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LAW 690B - Human Rights Advocacy (Prof. Ludsin, Spring 2024)

Starting Points

Research Guides:

Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law: Detailed articles on international law topics, with citations, document lists, and bibliographies. Includes links to documents and the Oxford Law Citator for finding citation form and related citing documents. Be sure to check article dates for currency.

Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law: Articles on procedural issues in international courts and complaints procedures, including bibliographies, document and case citations, and the Oxford Law Citator . 

Dictionary of International Human Rights Law (Elgar Online): Definitions of terminology specific to international human rights law

CRS Research Reports: Reports by the Congressional Research Service on issues before Congress, including many on US foreign policy. Find them on,, the Federation of American Scientists, and ProQuest Congressional. The Law Library of Congress also produces reports on Foreign, comparative, and international law for members of Congress. 

Human Rights News and Current Awareness

Global Legal Monitor: Browse by topic or jurisdiction, or search to find articles on developments in foreign and international law. Articles are in English and include links to primary and news sources referenced. The Topics list includes Human Rights and Civil Liberties, Immigration, and Asylum.

Jurist World Legal News: Daily posts of legal news from around the world, with a search feature. 

UN News: Portal of UN news on its activities, including topic areas in Advanced Search for Human Rights and Migrants & Refugees. There is also a keyword search. Subscribe to daily or weekly updates by topic. 

ASIL Insights: Brief analysis of newsworthy stories in international courts, treaties, and international law

ASIL International Law in Brief: Abstracts of and links to new primary documents in international law, updates International Legal Materials

Human Rights Watch:  Browse the topics list to find news and reports

Amnesty InternationalNews and reports by topic and country. Topics include Human Rights Defenders and Activists, Internet and Social Media, Migrants, and Refugees. 

LawfareNational security news and blog. The extensive topics list includes International Law, Disinformation, Privacy, and Immigration

Just SecurityNational security news and blog. Current key topics include Immigration, Racial Justice, and Law of Armed Conflict, or search for topics like "disinformation."

Justia Blawg SearchBrowse or search for posts in legal blogs. The category list includes Human Rights, Immigration Law, Civil Rights, International Law, and Constitutional Law.

News sites that cover foreign and international news subjects may have coverage of human rights issues

Newspapers from other countries:

Secondary Sources for Law and Human Rights

CIAO (Columbia International Affairs Online): Database of journal articles, working papers, and policy briefs from NGOs and research institutes.  Topic filters include Asylum,  Human Rights, Development, and Immigration. 

Law review articles: Westlaw, Lexis and Hein Online all have law review articles on international law and human rights, as well as U.S. civil rights.

Index to Foreign Legal Periodicals (IFLP): Search by keyword, subject, country of publication or heading.  Links to full-text of articles available on Hein, and to Emory's catalog for other availability. Law journals of other countries can be useful for researching the domestic law of those countries, as well as international law.

Journal of Human Rights Practice: an academic journal focusing on human rights practice and activism

Emory Library collections: Use Library Search to search the catalog for books on international law and human rights. For print materials, international human rights can be found, in general, near K3240. U.S. Immigration Law is at KF4819 . The catalog also includes records for e-books, with links.

Titles on human rights practice include:

Social Science and Interdisciplinary Journals

Your project may require research in journals from disciplines other than law, including psychology, sociology, economics, criminology, and public health. You have access as an Emory student to many other databases of academic journals, both full-text and indexes.

Emory A-Z DatabasesYou can browse databases by subject (Political Science, Psychology, LGBT Studies), or search for databases with your search terms ("human rights," statistics)  in their database descriptions. 

Library Search: The catalog for the Emory libraries is also a database for searching articles and online-access books in multiple campus (non-law) databases. Log in first as an Emory user. Use Articles+ and filters for title, subject, or "any field."  Results will include links to the articles in campus databases. To search for electronic journals by title, use Emory e-Journals

Multi-disciplinary journal databases:

 JSTOR: Full-text, pdf journals, including older volumes. Disciplines include Feminist & Women's Studies, Health Policy, International Relations, Latin American Studies, Public Health, Public Policy, History, and Statistics.

Academic Search Complete: Multi-disciplinary database of full-text scholarly journals,  searchable by full-text and fields. Many articles are available in PDF. 

Social Science journal databases:

Social Sciences Abstracts: Searchable index of social science journals, including political science, sociology, anthropology, pscychology, sociology, and economics. Full-text available for some results, others with Find it @ Emory links. 

PAIS International: Searchable index of articles, books, policy papers, and government documents in public policy, social policy, and social sciences. Results as citations and abstracts with Find it @ Emory links. 

Contemporary Women's Issues: Global information on women from journals, newsletters, and research reports in disciplines including sociology, psychology, law, health, education, and business.

Women's Studies International: Scholarship in feminist research in the areas of sociology, history, political science, and international relations. Sources include journals, newspapers, newsletters, books, reports, and dissertations.

SocINDEX:  Searchable database of sociology journals, books, dissertations, and conference papers. Includes international and non-U.S. journals. Full-text available for some results, others with Find it @ Emory links.

Psychology and Behavioral Science Collection: Full-text journals covering topics such as emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.

PsycINFO: Indexes and provides access to major peer-reviewed journals and scholarly literature in the behavioral sciences and mental health.

Public Health journal databases:  

PubMedDatabase of the National Library of Medicine. Citations to biomedical articles back to the 1950's, from MEDLINE and other science journal databases. Links are included to many articles either as free web resources or through Find it @ Emory. 

CABI Global Health:  Searchable abstracts of international journals on disease, nutrition, and public health. 

ASSIA (Applied Social Sciences Index and Abstracts): Searchable index of journals in public health, medicine, psychology, sociology, and social work. Includes international and non-U.S. journals. Full-text available for some results, others with Find it @ Emory links. 

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