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Human Rights  

A guide to the library holdings on human rights
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This guide aims to give a brief introduction to the Library's holdings on Human Rights . Please consult the Library Catalogue and the List of Current Serials for complete information on current titles and locations. If you require further assistance please contact us.

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Katherine Read, November  2016

 

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Introduction to the Library Catalogue

This Subject Guide only lists a selection of Library resources on Human Rights. To find additional resources you will need to search the Library Catalogue, which covers the complete holdings of the Library. It is possible to search for books, journals and series of law reports by author, title or keyword. Please note it is not possible to search for individual chapters, journal articles or legislation (e.g. individual Acts or SIs).

IALS Library is mainly open access and readers are able to browse the shelves in the main collection. There are two main exceptions to this:

  • Older items (marked RES or Depository on the catalogue record) are kept in the closed basement.
  • Key texts for LLM students are often kept in the Short Loan collection.

Please request these at the Library Enquiry Desk on the 4th Floor.

For more information on understanding the catalogue record and further guidance on the location of materials please refer to our guide Classmarks and the Location of Resources in the Library.

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Books

The Library classifies textbooks either by jurisdiction (GO13, GA2 etc.) or according to subject area, examples of which include Comparative Law (SB), Public International Law (SG) and Private International Law/ Conflict of Laws (SH). Textbooks on Common Law topics for Common Law jurisdictions (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, UK, USA) are shelved in a special section (SJ). All classmark sections have a FOL section for oversize volumes, which is located on the same floor of the Library.

When you are searching the Library Catalogue for books, please note that only the current edition is held on the open shelves or in the Short Loan collection. IALS has a rich collection of previous editions held in the closed basement and these will display a Depository number on the catalogue. Please request previous editions from the Issue & Enquiry Desk on the 4th floor.

UK Human Rights material is shelved at GA2.C.5
European Union human rights
material is shelved at GO1.A1.C.5
Council of Europe & European Commission Human Rights
material is shelved at GO1.A25
International Human rights
material is shelved at SG85

The following list represents a selection of textbooks on Human Rights . Please check the catalogue records for further information and location:

Alston, P. & Goodman, R.  International human rights: the successor to International human rights in context: law politics and morals : text and materials.   2013            

Bell, C.  Peace agreements and human rights  2001          

Bisset, A.    Blackstone’s international human rights documents   10th ed. 2016            

Brownlie, I.    Basic documents on human rights. 5th ed. 2006                

Dijk, P. Van   Theory and practice of the European Convention on Human Rights. 4th ed. 2006              

Edwards, A.   Violence against women under international human rights law. 2011      

Feldman, D.   Civil liberties and human rights in Eng. & Wales  2nd ed. 2002       

Fleck, D. & Bothe, M.  Handbook of international humanitarian law 3rd ed. 2013            

Fortin, J.    Children’s rights and the developing law 3rd ed. 2009    

Gearty, C. On fantasy island  2016

Harris, D. et al.   Harris, O’Boyle & Warbrick: Law of the European Convention on Human Rights 3rd ed. 2014               

Hickman, T.    Public law after the Human Rights Act.  2010       

Janis, M.W     European human rights law. 3rd ed. 2008.           

Marshall, J.    Personal freedom through human rights law: autonomy, identity and integrity under the European Convention on Human Rights. 2009        

McColgan, A.    Discrimination law text cases and materials 2nd ed. 2005                                           

Moeckli, D. et al.   International human rights law 2nd ed. 2014

Rainey, B. & others Jacobs, White and Ovey: The European Convention on Human Rights     6th ed. 2014

Ratner, S.    Accountability for human rights atrocities in int. law   3rd ed. 2009            

Van Bueren, G. International law on the rights of the child  1994                               

Van Bueren, G. International documents on children. 2nd ed. 1998

Wadham, J.        Blackstone’s guide to the Human Rights Act 1998. 6th ed. 2011                                                                              

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Legislation and Law Reports

If you are interested in legislation or cases concerning Human Rights  issues in specific countries you will need to consult the legislation or law reports for that jurisdiction.

Consult the List of Serials and Library Catalogue to find the general classmark for the country you require. Consult consolidations of legislation, digests or indexes to trace particular acts or cases.

Academic users may also use databases like Lexis/Westlaw to find UK, US, EU or international decisions. For further information please refer to the Electronic Law Library or ask at the Library Enquiry Desk.

You may also find it useful to refer to our guides on finding Legislation and Cases or check to see if we have a Jurisdiction Research Guide for the country you are interested in.

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Free internet sources

Eagle-i is an internet portal maintained and updated by IALS library staff. It allows you to search for quality web resources on international economic law http://193.62.18.232/dbtw-wpd/textbase/searchEI.htm

A valuable free source is BAILII, the British and Irish Legal information Institute which is based and maintained at IALS. It provides free access to full text UK judgments and legislation on a wide range of subjects including Human Rights and also links to other free World Law databases. Jurisdictions covered in these resources include Commonwealth countries eg. AustLII  (Australia) and CanLII (Canada), France, Germany, Italy, the USA and South Africa.

The following represent a sample of the available quality individual web resources on Human Rights

Amnesty International

http://www.amnesty.org/

ASIL Human Rights Resource Guide by Marci Hoffmann

http://www.asil.org/sites/default/files/ERG_HUMRTS.pdf

European Parliament. Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union

http://www.europarl.europa.eu/comparl/libe/elsj/charter/default_en.htm

Human Rights Library.  University of Minnesota. Links to a wide range of resources

http://www1.umn.edu/humanrts/

 

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