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New HeinOnline Database: U.S. State Commitments with Foreign Governments

The most comprehensive collection of its kind, available in print and online database formats.

February 12, 2024

February 2024. HeinOnline, a product of William S. Hein & Co., Inc., is pleased to announce the release of its newest database, U.S. State Commitments with Foreign Governments, a groundbreaking collection of more than 750 legal and political commitments between U.S. states and foreign governments, edited by Ryan Scoville, Professor of Law at Marquette University Law School. Most of these agreements have never before been published.

The current version of the database and one copy of the print counterpart will be offered to all institutions and organizations for a low, one-time payment of $295.00. Future editions will be billed as they are released. For more information, visit

About the Database

U.S. states frequently enter into arrangements with foreign governments to cooperate on issues ranging from economic development to environmental protection. Available in print and online database formats, U.S. State Commitments with Foreign Governments provides the full text of hundreds of these kinds of arrangements. To compile the collection, the editor filed over 650 freedom-of-information requests, including one with every major administrative agency in each of the fifty states. State officials responded by delivering copies of more than 750 commitments totaling more than 3,500 pages. The book contains a curated set of roughly one quarter of these commitments, along with notations that explain context, highlight significant legal issues, and identify helpful academic sources. The online database includes the full collection.

This is the most comprehensive publication of its kind. It serves as an innovative, subnational analogue to official compilations of international agreements to which the United States is a party—namely, United States Treaties and Other International Agreements (UST) and the Treaties and Other International Acts Series (TIAS). And it is an essential resource for scholars of international law and U.S. foreign relations law, political scientists who study paradiplomacy, federal and state policymakers, and the voting public.

The database can be browsed by State (U.S.), Country, or Subject, and it also includes a custom Commitment Index tool that allows users to choose a variety of ways to search, including by text, title, date, state, country, subject, commitment number, keywords, and description.

About HeinOnline

HeinOnline is a premier online research database that provides comprehensive coverage from inception of more than 3,300 multidisciplinary periodicals, essential government documents, international treaties and trials, case law, and much more. Composed of image-based PDFs and available at an affordable price, the wealth of material allows academic institutions, government agencies, law firms, court systems, corporations, and other organizations access to authoritative, true-to-print digital material without the hassle or cost of using multiple research databases. Furthermore, subscriptions to HeinOnline consistently increase in value without added cost as HeinOnline adds daily, weekly, and monthly content while continuously incorporating new artificial intelligence tools for easier research. More information is available here:

About William S. Hein & Co., Inc.

William S. Hein & Co., Inc. is a leading publishing company that has been serving the law library community for 100 years. Hein is a highly respected publisher of original legal publications, a major reprinter of legal classics and out-of-print United States Government Printing Office documents, and the world’s largest distributor of legal periodicals. Over the past few years, the company has expanded its services into academic, public, government, and corporate libraries, becoming one of the world’s leading multidisciplinary publishers. More information is available here:

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