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Research Guide: Public Law and Human Rights: Databases

Public, Human Rights & Education Law

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy (Harvard) Open Access

The website offers the organization's articles, case studies, reports and speeches, as well as bibliographic information about the Center's published books.  The Center's "Program Areas" cover topics such as "American Exceptionalism," "nongovernmental Organization (NGO) Effectiveness," "Social Psychology to Conflict Escalation," and "Religion and Human Rights."  These Program Areas produce working papers, conference reports, meeting summaries, and colloquia materials.

Campaign to Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking Open Access

The Administration for Children and Families, an agency of the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), provides information for both victims and intermediaries.

Center for Law and Social Policy Open Access

This extensive site offers reports, policy briefs, fact sheets, legislative and regulatory analysis, presentations, and testimony on the topics of child care and early education; child support and fathers; child welfare; childbearing and pregnancy prevention; civil litigation assistance; couples and marriage policy; disconnected youth; global social policy; opportunity at work; postsecondary education and training; prisoner re-entry; welfare policy; work-life balance; and workforce and development and transitional jobs.

Child Labor Coalition Open Access

The website offers information about proposed and pending U.S. federal legislation on child labor, and links to U.S. initiatives and agency reports.  There is a large section on child labor in the U.S., including state-by-state surveys.  The Coalition's site also focuses on child labor around the world, best practices reports, international treaties, conventions, and initiatives.

Civil Rights Digital Library Open Access

CRDL is a venture by Georgia libraries, educational and humanities institutions, and the University of Georgia media archives to provide primary material about the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950's and 1960's.  The CRDL has three components: 1) a digital video archive; 2) a portal connecting to related digital collections from 76 content partners; and 3) resources for educators.

Crimes of War Open Access

Crimes of War publishes essays and reports by lawyers, journalists, and scholars aiming to raise awareness of "the laws of war."  Articles cover topics such as the intervention in Kosovo, the prosecution of General Pinochet, East Timor post-election violence, and the prosecution of war crimes in Sierra Leone.  Among the issues analyzed are the Arab-Israeli conflict, the Pinochet precedent, the conflict between domestic and international law in civil war, and humanitarian intervention in international law.

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre Open Access

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre is an international, non-profit organization in collaboration with Amnesty International and academic institutions.  The website covers a wide range of materials published by public and private entities pertaining to business and human rights.

ESCR-Net: International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights Open Access

Guide to Education Law Research (Virtual Chase) Open Access

Economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) include work, health, education, food, water, housing, social security, healthy environment, and culture.  ESCR-Net is a way for human rights activists to share information and collaborate.  Legal researchers in this field will find several useful features within the Issues & Resources and Caselaw Database sections on the main navigation bar.

Forced Migration Online (Oxford)

The site covers displacement due to war, economic need, natural disaster, political oppression, trafficking and human smuggling.  Individual guides have been prepared on topics such as the Roma (Gypsies), gender issues trafficking, psychosocial issues, and children in conflict situations.

GAATW: Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women Open Access

The Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) is a network of more than 80 organizations with the goal of ending the trafficking of human beings for purposes of labor or exploitation.  This site offers an extensive file of reports on trafficking issues and specific countries in the "Materials" section, which includes a sub-section listing links to the text of pertinent international instruments from the University of Minnesota's online Human Rights Library.  Some portions of the website are available in Thai and Spanish as well as English.

Human Rights Open Access

The United Kingdom's National Archives uses original documents scanned from their collection to illustrat4e the progression of rights "we today take for granted."  Covering the eleventh through twentieth centuries, the site is divided into time periods.  Transcriptions are provided, as are translations where appropriate.

Human Rights Library (University of Minnesota) Open Access

This extensive and searchable online library contains full-text primary authority, secondary sources, research guides, related information, and a well-organized set of more than 4000 links to other pertinent sites.

Human Trafficking.org Open Access

This website is sponsored by the Academy for Educational Development (www.aed.org), a non-profit organization located in Washington, D.C., with funding provided by the U.S. State Department.  The site offers human trafficking information for individual East Asian and Pacific countries; including contact informatino; relevent laws, including non-obvious links to the text of the laws, if available that country's initiatives to combat human trafficking; and on non-governmental organizations working within the country.  The "related issues" link takes users to pages on general human trafficking topics, such as prosecution, child trafficking, prostitution, human rights, and legal issues.

Media Law Reporter (BNA)  Law Access, Walk-In Access

This weekly current-awareness publication reports on important federal and state court opinions that impact the news media.  Case coverage includes commentary and full text of selected cases, organized by topic, headnote classification, and jurisdiction.  The service also reports non-judicial developments such as pending egislation, state activities, and significant meetings.

Project Diana Open Access

This international archive of human rights law from Yale Law School offers full-text litigation documents such as briefs; organizational charters; treaties; bibliographies on particular issues; and links to carefully selected reference sites. The collection is keyword searchable and has a subject index.

Religion and Law International Document Database Open Access

ReligLaw seeks "to provide the world's largest online library of religious freedom documents."  Documents int he database include constitutions, laws and draft laws, judicial decisions, regulations, treaties, government reports, and secondary sources.  The database may be searched by keyword, country, world region, organization or language.

Research Guide to International Human Rights (UC Hastings College of Law) Open Access

UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Open Access

The Declaration was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on September 13, 2007.

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