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Conventions and Charters
Subsidiary standards on Intercountry Adoption such as multilateral conventions - sometimes called covenants - which are legally binding upon States accepting them, and charters are collected here

Declarations and Recommendations
Recommendations or declarations cannot be made binding in the sense that a treaty or convention is binding upon the parties to it. However, in view of the great solemnity and significance of a "declaration", it may be considered to impart, on behalf of the organ adopting it, a strong expectation that members of the international community will abide by it. Consequently, in so far as the expectation is gradually justified by State practice, a declaration may by custom become recognized as laying down rules binding upon States.