Writer's Guide to Government Information

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Text of treaties (since 1990) FDSys [Focus on Extradition]

Text of treaties (since 1990) FDSys –  http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/search/home.action

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • What constitutes an extraditable offense for Bulgaria?
  • What are the conditions for the transit of an extradited prisoner?
  • Can someone in South Korea be extradited for a death penalty offense in the United States?


FDSys is the official repository for a large variety of federal documents, including most current Congressional publications. If you’d like to know more about FDSys in general, I urge you to check out their tutorial page.

For this entry, we are only concerned with how to bring up extradition treaties. FDSys has the full text of all extradition treaties concluded since 1990.

In the search box on the front page, type in [collection:CDOC and doctype:TDOC and content:extradition]. This will search for the word “extradition” in treaty documents in the Congressional Documents Collection of FDSys.  You’ll see a results list that consisted of 87 treaties as of January 2014.

Rather than clicking on the title of an agreement right away, I suggest clicking on “more information.” That will let you access a text overview of a treaty rather than the PDF version that can range up to 90MB.  If the overview looks promising, then jump to the larger PDF. It will also begin with the overview, but then be followed by the full treaty text.

If you need the text of an extradition treaty prior to 1990, check out your local Federal Depository Library as they usually have access to a complete collection of Congressional documents. At minimum, they will have search tools to see where the extradition treaty can be found.


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