Much of the UN site deals
with subjects which will be useful, but see especially the
sections on Human Rights which contains a
very useful Documents
Research Guide and the main page of the OHCHR.
See also: The
International Law Section on the UN homepage,
which will provide links to the
Criminal Courts, the International
Court of Justice, and the Tribunals
on Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia.
See also: the section on Humanitarian
Affairs, which contains
links to the
High Commissioner on Refugees.
Within this site, see:
Refworld - a collection of full-text databases
which draws together the most comprehensive and reliable refugee information
resources available. Especially useful is the
Legal Information section and choose the Type
Case Law resources from national and
international courts dealing with asylum and refugee
Office of the
United Nations High Commissioner on Human Rights
- Human Rights in the World menu where you
can find the documents relating to, and ratifications
& reservations for the full list of member countries.
Just use the map to select the region and
country you want.
Your Human Rights section which defines what human
rights actually are and looks at human rights,
issue by issue. It also has a
International Law section which contains the full text
of a large range
of conventions, protocols and treaties.
Rights Bodies section covers all the bodies created by
Charter or Treaty, with search links to both the
Treaty and Charter Body databases. However,
specific documents can be difficult to find on
this revamped version. You may have more luck
with an older version:
Treaty Body Database.
the Charter Body Database
Publications and Resources section contain an
extensive range of Factsheets, Reference information
and more links to Treaties, Conventions and
Nations Official Document System (ODS)
text of United Nations parliamentary documents (including
resolutions and decisions) issued at United Nations Headquarters
in New York and the United Nations Office in Geneva since
1993 as well as at the United Nations Office in Vienna since
However, like the Treaty and Charter Bodies
databases, the ODS can be difficult to use and may
not find the full text of the document you want. If
you have the document reference, it can sometimes be
faster to use an internet search engine such as
Google or Yahoo
University of Minnesota Human Rights Library
One of the largest
collections of more than 21,000 core human rights documents, International
Human Rights Instruments, including 238 human rights treaties
and other primary declarations, conventions and protocols.
As well as
International treaties and other UN documents,
it has an very detailed page of
Regional Materials, relating to Africa,
Inter-America, Europe, and the Arab States.
organised links page. A very good one-stop-shop for most international law
Institute of Human Rights - SIM Documentation Centre
Excellent Case Law
source. It has multiple easy to use databases which
contain full-text judgments from the Human Rights
the Committee Against Torture ('CAT'),
the Committee on the Elimination of Racial
and the Committee on the Elimination of
Discrimination against Women ('CEDAW')
as well as judgments of the European Court of Human
The case law of the
International Criminal Tribunal for the former
Yugoslavia (ICTY) was recently included and is
integrated in the case law database of the
International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) ('Tribunals').
Finally the general
comments and general recommendations of the UN
treaty bodies are available ('General
The Council of Europe is
the continent's oldest political organisation, founded in
1949 and comprising 46 countries - not all within the boundaries
of 'Europe'. It is distinct from the European Union, but all
member of the EU are also members of the COE.
The Human Rights section covers
all aspects of HR within the European framework, with access
to the text of the Convention, European Social Charter, the
European Commissioner for Human Rights, the ECHR and much
The Legal Affairs section
gives access to the Treaty
Office, where you can get the full text of Conventions,
Protocols and Charters
of Human Rights
Part of the Council of Europe
and set up in response to the European Convention on Human Rights
It provides information on
the background, make up and jurisdiction of the Court, news
releases, information on pending cases, and access to basic
texts, such as the European Convention on Human Rights.
See also: the excellent HUDOC database for full text Series B decisions from 1961
Organisation of the American States
The OAS site includes information
about the Commission and Court of Human Rights.
Click on the Sectors &
Topics menu at the top of the page and choose Human Rights
for access to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and
the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
African Commission on Human and People's Rights
Gives the relevant charters
and conventions and under Legal Instruments. Under Official
Documents, amongst other materials there is the full text
of Sierra Leone Truth & Reconciliation Commission
International Committee of the Red Cross
Especially useful site for
locating material dealing with all legal aspects to do with
conflict and war. See: Humanitarian Law drop down menu for
treaties and a break down of issues such as missing persons,
protected persons or property, women and war, children
etc. See also: excellent International Humanitarian Law (IHL) database dealing
with applicable treaties, conventions and protocols. There
is also full text access to the International Review of the
Red Cross from 1995- as well and a very good links section.
| International Federation
of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
in 1919, the International Federation comprises 181 member
Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, a Secretariat in Geneva
and more than 60 delegations strategically located to support
activities around the world.
contains mission documents, archive publications and links
to other national and international humanitarian sites.
OSCE - Organisations for Security & Co-operation in Europe
The Organization for Security
and Co-operation in Europe
(OSCE) is a pan-European security body whose 55 participating
States span the geographical area from Vancouver to
The Resources section contains a Documents Library, which contains full
text to most OSCE documents, factsheets and publications;
Features, and Photo archives.
See links also to Office
for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and OSCE
High Commissioners on National Minorities
GlobaLex is an electronic legal
publication dedicated to international and foreign law research.
Published by the Hauser Global Law School Program at NYU School
For excellent guides on a range
of international law issues, including a very good guide to the
United Nations and its constituent parts, see the International Law research links. The Hauser homepage also contains links to other very useful full text working
papers, including the Jean Monnet series.
International Labour Organization
agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally
recognized human and labour rights.
See: Information Resources on the right-hand side for
conventions, statistics, ratifications and much more information
on the topic of labour rights and protections
Society of International Law
See the Research Tools section.
Excellent resource of primary
texts, documents and treaties. Searchable EISIL database for
See also: ASIL Guide to Electronic
Resources for International Law - chapter on Human Rights.
PICT - Project
on International Courts and Tribunals
".. the only internationally
based effort to address, with a comprehensive and holistic
approach, all existing international courts and tribunals.
Contains access to over 20
courts, full-text publications, Research Themes, with relevant
PICT articles and bibliographies, news and other full-text
Human Rights Commission
Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission is a statutory body
established by the Northern Ireland Act 1998. It contains
publications, some cases, legislation and policy documents
covering their role in civil rights and equality in Northern
on the Administration of Justice
Full text of key documents
plus a full list of publications under a variety of topics
relating to Northern Ireland, e.g. policing, equality, a Bill
of Rights and criminal justice. Excellent links page
Other recommended sites
the main UK government website.
the successful implementation of the Human
Rights Act 1998 into UK Law has moved from
Department for Constitutional Affairs to the
Ministry of Justice. However, the DCA still
has up to date information, e.g. news, Legislation, statistics
and some full text publications.
See Foreign and Commonwealth Office for a breakdown of human
rights in the foreign policy of the UK government.
Human Rights Internet (HRI)
thematically organized resource guides (e.g., women's rights,
children's rights, UN processes), publications (many related
to UN processes), information on NGOs and searchable databases.
links to UN treaties and declarations, divided by subject.
Useful country by country
information. Click on Library to search archive from 1996
and to get access to the annual reports. Also contains very
useful links section broken down by subject.
Human Rights Watch
Human Rights Watch is the largest human rights organization
based in the United States.
This site is broken
down by region or issue and contains guide, documents, briefings
and press releases.
Human Rights Resources.
A project of the Bora Laskin
Law Library at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Law.
The site is produced in consultation and collaboration with
law librarians, lawyers, students, researchers, activists
and human rights experts around the world. It includes a bibliographical
database of articles, documents and other information covering
all aspects of civil, political and human rights for women
Frederick K. Cox International Law Center War Crimes Research
Produced by Case Western Reserve
School of Law. Pretty comprehensive collection of web resources
on the topic of war crimes, broken into a useful subject listing,
but searchable also by keyword. The site also contains full
text memoranda written of a variety of war crime topics and
a bibliography of relevant books and articles.
Run under the auspices of the Harvard Law school, this site
contains, guides to research, full text publications, lectures,
speeches and discussions.
- Information Centre about Asylum and Refugees in the UK
Run by the School of
Social Science and Public Policy at King's College London.
It contains useful statistical information; the Resource section
contains a searchable database of information dealing with
all aspects of Asylum in the UK and the site also includes
a useful downloadable guide to researching this subject area.
Part of the University of Oxford's
International Development Centre at Queen Elizabeth House.
Full text access to their in-house journal -
Migration Review . Also available are full
text working papers and links to relevant useful websites.
A combined group of lawyers
interested in expanding access to justice for all. Site contains
information human rights within the UK. The human rights section
contains links to LAG articles and guidance on the Human Rights
University of Essex Human Rights Centre
Some of the
Publications are available to download.
Access to the
Children and Armed Conflict site
with information on such issues as child soldiers.
Under the Student
Resources section, The Library provides a human
Rights Directory. some of the information is Essex
specific but others are useful guides and links.
Campaign group which has been
to protect and promote rights and freedoms since
It contains full text documents, policy
papers and articles on civil rights - but be aware
of the campaigning element of the site.