Guide last updated by Katherine Read February 2022
This guide aims to give a brief introduction to the Library's holdings on Human Rights . Please consult the Library Catalogue for complete information on current titles and locations. If you require further assistance please contact us.
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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:
Please request these at the Library Enquiry Desk.
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.
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).
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 Library Enquiry Desk.
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. Titles marked as e-books may also be available in print. Access from home requires your IALS library barcode and your family name. E books with 'open access' status on the catalogue are available to all users of this guide.
Bisset, A. Blackstone’s international human rights documents 10th ed. 2016
Brownlie, I. & Goodwin-Gill, G. Brownlie's documents on human rights. 6th ed. 2010
Dijk, P. Van Theory and practice of the European Convention on Human Rights. 5th ed. 2018
Douglas, G. International and national perspectives on child and family law: essays in honour of Nigel Lowe. 2018 Intersentia (e-book)
Edwards, A. Violence against women under international human rights law. 2011 (e-book)
Elgar encyclopedia of human rights 2021- Elgar (e-book)
Fenton-Glynn, C. Children's rights and sustainable development: interpreting the UNCRC for future generations 2019 Cambridge Core (e-book)
Fleck, D. & Bothe, M. Handbook of international humanitarian law 3rd ed. 2013
Fortin, J. Children’s rights and the developing law 3rd ed. 2009 (e-book)
Fraser, J. Social Institutions and International Human Rights Law Implementation: Every Organ of Society. 2020 CUP (e-book)
Gearty, C. On fantasy island 2016
Harris, D. et al. Harris, O’Boyle & Warbrick: Law of the European Convention on Human Rights 4th ed.. 2018
Hickman, T. Public law after the Human Rights Act. 2010
Janis, M.W European human rights law. 3rd ed. 2008.
May, J. & Daly E. Human rights and the environment : legality, indivisibility, dignity and geography 2019 (e-book)
McColgan, A. Discrimination law text cases and materials 2nd ed. 2005
McDermott, Helen, et al. Human Rights and 21st Century Challenges: Poverty, Conflict, and the Environment. 2020. OUP. (e-book)
Moeckli, D. et al. International human rights law 3rd ed. 2018
O'Connell, R. Law, democracy and the European Court of Human Rights 2020 CUP (e-book)
Rainey, B. & others Jacobs, White and Ovey: The European Convention on Human Rights 8th ed. 2021
Ratner, S. Accountability for human rights atrocities in int. law 3rd ed. 2009
Tobin, J. The UN convention on the Rights of the Child 2019 OUP (e-book)
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
IALS Library holds a wide selection of current serial titles on Human Rights from many different jurisdictions. These are located on all floors of the Library. Some titles are only in printed volumes while others or available in both formats. For more detailed help, please refer to the guide on Finding journal articles.
The following titles focus particularly on Human Rights but there may be relevant articles in less specialised journals:
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.
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.
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:
European Parliament. Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union
Human Rights Watch (HRW)
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) - Human Rights by Country