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May 21 2015

Access articles from Routledge Politics

UK General Election Research Collection

The 2015 UK General Election was tipped to be one of the most unpredictable ever, however, the main issues such as Europe, Trident, Immigration and the NHS were always going to be fiercely debated by the party leaders. Read a free article collection of over one hundred papers and five Special Issues to make research into fascinating election even easier and more enjoyable.

Please click here to enjoy free access until the end of June.

Visit the JEPP Resource Page

Visit  the Virtual Special Issues collated by the Editors, Jeremy Richardson and Berthold Rittberger.

Focus On: National Elections Free Collection

Take a look at Focus On: National Elections research collection – a wide assortment of free access articles which makes research into national electoral practices and issues. The collection is collated by region; Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania and The Americas. It is free until the end of the year and will be updated regularly.

Journal of Human Rights Article Explores Migrant Deaths in the Mediterranean

Just who is responsible for saving – or not saving – the lives of the hundreds of migrants who perish each year while trying to cross the Mediterranean in search of a better life in Europe is the focus of a new study in the Journal of Human Rights. Click here to start reading now.

HKUL users can continue to access the journal via http://library.hku.hk/record=b2997945



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Mar 19 2015

Exhibit “70 years, 70 documents” by the Dag Hammarskjöld Library


To celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, the Dag Hammarskjöld Library produced an online exhibition of pictures in 70 key documents with highlights on the organization’s work in the areas of peace and security, humanitarian assistance, development, and human rights. This online exhibit can be viewed under the research guides at http://research.un.org/en/UN70

At present, the exhibit with documents 1941-1965 is currently available while new documents will be added on a monthly basis.  Documents after 1965 will be released in late April 2015 onwards. Check back then and vote for your favourite important documents of the decade.


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Feb 24 2015

United Nations human rights jurisprudence database launched

The UN Human Rights Office has recently launched a major online database of Treaty Bodies’ case law, which is known as Jurisprudence, http://juris.ohchr.org. It forms as a starting resource of the human rights recommendations and findings issued by various Committees* in their work on individual cases.

The database was developed based on data originally from the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) of Utrecht University School of Law since the mid-1990s.

It contains case law indexed by various categories with search criteria including Region, State, year of publication, subject keywords, sessions and type of decisions.

* The Committees that can receive and consider individual complaints are:

Human Rights Committee (CCPR)
Committee against Torture (CAT)
Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)
Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED)
Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)
Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)


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Dec 16 2014

Human rights awareness month case map

To raise the awareness on human rights, Oxford University Press have recently produced a map of pins indicating 50 key human rights international cases from around the world, http://blog.oup.com/2014/12/human-rights-awareness-month-case-map/, each with a brief description and a link to a free article or report on the case. This map provides a quick tour to these cases, highlighting trends and themes, including some positive and some negative.  It showcases the variety of international, regional, and national mechanisms and fora for adjudicating human rights claims, and the range of rights that have been recognized.


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Oct 21 2014

Inter-American Court of Human Rights Database Launched

The Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACHR) Project of the Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review has recently released its Inter-American Court of Human Rights Database (iachr.lls.edu/database)


Its basic and advanced search options allow users to search the Inter-American Court’s decisions by case name, date of judgment, country, Judge, and Separate Opinion, as well as specific violations of the American Convention on Human Rights, Inter-American Convention on Forced Disappearance of Persons, Inter-American Convention to Prevent and Punish Torture, and the Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment, and Eradication of Violence Against Women. Search results for each case include a brief description of the case; information on judges, violations found by the Inter-American Court; and, if a summary is available, a link to a case summary.


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Nov 04 2013

Global Health and Human Rights Database Launched

Lawyers Collective and the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law at Georgetown University in Washington DC have recently launched The Global Health and Human Rights Database (www.globalhealthrights.org).  This database is an interactive, searchable, and fully indexed website of more than 1000 judgment, case law, national constitutions, and international instruments, as well as their translations and summaries.  It covers health and human rights law from both common and civil law jurisdictions, and features case law and other legal documents from more than 80 countries and in 25 languages.  As practitioners and scholars analyze legal strategies, this database can serve as a starting point for research and practice.


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Feb 21 2013

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. Westward Ho!
  2. The End of the Latin American Left
  3. Love Is a Battlefield
  4. What Richard III Can Teach Us Today
  5. What to Expect from a North Korean Nuclear Test
  6. Don’t Fear the Migrants
  7. Hate Obama’s Drone War?
  8. What George W. Bush Did Right
  9. Inside the Islamic Emirate of Timbuktu
  10. Liplomacy
  11. How does the U.S. minimum wage compare to those around the world?
  12. Military Brain Drain

[Source: Foreign Policy, 4th – 14th February 2013]


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May 17 2012

Latest articles published in Foreign Policy

  1. Why Do They Hate Us?
  2. The Most Powerful Women You’ve Never Heard Of
  3. Think Again: Al Qaeda
  4. 5 Reasons Obama Will Win in November
  5. The Worst Places to Be a Woman
  6. 5 Reasons a Sarkozy Loss Will Be a Disaster
  7. The New al Qaeda Franchises
  8. Citizen Chen
  9. Hi, I Killed Osama bin Laden and I Approve This Message
  10. The Dumb Idea Hall of Fame
  11. 9 Ways of Looking at Chen
  12. May Day Madness
[Source: Foreign Policy,  23th April- 2nd May , 2012]

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Apr 17 2012

Latest reports from IssueLab

  1. Affording Health Care and Education on the Minimum Wage
  2. Better Outcomes, Lower Costs: How Community-Based Funders Can Transform U.S. Health Care
  3. Channeling Change: Making Collective Impact Work
  4. The Devolution Initiative Evaluation: Innovation and Learning at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation
  5. Growth in World Contraceptive Use Stalling; 215 Million Women?s Needs Still Unmet
  6. The Impact on Inequality of Raising the Social Security Retirement Age
  7. Looking For Shadows: Evaluating Community Change in the Annie E. Casey Foundation Plain Talk Initiative
  8. Low-wage Workers Are Older and Better Educated than Ever
  9. Massachusetts Immigrants by the Numbers, Second Edition
  10. Looking Out for the Future: An Orientation for Twenty-First Century Philanthropists
  11. The Minimum Wage Is Too Damn Low
[Source: IssueLab]

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Feb 17 2012

International Justice Resource Center

The International Justice Resource Center (ijrcenter.org) at http://ihrlaw.org/ is an online resource website which supports law students researching or practicing international human rights law.  For instance, IJRC Interview Series provide insights into the practice of international human rights law.  The “Research Aid” section of the site provides original analysis and links to a variety of databases for researching primary and secondary sources of international human rights law, with the following sub-sections:


  • International Human Rights Instruments: look up treaties, declarations and others
  • Jurisprudence Databases: search for judgments and other decisions by international courts and quasi-judicial bodies from various databases
  • Analysis (including reviews of important new publications): find in-depth explanations of, and commentary on, international human rights law
  • Human Rights Conditions: research a particular State’s human rights record or widespread practices of international concern using the country-specific and thematic resources
  • Civil Society Actors: the websites of NGO and law school clinics are useful for keeping track of news, current commentary, and action campaigns by organizations active in the field of human rights
  • Thematic Research Guides: get a general understanding of a particular human right (e.g., freedom of expression or health) and tips for further research




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