Purpose of this Guide
The purpose of this guide is to identify a few good resources and provide tips on how to use these resources and prepare a research strategy. The sheer quantity of material is daunting and this guide does not even try to be comprehensive; however, it is a tool to aid the user in picking a path through the maze of international human rights law.
Human rights is a muilti-discipline subject so don't forget to use and research non-legal terms and non-law resources.
Do you know your specific subject area or focus?
- Are you interested in the human rights of children, immigrants, prisoners of war?
- Are you interested in the human rights situation in a specific nation?
- Are you interested in a combination of the above? For example, the rights of child brides in India?
Write down a clear statement of your issues and questions. This defines the focus and scope of your project.
Now you are ready to develop your research strategy.
- What background information is needed?
- What are the primary documents? Are they in English? If you are OK with another language, what is the availability of their laws and other legal documents?
- What other disciplines do you need to research?
- What IGOs or NGOs are active in your research area? Do they provide data, statistics or reports?
- Is the use of current awareness materials indicated?
- What resources are available?
Talk to a librarian. We are here to assist you at each step.