Treaties and other international agreements are written agreements between sovereign states (or between states and international organizations) subject to international law. The United States concludes more than 200 treaties and other international agreements each year. Information on treaties and other international agreements to which the United States is currently affiliated. information on U.S. government procedures for the negotiation, conclusion, and entry into force of treaties and other international agreements. Treaties cover all international relations: peace, trade, defence, territorial borders, human rights, repression, the environment and many others. Over time, treaties also change. In 1796, the United States entered into a contract with Tripoli to protect American citizens from kidnapping and ransom of pirates in the Mediterranean. In 2001, the United States approved a treaty on cybercrime. The Treaty Office also serves as the international depositary of certain multilateral treaties for which the United States has assumed this role, including the North Atlantic Treaty, the Antarctic Treaty, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and the Biological Weapons Convention.
The Office of Treaty Affairs provides advice and support on U.S. and international contract law and international contract practices. Office of Treaty Affairs (L/J): The Office of Assistant Legal Counsel for Processing Matters within the Office of Legal Counsel provides instructions on all aspects of U.S. contract law and international practice. .