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)
The UN Dag Hammarskjöld Library is collaborating with the Library of the United Nations Office at Geneva in digitizing pre-1993 UN documents. Documents in the six official languages are scanned, processed for full text retrieval, and uploaded to the ODS (UN Official Documents System). The updated checklist in PDF format of pre-1993 UN parliamentary documents that have been digitized and uploaded can be downloaded from the webpage of United Nations Depository Libraries with last update on December 2014.
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