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.
The International Privacy Law Library on WorldLII has been recently expanded. As of 30 April 2014, this Library containing 32 databases includes about 3,600 decisions of 13 privacy and data protection authorities, from New Zealand, Ireland, the United Kingdom, Hong Kong, Australia, Korea, Macau, Mauritius, the United States and the European Union, plus hundreds of decisions by appeal tribunals and courts. These decisions are located on AustLII, NZLII, BAILII, HKLII, AsianLII and WorldLII. The whole Library covers over 8,500 searchable items, including Court and tribunal decisions, law journal articles, law reform publications, legislation and international agreements concerning privacy. This library can serve as a starting point for research on decisions comparison on privacy principles made in different jurisdictions.
For details, official announcement is available at http://www.worldlii.org/worldlii/announce/2014/1.pdf
User guide to International Privacy Law Library is available at http://www.worldlii.org/int/special/privacy/user_guide_ipll.pdf
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.
International law Twitter feed @OUPIntLaw is developed by the international law team at the Oxford University Press and provides tweets for news, commentary, cases and insight stories on international law.
The first issue of the London Review of International Law (http://lril.oxfordjournals.org/) has gone live online. Published by Oxford University Press, it focuses on the areas of international legal theory, international legal history and international socio-legal studies and is completely free online for the first two years.
The ICC Legal Tools Database has made the unrestricted records of the United Nations War Crimes Commission (UNWCC) accessible, including its Far Eastern and Pacific Sub-Commission, and its three committees. More than 2,240 UNWCC documents, totalling 22,184 pages, which are searchable, have been added to the ICC Legal Tools Database. The records include meeting minutes from the Commission and its subordinate bodies, their working documents, and materials from the Research Office.
The Commission operated from 1943 to 1948 and played an important role in preparing the ground for war crimes trials following World War II. The UNWCC documents shed light on the historical origins of international criminal law.
To share ideas of outreach activities, promote interests in global UN issues and encourage the use of UN information resources, Dag Hammarskjöld Library has recently launched a Global Outreach Map. With this map, feedback about the kind of research works related to the collection of UN documents and publications, list of promotional activities and training workshops organized by the UN Depository Libraries will be published. Click on link to view the map now, http://www.un.org/depts/dhl/deplib/index.html
In honor of the 60th anniversary of the appointment of Dag Hammarskjöld as Secretary-General, the library has recently launched a new UN Documentation Research Guide (http://research.un.org/en/docs) with expanded and updated information. Beginning in April 2013, the old guide will not be updated, with the exception of the current General Assembly and Security Council resolutions tables. New research guides include a guide to online UN information resources (http://research.un.org/en/un-resources). For more about what newly included, please check http://www.un.org/Depts/dhl/resguide/new.htm
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
Editors of the British Yearbook of International Law have selected articles available for free access across the Yearbook’s archive, accessible from Oxford University Press website, http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/bybil/free_papers.html In addition, Oxford journal subscribers can retrieve Advance Access papers from the Advance Access page.