Free human rights resources

By | 13 July 2009

As our dedicated law library web page shows, there is no shortage of freely accessible, good quality human rights material available to all via the internet. Indeed sometimes the problem is keeping up.

We have just added a link to Human Rights Update maintained by the chambers called One Crown Office Row.  The barristers in that chamber realised that the Human Rights Act 1998 would have wide-ranging impact (HRA came into force in October 2000), so quickly set up a case analysis database which it is happy to share with the public. To see the full content you have to register with the site, but this is free.

At the moment, you can access analysis of about 1,000 cases; the site is updated weekly so the currency is good. The Human Rights Update also posts articles and seminars (also available via itunes) for general use.

If you are a law graduate with a special interest in Human Rights, why not consider entering the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (Washington College of Law) essay competition? The current topic (for writers in English) is: “The Rights of Freedom of Expression and International Human Rights Law”.  Deadline for submissions is February 1, 2010. 

  • Candidates must hold a law degree.
  • Submissions must be unpublished legal papers in English, written solely by the candidate.
  • Articles must not exceed 35 pages, including footnotes, and must be double spaced using 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • Articles must be submitted via email to in Microsoft Word format.
  • The deadline to submit articles is February 1, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. EST.
  • Winners will be announced on April 1, 2010 on our website
  • A comprehensive list of rules is available at:  

If you have any queries about this competition please contact the Academy via email at


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