||Travaux préparatoires, please!|
If they weren't familiar with it before their first day on the job, it does not take long for a new UN Librarian to get to know very well the meaning of the phrase 'travaux préparatoires'. Literally, 'preparatory works', the drafting history of international treaties is among the most frequent topics of research at UNOG Library, bringing students, scholars and lawyers from all over the world to our reading rooms in the Palais des Nations.
Although existing guides can be of great help, they rarely list or include the text of all drafts, reports, minutes, and other documents related to the drafting and the negotiation of the treaty. Fortunately, we offer interested researchers access to one of the most comprehensive collections of UN official documents - along with experienced, professional research guidance.