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Human Rights in General

International organizations

Human Rights Organization

Human Rights News

Human Rights Topics

Human Rights

Documents and Law

War Tribunal and

International Criminal Court



International Relations and Human Rights

Prof. Michael Joseph Smith
Director, Political and Social Thought Program /
Woodrow Wilson Department of
Government and Foreign Affairs
232 Cabell Hall
Charlottesville, Virginia 22901

Human Rights Documents and Law

Minnesota Human Rights Library - The most comprehensive site on international human rights law, containing int'l documents, reports, decisions by int'l body and much more. Great links too.
DIANA - International Human Rights Database
Course in International Law - Readings for class at Griffith University
Human Rights Law Students Mailing List - for discussion of human rights law topics
Listserv archives at Washburn - old messages from the different legal mailing lists maintained there.
Columbia Rights Links - fulfills requests for cases, laws, or other legal materials available in the U.S.
Derecho y Legislación de Derechos Humanos - In Spanish


Research Guide to International Law on the Internet - University of Bologna
Legal Research on International Law Issues Using the Internet
Human Rights Law Bibliography - Hastings Law Library

Treaties and Conventions
Human Rights Treaties & Documents from University of Minnessota - the most comprehensive list available, most in French and Spanish too
Human Rights Instruments - another comprehensive list, from the UNHCHR
Inter-American Human Rights Treaties & Documents - and info on ratifications, from the OAS
Human Rights- Documents and Conventions at Fletcher.
Treaties deposited with the UN - Ratification Information, you mus register first (free)
Human Rights Treaties - by the World Policy Institute, North American Project
Treaties in Spanish

International Jurisprudence
Inter-American Court of Human Rights
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights
European Court of Human Rights
Research of articles and decisions in Public International Law and European Law
Human Rights Cases in US Courts

National Law
Washburn University: Foreign International Laws (by subject)
International Legislationespecially Refugee law and Case law.
Human Rights Law in Latin American Countries - in Spanish
UN Criminal Justice Statistics - for most countries, up to 1986

Areas of Law
Center for Law on Immigration and Asylum
Prison Law
The Other Side of the Wall - Prison & Prison Law
Law Journals
See also News and Information
Ko'aga Roñe'eta - Bilingual On-Line journal of Human rights
The Human Rights Brief - Journal from American University
International Human Rights Law Update - Summaries of US & Int'l cases
Hastings International and Comparaive Law Review - Includes several articles on the Alien tort Act
The Advisor - From Lawyers Committee on Human Rights
Human Rights Law
Inter-American Institute of Human Rights
Attorneys Without Borders
Lawyers Committee for Human Rights - New Improved site, with their newsletter and actions.
Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights


Special thanks to Cheyenne Sheafe for his assistance in the creation of this Human Rights website. Thanks as well to Prof. William F. Felice of Eckerd College. To submit URL links for consideration on this site, write to MJSmith@Virginia.EDU.

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Recent essay by M.J. Smith on Human Rights and International Legtimacy