Research Guide for the International Human Rights Program

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General Human Rights Resources

Thomas Buergenthal, Dinah Shelton & David P. Stewart, International Human Rights in a Nutshell (2002). D'Angelo Law, Permanent Reserve XXK3240.4.B842 2002

David Weissbrodt & Connie de la Vega, International Human Rights Law:  An Introduction (2007).  D'Angelo Law, Permanent Reserve  XXK3240.W45 2007

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights:

University of Minnesota Human Rights Library:

ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law or ERG): International Human Rights:

United Nations Documentation:  Research Guide:  Human Rights

Human Rights Treaties, Jurisprudence, Documents

Core International Human Rights Instruments (OHCHR)

The United Nations Human Rights Treaties (by state, category, theme or subject matter such as health or women):

Electronic Information System for International Law (EISIL):  International Human Rights, Basic Sources:  Primary Documents:

Human Rights Treaties and Jurisprudence (Northwestern selected resources):

The Official Document System of the United Nations (ODS):


The Treatment Action Campaign (Cape Town, South Africa; advocates for right of access to life-saving treatment for people with HIV/AIDS and TB; access to affordable medicines; acts against unfair discrimination): 

Human rights research is: complex, local, national, regional, international, interdisciplinary.

Books and Journal Articles

Peace Palace Library

Library Catalog

            Subject Searches:

Human Rights (see cross-references, sub-divisions)

Human Rights - Cases (...digests; also title keyword:  jurisprudence, case-law)

            Human Rights-Government policy-[country]

            Human Rights - [region, i.e. America, Latin America]

            Human Rights - [country]

            [international human rights tribunal or instrument]

            Civil Rights; Rule of Law; Justice, Administration of


UNBISnet (the UN bibliographic information system):

Westlaw (journal databases and indexes - Legal Resource Index or LRI, Legal Journals Index - UK and Europe)

LexisNexis (journal databases and indexes - Legal Resource Index or LRI)


Project MUSE (full text of the Human Rights Quarterly):

Law Journals (full-text and indexes):

Non-Law (full-text journal databases, indexes, and abstracts):

Country Reports/Factual Information

University of Chicago Human Rights Program (organization database, internship reports, former interns):

U.S. Department of State, Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

ASIL ERG Links to Country Reports

UNHCR's Refworld:

University of Minnesota's Human Rights Library 

U.S. State Department's Travel Information - Country Specific Information:

U.S. Department of State

Amnesty International

Human Rights Watch Reports and Country Information:

Country of Origin Research (Immigration and Review Board of Canada):

Forced Migration Online's Regional Resources (University of Oxford's Department of Economic Development):

The Protection Project - Human Rights Reports (trafficking in persons):'s Case Support:

U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) :

News Sources


LexisNexis: News & Business Tab > By Country & region

World News Connection:

Contains nearly 8,000 sources from 118 countries and 22 languages. Includes newswires, newspapers, magazines, tv and radio transcripts.  Select "Sources" and then "Publications by Region" to limit by region or country.

Facts on File World News Digest:

Internet Public Library (IPL) Newspapers Collection:

Keesing's World News Archives:

Google News:

Foreign Law 

Full -Text

Legal materials for Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, EU, France, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Northern Ireland, Philippines, Scotland, Singapore, South Africa, UK; EELEG (Eastern European Legal Texts in English translation)

Legal materials for Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Mexico (the Diario oficial (official gazette of laws)), the European Union, and the United Kingdom (Scotland, England and Wales)

World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII):

Specialized Literature/Web Links

Asian Law Online (bibliographic database):

Asian Legal Information Institute (AsianLII)(China, India)

Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII):

Australian Human Rights Centre (AHRC):

Australian Journal of Human Rights:

British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII)

Commonwealth Legal Information Institute (CommLII):

Southern African Legal Information Institute (SaFLII):

Finding Tools

Foreign Law Guide:


Global Legal Information Network (GLIN):

Foreign Law Research Guide (country-by-country grid):

Basic Guide to Researching Foreign Law (Mary Rumsey):

CALS Asylum Case Research:

Guide to Country Research for Refugee Status Determination:

International Law


HeinOnline Treaties and International Agreements Library:

HeinOnline Foreign and International Law Resources Databases:

United States Treaty Collection (UNTS, LNTS):

Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General (status of treaties):



Electronic Information System for International Law (EISIL):

Australian Treaties Database:

International Courts and Tribunals Library

Research Guides

ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law (ERG):

Researching International Law on the Internet:

Marci B. Hoffman & Robert C. Berring, International Legal Research in a Nutshell (2008) D'Angelo Law, Permanent Reserve XXKZ1234.H644 2008

Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations:


Columbia International Affairs Online (CIAO):

Foreign and International Law Resources (U of C):

Research Guides By Subject (A-Z listing): 

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