Additional Sources for Human Rights Research

Other Libraries' Catalogues

To find materials outside the OHCHR Library, you may want to search the following resources or contact the Library for other options including interlibrary loan. See also, our Guide to Finding UN Human Rights Documents.

Library of the UN Office at Geneva (UNOG)
For items located in Geneva that are not available at OHCHR. A large collection in all areas of interest to the UN and other inter-governmental and non-governmental organizations. OHCHR staff may access in-person, online, or via interlibrary loan (ILL).
UN Bibliographic Information System (UNBISNET)
For items of interest to UN agencies. Includes UN documents and publications, commercial publications, and non-UN sources indexed by the UNOG Library and the Dag Hammarskjöld Library at UN Headquarters in New York. Mainly 1979-present. OHCHR staff may access online or via ILL.
Geneva Library Network
For items located in Geneva that are not available at OHCHR. A group of academic and specialized libraries with a collection of nearly 5 million books and several thousand electronic resources and videos. Specific groups (in french) may borrow books directly. OHCHR staff may request an ILL through the OHCHR Library.

Human Rights Collections & Indexes

The following links refer to other specialized human rights collections. You may follow them to find additional online resources or to identify materials to request on interlibrary loan through the OHCHR Library.

A sophisticated search engine aimed at human rights professionals and serious researchers, covering thousands of sources. Includes resources from NGOs, academic institutions, and national and international human rights institutions.
Human Rights Research and Education Centre, University of Ottawa
Includes over 35,000 entries on Canadian and international human rights. Also includes thematic links to other resources.
University of Minnesota Human Rights Library
A collection of over 60,000 documents on human rights. The site includes thematic links and Google searches limited to this and other sites.
Derechos Humanos - Human Rights Links
A large collection of links to online resources in English and Spanish. Organized by subject. These include campaigns, law, NGOs, international organizations, education, etc.
UN Practitioner’s Portal on HRBA Programming
The Practitioner’s Portal brings together a wide range of resources on integrating human rights-based approaches (HRBA) into development programming, making them accessible to users through a single entry point (

Human Rights Institutions & Organizations

Human Rights Organizations
Detailed list maintained by the Human Rights Research and Education Centre at the University of Ottawa.
Council of Europe: Human Rights and Legal Affairs
Information on standard-setting and monitoring activities as well as cooperation with member states.
OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights
The Organization for Security & Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office is based in Warsaw, Poland. It is active in the fields of election observation, democratic development, human rights, tolerance and non-discrimination, and rule of law.

International Legal Sources: General

ASIL: Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law—Human Rights
An extensive guide to primary and secondary sources in international human rights law. Focuses on electronic sources but includes general research tips for locating documents and other materials. From the American Society of International Law.
International & Comparative Law
A guide maintained by the National University of Singapore Law Library. Includes links indexes to law resources, regional and national organizations, and treaties and conventions.
Foreign & International Law Sources on the Internet
From the Cornell University Law Library. Includes sections on foreign law sites, transnational organizations, U.S. Government sources on foreign and international law, and a topical guide.
See also: Law by Source: Global
World Legal Information Institute
A free, independent and non-profit global legal research facility developed collaboratively by, and including information from, legal information institutes and other organizations. Also contains 15,000+ links to law-related web sites.
Research Library of the UN Audiovisual Library of International Law
An online collection of web links to materials on treaties, jurisprudence of international courts and tribunals, UN publications and documents, and other scholarly information.

International Legal Sources: Specialized

Human Rights Mechanisms, Law, & Policy

Africa, Regional
Asia, Regional
Europe, Regional
National Human Rights Protection & Legislation

International Humanitarian Law
An explanation and resources from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
International Constitutional Law
Constitutions of the Americas

Conventions, Treaties, etc.

United Nations Treaty Collection
International Legal Search Engine to Human Rights and Humanitarian Law
Search for relevant treaties/conventions or specific articles in them, by country, domain (e.g. humanitarian law, rights of the child, etc.), and/or topic.
Council of Europe Treaties
International Labour Standards from the International Labor Organziation (ILO)
UNCITRAL Texts from the UN Commission on International Trade Law.
UNESCO Legal Instruments from the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.


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