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Human Rights

About This Guide

This Guide is a starting place for Human Rights research at the Garbrecht Law Library. It provides information on a selection of monographs and reference books on Human Rights. These books are available in print or electronically. It also provides a selection of internet based resources to begin researching Human Rights.

If you have any questions please contact the Reference Desk at 207-780-4351 or lawref@maine.edu.

Introduction to Human Rights.

If you are new to human rights law, or unfamiliar with a particular aspect of human rights law, start your research with a secondary source. This includes treatises on the subject. In addition to providing background information, explanatory analysis, and commentary, secondary sources will help you to identify primary law materials that are relevant to your topic, such as treaties, country reports, national legislation, and case law.  The list below will provide a great start.  Searching the library catalog, URSUS, will help you find more books on point.

Dictionaries and Guides

Citations to Selected Human Rights Treaties

Blogs

Finding Treaties

Key Resources

UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
The OHCHR's website provides access to a wealth of documentation, including the core human rights treaties, links to the treaty bodies that monitor compliance with these treaties, other international human rights instruments, a directory of human rights information by country, and a directory of human rights databases.

RefWorld
Although it focuses on refugee and asylum law, this UN database also includes materials that address other human rights topics.  Search or browse for international legal instruments (treaties), national laws, country reports, and case law