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International Human Rights Law Research

This guide provides you with a starting point for doing International Human Rights Law research in our library. It is not comprehensive but rather meant to point you to certain key resources where you can begin your research.

Encylopedias & Dictionaries

Forsythe, David P., ed.,. Encyclopedia of Human Rights, 5 vols.  (Oxford, 2009) - print at call no. Ref. JC571 .E66 2009; electronic available through Storrs' Homer Babbige Library catalog.

Boczek, Boleslaw A., International Law: A Dictionary (Scarecrow, 2005) - print at call no. KZ1161 .B63 2005 - See chapter III, Individuals, Human Rights.

Robertson, David, A Dictionary of Human Rights, 2d ed (Europa, 2004) - print at call no. K3239.3 .R67 2004.

Country Studies, Country Profiles & World Factbook

You can find factual information about  selected countries in the Country Studies produced for the Department of the Army 1989-1998 by the Library of Congress Federal Reserach Division.  

For more recent information, see Country Profiles also from the Federal Research Division of the Library of Congress.

Also see the The World Factbook from the CIA..

Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

The annual Country Reports on Human Rights Practices – the Human Rights Reports – cover internationally recognized individual, civil, political, and worker rights, as set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international agreements. The U.S. Department of State submits reports on all countries receiving assistance and all United Nations member states to the U.S. Congress in accordance with the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 and the Trade Act of 1974.

Reference Works with Documents

Ghandi, Sandy, ed., Blackstone's International Human Rights Documents, 7th ed. (Oxford, 2010) - print at call no.  K3238 .B55 2010.

Lewis, Jon E., ed., A Documentary History of Human Rights : a record of the events, documents and speeches that shaped our world (Carrol & Graf, 2003) - print at call no.  K3240 .D63 2003. 

Cartwright, Rita Cantos & H. Victor Conde, Human Rights in the United States: a dictionary and documents (ABC-CLIO, 2000) - print at call no. Reference KF4747.5 .C37 2000.