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Research Resources

American Society of International Law (ASIL) guide to electronic resources (primary sources of international law, such as treaties, conventions, and case law; guidance on how to research international law; tools for searching ASIL’s publications)

Columbia Law Library’s Human Rights Research Guide

Cornell Law’s Legal Information Institute Global Resources Page

Duke Law Foreign and Comparative Law Research page

Hein Online including Law Journal and Foreign & International Law Resources libraries, treaties and international agreements, Treaties and Agreements Library (U.S. treaties), and United Nations Law Collection (multinational treaties) (including decisions of selected international tribunals.)

International Constitutional Documents

LawMoose World Legal Resource Center (by country links to online resources)

NYU Law: Foreign and International Law Research Index

Oxford Reports on International Law with decisions from international law courts, domestic courts, and ad hoc tribunals including commentary and analysis, and in many cases translations of foreign-language materials. (Penn Law subscribes to some but not all sections)

Yale Law School’s Foreign Law Research Guides

Penn Law Biddle Law Library Electronic Resources (some resources are available only to current Penn Law students and alumni) 

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals at Penn Law’s Biddle Law Library (current Penn Law students and alumni only)

International Law Documents

UN Treaty Collection

UN Interactive Treaty World Map

UN Human Rights Treaties - Ratifications and Reservations

UN Human Rights resources for human rights research

UN chief human rights bodies, including the Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights and Human Rights Council

UN Human Rights Universal Periodic Review

United Nations Charter

Human Rights Specific Research Guides

ABA Rule of Law Program

ABA’s Blawg Directory and the Law Library of Congress’s Law Blawg Archive (for human rights related news)

GlobaLex: International Human Rights Research Guide

Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Research Page

University of Minnesota’s Human Rights Library provides links to specialized NGO websites

Research Institutes and Organizations

Amnesty International

Center for Constitutional Rights

Health and Human Rights: An International Journal

Human Rights Watch

U.S. Institute of Peace Rule of Law Program

Regional Organizations and Governmental Websites

European Court of Human Rights

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights

Inter-American Court of Human Rights

African Commission on Human and People’s Rights

U.S. State Department produces annual reports on the status of human rights in individual countries.

U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom


NYU Law Guide to Foreign and International Legal Citations


International Observance Days - 2015

6 February: International Day of Zero Tolerance to Female Genital Mutilation
20 February:  World Day of Social Justice
1 March: Zero Discrimination Day - UNAIDS
8 March: International Women’s Day
21–27 March:  Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism and Racial Discrimination
21 March: International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
22 March:  World Water Day
24 March:  International Day for the Right to the Truth concerning Gross Human Rights Violations and for the Dignity of Victims 
25 March: International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
4 April: International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
7 April: Day of Remembrance of the Victims of the Rwanda Genocide 
7 April: World Health Day
25 April: World Malaria Day
3 May: World Press Freedom Day