"The Flare Index to Treaties [was recently launched] by the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (IALS). The Index is a searchable database of basic information on over 1,500 of the most significant multilateral treaties from 1856 to the present, with details of where the full text of each treaty may be obtained in paper and, if available, electronic form on the Internet. The Index includes only those treaties where there are three or more parties to the instrument. The selection has been based on entries in Multilateral Treaties: index and current status, compiled and annotated within the University of Nottingham Treaty Centre by M.J. Bowman and D.J. Harris (London: Butterworths, 1984, ninth supplement, 1992) and International Legal Materials (Washington, D.C., American Society of International Law, 1962-). The Index is freely available on the Web and was conceived and compiled by Dr Peter Clinch, Cardiff University. Both the MS Access database into which data have been keyboarded and the web-based search interface were devised by Steven Whittle, Information Systems Manager, IALS. Funding for the project was made available through a successful bid to the University of London Vice Chancellor's Development Fund."