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International Human Rights Legal Research

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International Human Rights Legal Research

  1. 1. International Human Rights Research<br />Margaret Clark<br />Reference Librarian<br />FSU College of Law Research Center<br />February, 2010<br />
  2. 2. What we’ll cover…<br />United Nations<br />Treaties<br />Judicial decisions<br />Country reports<br />Other research tools<br />
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  7. 7. CHARTER DOCUMENT SEARCH<br />Searching by committee<br />
  8. 8. Searching by country<br />
  9. 9. Searching by country and subject<br />
  10. 10. TREATY BODY DATABASE<br />
  11. 11. When researching the U.N.:<br />Documents may be more political than legal<br />Speeches<br />Statements<br />Letters by gov’t representatives <br />Most important for legal research<br />Studies and reports<br />Treaties, resolutions, judgments<br />
  12. 12. United NationsResearch Strategies<br />Get overview of U.N.’s involvement with your topic during the last few years.<br />What bodies are involved?<br />What documents produced?<br />What are the document symbols?<br />Become familiar with bodies dealing with your topic.<br />Find and study any resolutions<br />1st pars. cite to earlier resolutions<br />Final pars. announce a plan<br />Are there any studies or reports cited? <br />
  13. 13. United Nations Databases<br />OHCHR Library<br />UN BISnet<br />UN Official Document System (ODS)<br />
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  15. 15. TREATIES<br />
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  17. 17. Judicial Decisions<br />International Bodies<br />ICJ<br />UN treaty bodies<br />Tribunals and international courts<br />Regional bodies<br />National Courts<br /><ul><li>Supreme courts
  18. 18. Appellate courts</li></li></ul><li>Tools for locating judicial decisions<br />Secondary Sources<br />Court Sites<br />Reporters <br />Digests<br />UN Treaty Databases<br />
  19. 19. Tools for locating judicial decisions<br />Secondary Sources<br />
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  21. 21. Tools for locating judicial decisions<br />Secondary Sources<br />
  22. 22. Tools for locating judicial decisions<br />Case Reporters -- Print<br />Int’l Human Rights Reporter <br />Human Rights Law Journal<br />International Legal Materials<br />Case Reporters -- Online<br /><ul><li>International Legal Materials
  23. 23. Human Rights Cases (Lexis)</li></li></ul><li>Tools for locating judicial decisions<br />Digests<br />Fee-based<br />Oxford Reports on International Law<br />International Law Reports<br />Free<br />HUDOC<br />World Court Digests<br />
  24. 24. Search<br />Browse<br />
  25. 25. Headnotes and Analysis<br />
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  28. 28. Tools for locating judicial decisions<br />International Law Reports (ILR)<br />In print only !! <br />full text opinions in English<br />Best source for finding recent decisions<br />Best source for older decisions (1919 to present)<br />KZ 199.I58 (1st floor of Library)<br />
  29. 29. Tools for locating judicial decisions<br />ILR– Index Volumes<br />Treaty Index (treaties referred to in decisions reported in ILR)<br />By date<br />By subject<br />By title<br />Case Index (includes decisions of national court decisions and international tribunals)<br />Alphabetically<br />Jurisdiction <br />
  30. 30. International Law Reports<br />Treaty Index<br />
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  32. 32. Tools for locating judicial decisions<br />UN Treaty Body Tools<br />Treaty Body Document Search (UN)<br />Bayefsky.com <br />U. Minnesota’s Human Rights Library<br />
  33. 33. Judicial Decisions – Treaty body database <br />
  34. 34. Judicial Decisions –Bayefsky.com<br />
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  36. 36. Judicial decisions – Treaty bodies<br />Jurisprudence of the treaty bodies :<br />“Views” (admissibility and on merits)<br />“Decisions” (determinations of inadmissibility)<br />“Opinions” (on the merits)<br />Annual compilation of all decisions in:<br />Annual report “Report of the Committee…<br />
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  39. 39. Country Reports <br />
  40. 40. Independent Experts<br /><ul><li>Human Rights Watch
  41. 41. Amnesty International</li></ul>Specific Web sites<br />Non-governmental organizations<br />Government – US State Dept; UK Home Office<br />Collection of Country Reports Online<br />
  42. 42. Tools for locating State Reports, <br />Concluding Observations, Comments<br />Treaty Body web site<br />U.N. Treaty Body Document Search<br />Bayefsky.com<br />Treaty Bodies<br /><ul><li>State Reports
  43. 43. Concluding Observations</li></li></ul><li>Country Reports–Bayefsky.com<br />
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  45. 45. Tools for locating documents of the <br />Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council<br /><ul><li>OHCHR web site (Countries), recent
  46. 46. Charter-based Bodies Document Search (UN)
  47. 47. Universal Human Rights Index</li></ul>Charter Bodies<br /><ul><li>Special Procedures
  48. 48. Universal Periodic Reviews</li></li></ul><li>
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  53. 53. Toolsfor locating documents of the <br />Universal Periodic Reviews<br />UNHCHR web site<br />UPR.org<br />Charter Bodies<br /><ul><li>Special Procedures
  54. 54. Universal Periodic Reviews</li></li></ul><li>
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  58. 58. Universal Periodic ReviewUPR-Info.org<br />
  59. 59. Other research tools<br />Human Rights Documents (FSU materials)<br />Hurisearch (Search engine)<br />Human Rights LibGuide (Research guide) <br />
  60. 60. http://www.law.fsu.edu/library/collection/HumanRights/index.html<br />
  61. 61. Search Engine HURISEARCH<br />Only search engine for human rights<br />Searches 3000 web sites<br />Can search by language, organization, country<br />Use this search engine to:<br />investigate human rights situation in countries<br />search information on an issue<br />search content of a human rights web site<br />
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  64. 64. Research Guides <br />
  65. 65. Research Guides<br />
  66. 66. Questions?<br />

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