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International Law & Human Rights: A Short Guide: Basic Resources

Last Updated: Sep 18, 2018 8:03 PM

The Basics

BOOKS and Other Materials

Identify books and other materials.
Then locate them at UB, or submit Delivery+ request to obtain from another location.
Ask a librarian for help!

Encyclopedias

Treaties and Laws

Here is a selective list of sites useful for locating  international conventions (treaties) and laws of other countries.

Treaty Resources 


Laws 

Foreign Law Guide (UB subscription database)
http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/pdp/index.asp?ID=172

 World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII)
http://www.worldlii.org/catalog/272.html
         
Guide to Law Online (Library of Congress)
http://www.loc.gov/law/guide/

International Digest of Health Legislation (WHO) (defunct?)
http://www.who.int/idhl-rils/frame.cfm?language=english
Click on SUBJECTS; choose “Family Health” or “Human reproduction and population policies”; click on country name.  Examine other subjects as well.

Foreign and International Law Sources- Research Guides (Harvard)
http://guides.library.harvard.edu/law?subjects=show


Constitutions

The Avalon project at Yale Law School : documents in law, history and diplomacy
 http://avalon.law.yale.edu/default.asp
Database of full text documents from history.  Search by category or keyword. See, The American Constitution -- A Documentary Record http://avalon.law.yale.edu/subject_menus/constpap.asp

World Constitutions Illustrated (HeinOnline) (UB Only)
http://heinonline.org/HOL/Index?collection=cow&set_as_cursor=clear

Constitute  (Google & Comparative Constitutions Project) https://www.constituteproject.org -- Exploring World's Constitutions

Judicial Decisions and Opinions

Decisions - Paper format

International Law Reports, 1919+ KZ 199 I58


Decisions - Online

Audiovisual Library of the United Nations (research portal)
http://www.un.org/law/avl/
Click on "Research Library," then "Jurisprudence" for links to Court websites.
Includes "Jurisprudence of International Courts, Tribunals, quasi-judicial entities and other mechanisms for the peaceful settlement of disputes "

Oxford Reports on International Law (UB only)
http://libweb.lib.buffalo.edu/pdp/index.asp?ID=61
(click on "Oxford Reports on International Law " in left frame)


Human Rights Decisions - Paper format

Collection of Decisions of the European Commission of Human Rights (Recueil de Decisions de la Commission europeenne des droits de l'homme), 1960-1974 KJC5135.A5 E869

Decisions and reports / Council of Europe / European Commission of Human Rights
KJC5135 .A5 E87
(Decisions et rapports / Conseil de l'Europe / Commission europeenne des droits de l'homme) 1975+

Commonwealth Human Rights Law Digest K 3239.23 C66 (Ref)

Publications of the European Court of Human Rights (Publications de la Cour europeenne des droits de l'homme)

University of Nottingham, UK, International Human Rights Reports, 1994+ K 3239.23 I58 (Ref)


International Law Reports, 1919+ KZ 199 I58


Human Rights Decisions - Online

  • SIM Caselaw Database (University of Utrecht School of Law, Netherlands Institute of Human Rights)
    Covering: CCPR, CAT, CERD, CEDAW, ECHR, UNCOM, General Comments, Tribunals
  • Commonwealth and International Human Rights Case LawDatabases (Interrights)
    “…summaries of significant human rights decisions …, from both domestic Commonwealth courts, and from tribunals applying international human rights law such as the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the European Court of Human Rights and many more”
  • European Court of Human Rights (Strasbourg)
  • HUDOC  Database (European Court of Human Rights)
    "The HUDOC database provides access to the case-law of the Court (Grand Chamber, Chamber and Committee judgments, decisions, communicated cases, advisory opinions and legal summaries from the Case-Law Information Note), the European Commission of Human Rights (decisions and reports) and the Committee of Ministers (resolutions). "1998-

      

Locate IGO and NGO Reports and Other Resources

UNITED NATIONS


Europe


The Americas


Africa


OTHER IGO & NGO LINKS

Law Journals & Law Review Indexes

Search these legal periodical indexes to identify relevant articles.  Be creative with your search terms.  Try very general as well as specific searches.

Online Legal Periodical Indexes:


Online Indexes with Quickest CURRENT coverage

  • Current Index to Legal Periodicals (CILP) on Westlaw* only (most recent 8 weeks)
  • SSRN (Social Science Research Network)(2000s-present) Working papers, accepted papers.

Online Indexes with Foreign & International Coverage


*Westlaw/Lexis access is restricted to law students only

More Journal Indexes

Go to thev“Research Guides” page for UB Libraries.

Select databases from a variety of subjects such as Law & Legal Studies, Global Gender Studies, Health Sciences, and others. These databases will lead you to journal articles and other materials. Here are just a few:

Law & Legal Studies--International
CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online)
Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law Online

Global Gender Studies
Gender Watch
Academic Search Complete

History--World
Historical Abstracts
Bibliography of Asian Studies
Dissertations and Theses

Political Science
International Political Science Abstracts
PAIS International Online
JStor
CountryWatch
Web of Science (includes  Social Sciences Citation Index)

Medicine 
Medline
CINAHL

 To locate journals at UB (once you have a citation to an article):

 1. To find out if UB owns a particular journal, type the name of the JOURNAL (NOT the article title)
     in the UB Online Catalog as a TITLE search (click on the "Journals" button above the search box.).

 2. To find out if UB has access to a particular journal in full text ONLINE, type the name of the JOURNAL
     in “Electronic Journal Holdings” or “E-Journals 

Mega Search Engines for Journals

Research Guide Portals

News Sites

Use Google Translation Tools to translate (transliterate, that is...) any articles in other languages.

Internet Search Engines

Specialized Search Engines


General Search Engines


Blog Search Engines

General


Legal

Statistical Resources

Organization Directories and Search Engines (IGOs, NGOs, Think Tanks...)