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Human rights law resources

  1. 1. Human Rights Law Resources Kate Jackson, Michaelmas term 2015
  2. 2. What are we going to cover? • Getting Started – General Sources – Journal indexes – Others (theses, dissertations, research papers) • Primary sources – United Nations – Law reports • Searching by region • Keeping up to date BUT …..
  3. 3. We can skip/add things
  4. 4. General Sources of help • Research guides • Libguide on Human right law • Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Law • Oxford Reports on International Law
  5. 5. Journal indexes • Social Science Citation Index (via Oxlip+) • Westlaw International (via Westlaw UK) • Google Scholar @ http://scholar.google.com
  6. 6. Other sources • ProQuest Theses and Dissertations for Social Sciences and Humanities (via Oxlip+) • SSRN – Social Science Research Network (via Oxlip+)
  7. 7. Primary Sources Unless you know a good database/source that is easy to search then always start off with the institution that created it……. Image by Eugene Regis
  8. 8. United Nations • Huge organisation • Lots of different bodies – Treaty based bodies – Charter based bodies • Good starting point for thematic research • Good research guides
  9. 9. Finding UN Materials • Official Document System • UNBISnet • UNI-QUE • HeinOnline • Research Guides – UN Documentation guide – Oxford Libguide on UN materials
  10. 10. Finding Law Reports • Website of relevant court BUT…. • There are general collections – Oxford Reports on International Law – Westlaw – Worldlii – Interights
  11. 11. Finding materials by region or country • UN list by country • Universal Human Rights Index Database http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/Pages/U niversalHumanRightsIndexDatabase.aspx • Human Rights Watch • Amnesty International • Red Cross
  12. 12. Europe • Treaties and Basic Documents: – Council of Europe website – European Court of Human Rights main page • Case Law – ECHR – case law database – HUDOC – Databases such as Westlaw (for the EHRR reports), Justis and Oxford Reports of International Law – Free resources - Worldlii
  13. 13. Inter-American • Treaties and Basic Documents – Organisation of American States – The Inter-American Court - main website • Case Law – The Inter-American Court – under jurisprudence
  14. 14. Africa • Basic Documents and Treaties – The African Commission of Human and Peoples' Rights – African Court of Human Rights • Case Law – African Court of Human Rights - case law section – Human Rights Case Analyser
  15. 15. Keeping up to date • RSS feeds • Table of Content Services • Alerts (legal databases)
  16. 16. Any Questions?

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