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

Last Updated: May 22, 2018 12:05 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.
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Treaties and Laws

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

Treaty Resources 

Electronic Information System for International Law (EISIL – ASIL)

U. Minnesota Human Rights Library - Treaties

Audiovisual Library of the United Nations (research portal)
Click on "Research Library," then "Treaties".
Includes links to Collections maintained by the United Nations, other international organizations, states, and other entities.

United Nations Treaty Collection
Full text of treaties; status of treaties deposited with UN Secretary-General.

World Treaty Index

FLARE Index to Treaties (Institute of Advanced Legal Studies)

African Union OAU/AU Treaties, Conventions, Protocols & Charters


Foreign Law Guide (UB subscription database)

 World Legal Information Institute (WorldLII)
Guide to Law Online (Library of Congress)

International Digest of Health Legislation (WHO) (defunct?)
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)



Oxford Constitutions of the World 
(accessible ONLY in the Law Library) A keyword searchable database containing the full text of the constitutions and introductory and comparative notes of 192 countries and 144 territories and dependencies translated into English. Also includes the full-text of the constitutions of the 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Marshall Islands , the Northern Mariana Islands, the Federal States of Micronesia , and the U.S. Constitution.

The Avalon project at Yale Law School : documents in law, history and diplomacy
Database of full text documents from history.  Search by category or keyword. See, The American Constitution -- A Documentary Record

World Constitutions Illustrated (HeinOnline) (UB Only)

Constitute  (Google & Comparative Constitutions Project) -- 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)
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)
(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-
      HUDOC Manual

Locate IGO and NGO Reports and Other Resources


 United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

            Human Rights Bodies

            Universal Periodic Review
            ( a process involving a review of the human rights records
                of all  192 UN Member States once every  four years
. )

            Thematic Mandates

            Global Issues on the UN Agenda

             Universal Human Rights Index

UN Women: the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women

WomenWatch is the central gateway to information and resources on the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women throughout the United Nations system

Directory of UN Resources on Gender and Women's Issues (WomenWatch)



Audiovisual Library of the International Law
A portal with many useful research links 
Information on the UN human rights treaty system & its monitoring treaty bodies. Includes reports & documents from human rights treaty monitoring bodies.


European Commission - Gender Equality

 European Union by Topic

European Court of Human Rights (Strasbourg)

--Country Profiles 
   Factsheets on on the Court’s case-law and pending cases ORGANIZED BY COUNTRY  (compiled by The Press Service)

--Theme FactSheets 
  on the Court’s case-law and pending cases  (compiled by The Press Service)

Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (US Helsinki Commission)
      Gender Equality


Organization of American States

Inter-American Commission of Human Rights

Inter-American Commission of Women



African Union



Human Rights Watch       
Click on menu icon at top of page for TOPICS.

Human Rights NGO Links (U. Minn. Human Rights Library)


Provides references to reports, studies and journal articles on labor relations, employment, working conditions, and related subjects. Worldwide coverage.

Intergovernmental Organization Search Engine (Google)

DINGO (Directory of International NGOs in China)

Directory of Development Organizations (OECD)
This operation was implemented in partnership with European governmental and non-governmental organisations. It comprises a contact list of partner organizations, totalling over 8,000 entries.

Duke University NGO Research Guide

International Documents Collection (Northwestern University)
See List of IGOs

NGO Global Network (click on “LINKS”)
List of Non-governmental organizations associated with the United Nations

‍The NGO Cafe
---NGO Bungee Jumps
---Links to various NGO indices and resources on the internet.
     ---NGO Databases and Directories

Human Rights Education Associates - Research Centre "international NGO that supports human rights learning; the training of activists and professionals; the development of educational materials and programming; and community-building through on-line technologies."

Eldis ( Institute of Development Studies, Sussex )
Free access to relevant, up-to-date and diverse research on international development issues. Includes over 40,000 summaries and links to full-text research and policy documents from over 8,000 publishers. See Site Map.

 Business and Human Rights Resource Centre


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:

    You can also find relevant articles and other scholarly information by searching other online databases available at UB (subject list).

    *Westlaw/Lexis access is restricted to law students only

    More Journal Indexes

    Go to the “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

    Historical Abstracts
    Bibliography of Asian Studies
    Dissertations and Theses

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


     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 “



    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


     Human Rights Search Engine (U. Minn. & Others)

    Searchable database of NGO publications


    Advanced Google Search





    • BlawgSearch (Justia)
    • LexMonitor (LexBlog Network)
    • Global Voices Global Voices is an international community of bloggers who report on blogs and citizen media from around the world.

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