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Non-Governmental and Inter-Governmental Organizations: Inter-Governmental Organizations (IGOs)

What are IGOs?


Inter-governmental organizations (IGOs) are public or governmental organizations established by a treaty or agreement. IGOs have a geographical or a subject focus. IGOs have international legal status and can enter into agreements with other IGOs or with states.

Documents published by IGOs include:

  • Publications describing IGOs work
  • Policy suggestions
  • Case studies
  • IGO and its member demographic and socio-economic statistics

IGO Directories

Inter-Governmental Organizations

Finding Publications

Many IGOs issue publications that may be of interest to the legal researcher: founding documents (treaties, charters, statutes), legal acts, proceedings and documents issued by the IGO's legislative body.