The document and clause search allows for both a free search as well as a search by tag and document code. The tag search is meant to help the user find the desired results by suggesting tags assigned to the clauses and documents. Especially the search for clauses will usually yield a significant number of results which can then be narrowed down using the filters provided by ResolutionFinder.org. Filtering by document code is a very effective way for experts to filter out non related documents.
Support for complex queries allows users to specify their search preferences in the search box, by asking deliberately including/excluding particular information from the results or to look for specific phrases. Phrases are enclosed in double quotes ('"'), inclusion is made prefixing with plus sign ("+"), exclusion is made prefixing with a minus sign ("-"). For instance the following search will list all the results containing the phrase "security council" and the word "africa", but which do not include the word "regional": "security council" +africa -regional
Here is an example search that searches for clauses:
The history of the clause aims to illustrate the evolution of clauses from within follow-up documents (documents which have been adopted several years in a row). The clause history underlines all the modifications brought to a particular clause throughout the years at a linguistic level.
In order to determine the legal value of a document we only use formal criteria. We distinguish between legally binding documents, non legally binding documents and Security Council resolutions.
The addressee of a given clause is the person, organisation or group of states the clause is directed to:
Because agreements that are legally binding by form sometimes contain quite indeterminate language, and in turn, provisions from agreements that are by form non-legally binding may be supported by a large number of states to such a degree that they might amount to legally binding norms. Such cases are usually difficult to identify, and often disputed. Classification via abstract criteria cannot take into account such disputed cases. Consequently, ResolutionFinder assigns information types in order to classify documents independently from their legal value. We distinguish between the following information types:
|Document Type||Legal Value|
|Protocol to Convention||Legally binding|
|Plan of action||Non-legally binding|
|GA Resolution||Non-legally binding|
|SC Resolution||ResolutionFinder.org does not assign a legal value to SC Resolutions|
|Presidential Statement||Non-legally binding|
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