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State Department issues Treaty Priority List

Last month, the State Department issued the Administration’s treaty priority list. This list is divided into two categories: treaties whose ratification is being sought, and those whose ratification is not being sought.

In the first category, are 14 treaties, including the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Inter-American Convention Against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Ammunition, Explosives, and other Related Materials, and the United Convention on the Law of the Sea. I hope that the Senate can indeed move quickly to give advice and consent to these treaties.

In the second categoryРthose for which ratification will not be soughtРthe State Department mentions  12 treaties, including the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties, International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, American Convention on Human Rights, Protocol II Additional to the Geneva Conventions, and the Convention on Biological Diversity. I cannot say that I am completely surpised by this list, but I hope the Administration would think anew about some of these treatiesРsuch as the Vienna Convention and Protocol II.

(HT: American Society of Internaitonal Law)

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Anthony Clark Arend is Professor of Government and Foreign Service at Georgetown University and the Director of the Master of Science in Foreign Service in the Walsh School of Foreign Service.

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