Treaties And Agreements

The UN Charter states that treaties must be registered with the UN in order to be invoked before it or applied in its judicial organ, the International Court of Justice. This was done to prevent the spread of secret contracts in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Section 103 of the Charter also provides that the obligations of their members under the Charter outweigh all competing obligations under other treaties. At present, the likelihood of international agreements being concluded through executive agreements is ten times more likely. Treaties are considered a source of Australian law, but sometimes require an Act of Parliament to be passed in different types.