We’re pleased to announce the publication of our study: “International Treaties Have Mostly Failed to Produce Their Intended Effects” in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) This new GSL publication combines research efforts and shares findings 10 years in the making and uses the GLE methodology recently published in the BMJ Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. Read more about research below.
International Treaties Have Mostly Failed to Produce Their Intended Effects
Researchers at the Global Strategy Lab conducted a systematic field-wide evidence synthesis to evaluate the effects of international treaties, which included a rigorous systematic review of all existing quantitative impact evaluations of treaties.
The study examined six policy domains, environment, human rights, humanitarian crises, maritime issues, security, and trade and finance. Of these, only trade and finance treaties were associated with measurable progress in achieving the intended objectives of the treaties.
The study also investigated which treaty design mechanisms –complaint, enforcement, oversight, and transparency mechanisms– were associated with increased treaty effectiveness and found that only enforcement mechanisms were associated with greater treaty effectiveness.