Vol. 8, No. 1, September 2005

International Law and Human Rights

[Updated 7/09/12]


University of Minnesota Human Rights Library

This sterling site contains a vast repository of 60,000 of the most important international human rights treaties and instruments, general comments, recommendations, adjudications, advisory opinions, and views of human rights treaty bodies. Also included are material on the work of other United Nations human rights bodies and links to over 4000 other human rights websites. The resources hosted here include documents in English and eight other languages. A search feature allows visitors to search this library and other major human rights sources.

United Nations (UN)

This web site contains documents, information resources, information on publications, and the actions of the UN. Especially notable are the selected General Assembly and Security Council Resolutions. Two subdivisions of the page worth using are the section on International Law and the section on Human Rights. These pages include information on the International Criminal Tribunals and other international legal bodies.

The United Nations Treaty Collection

This web site provides access to over 1,550 volumes of treaties found in the United Nations Treaty Series and provides the latest status for over 500 multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary General. Currently, access is provided free of charge to students and academic researchers; access is immediately available from on-campus. (Registration may be required from off-campus locations.)

Organization of American States (OAS)

This web site contains useful and hard-to-find information including the documents of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. Basic documents of the OAS also are available, including organizational charts, reports, publications, and administrative tribunal judgments.

International Court of Justice

This site provides the docket of the Court, basic documents and publications, and most importantly a link to all cases and advisory opinions referred to the Court since 1946. An historical archive of judgments, opinions, pleadings and acts from the Permanent Court of International Justice (1920-1942).

Project Diana

This "online human rights archive" hosted by Yale Law School posts legal documentation on human rights issues, including court cases, United Nations documents, and statutes of various countries. Links are provided to archived issues of the Yale Human Rights and Development Law Journal.

United States Department of State

This site is mapped into several sections. The "About the State Department" contains information about the Secretary and the Department of State and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) information. "International Issues" contains policy statement on various topics; the "Countries, Regions" link contains information about regional bureaus and country information. "Press and Public Affairs" has press briefings, remarks, major publications list, and public affairs.


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