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LAW 783J - Jurisprudence of Human Rights (Prof. Perry Fall 2022)


With the research component of your class in mind, we have compiled a listing of useful resources for the topic of human rights jurisprudence.  If you have any questions, please request a student consult with a librarian using the form linked on the left hand side of this guide.

Important Documents

Universal Declaration of Human Rights (General Assembly Resolution 217A  (1948): The foundation of international human rights law

Core International Human Rights Instruments:  You can filter the list by subject.  The OHCHR list also has other universal instruments related to human rights. Core instruments include:

  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR)
  • International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD)
  • Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW)
  • Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT)
  • Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

European Convention on Human Rights: With protocols and cases of the European Court of Human Rights

Documents of the Inter-American system of human rights: Include:

  • American Convention on Human Rights
  • Protocol to the American Convention on Human Rights to Abolish the Death Penalty
  • Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence Against Women
  • Inter-American Convention Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, and Related Forms of Intolerance
  • Inter-American Convention Against All forms of Discrimination and Intolerance

African Charter on Human and Peoples' Rights


Guide Authorship and Currency

Originally published on September 1, 2022 by Amy Flick.

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