Human Rights/International Law

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Hague Academy Collected Courses Online. Includes Collected Courses: Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, 2006-2009

Hein Online Foreign & International Law Resources Database contains four parts: I: International Yearbooks and Periodicals; II: U.S. Law Digests; III: International Tribunals/Judicial Decisions; and IV: Other Significant Works Related to Foreign and International Law.

International Relations and Security Network (Center for Security Studies, ETH Zurich)


Multilateral treaties typically are administered by an "treaty body" which monitors its application and status, accumulates information and hears complaints.

United Nations

The main UN human rights treaties and with links to their treatry body are listed at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

United Nations Treaty Collection includes treaties and international agreements entered into by members of the United Nations.

Recent UN documents are available on their website. Older material is indexed in AccessUN and available in the Government Documents/Microtexct Collection (Lamont Level B) See their guide: United Nations Documents. The Harvard Law School also has research guides on human rights and on international law. links to reports and other documents (ratifications, reservations, declarations, objections and derogations) relating to UN treaties.

United Nations Human Rights Research Guide

Other treaties

Other treaties: Africa

African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights

African Union Treaties

Sources of Treaties Online

HeinOnline Treaties and Agreements Library includes several important treaty series, including official U.S. treaty publications; unofficial treaty publications; treaty guides and indexes; and various treaty collections, books and texts. Each treaty page is represented in both high quality image and OCR text formats. As a cost saving measure, HeinOnline does not review the OCR scanned text for errors.

Electronic Information System for International Law (EISIL)

Flare Index to Treaties

Human Rights Library- University of Minnesota

Multilaterals Project (Tufts University)

Print sources

Often older treaties are not available online

In HOLLIS search Subject keywords: [Country] Foreign Relations Treaties

Human rights: a compilation of international instruments. 6th revision. NY: United Nations, 2002. 2 v.
Documents (Lamont) | UN 146.457.15
Law School | ILS | K3238 .H863x 2002
Law School | Reference | K3238 .H863x 2002

More Information

How to Find a Treaty When You Don't Have a Citation

How to Find a Treaty When You Have a Citation

Researching Treaty Sources (University of Minnesota)

À la Recherche des Travaux Préparatoires: An Approach to Researching the Drafting History of International Agreements

Case Law: Courts, Commissions

UN Human Rights Committee is not a court but does issue decisions

International Criminal Law in Electronic Information System for International Law (EISIL)

International human rights reports. Nottingham, UK: Human Rights Law Centre, Dept. of Law, University of Nottingham, 1994- .
Law School | ILS | K3239.23 .I57

War Crimes Research Guide (Georgetown University Law Library)

African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights

International Criminal Court

Research Guide Websites

American Society of International Law Electronic Resource Guide

International Human Rights (University of Minnesota)

Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs (WWW Virtual Library)

African Human Rights Resources (The University of Minnesota Human Rights Library)

International Justice Resource Center


Human Rights at Harvard

African Union

There is a long list of human rights-related NGOs at the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library.


Armed Conflict Database covers international and internal conflicts, as well as terrorism, incl. information on refugees and returnees, internally displaced persons, weapons and weapon flows, fatalities, costs, historical backgrounds, and timelines.

Encyclopedia of human rights (online), ed. by David P. Forsythe. Oxford; NY: Oxford University Press, 2009. 5 v.
Law School | ILS | JC571 .E673 2009
Widener | RR 4103.4.3 (1996 (2nd. ed))

A handbook of international human rights terminology, by H. Victor Condé. 2nd ed. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2004, 393 p.
Law School | Reference | K3239.6 .C66 2004
Widener | RR 4103.4

Lexicon of human rights (online), by Cédric Viale. Leiden; Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2008, 518 p.
Law School Reference K3239.6 .V53 2008

Encyclopaedic Dictionary of International Law

Human Rights

Amnesty International

Human Rights Watch

United States Department of State Human Rights Reports

Printed versions can be found in HOLLIS with an author search on the organization name.

Women's Issues

Center for Reproductive Rights

Commission on the Status of Women (United Nations)

International Women's Rights Action Watch

International Women's Rights Action Watch country reports

Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women (U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights)

Women and Human Rights Links (University of Minnesota Human Rights Library)

Women in International Law: Research Resources

WomenWatch United Nations)

News, Blogs

Amnesty International USA Blog