding instruments and other international documents are listed but not summarized in the Annex. Where available, links are provided.

This Compendium was prepared by Karl (Eddie) Fornell for the Program on Law and Human Development, Notre Dame Law School; Notre Dame’s Kresge Law Library (Beth Klein, Susan Good, and Patti Ogden) prepared the Compendium as an on-line research resource.

Publication date: February 2012.

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