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Purpose of this guide

This guide is intended for students and researchers studying international human rights (IHR) at the University of Oxford, although students and researchers from any field may find it useful.

Use this guide to find out about sources and commentary for international human rights including ebooks, ejournals, and databases.

International Human Rights: quick start

The Bodleian Law Library's collection on human rights law includes international and regional treaties, national legislation, case law from international and national courts and commentary both online and in paper format.  The collections cover theoretical and philosophical aspects of human rights law, and topics ranging from civil rights to crime and punishment and from medicine to genocide.

Materials held by the Law Bod are discoverable using SOLO, the Bodleian's onlne catalogue. Please visit other pages in this guide for more detailed help

Some online resources to get your IHR studies started:

Online resources available to anyone with access to the internet

Looking for a Reading List title?

When you search SOLO for books on your Reading List you may find that the location is shown as Law Library Reserve Collection. This means you can find that book in a special bookcase on Level 2, the level at which you enter the library. Please ask at the Enquiry Desk - just inside the library gates - for exact directions when you are in the Law Library. We will be happy to point the way! 
Note. Books in the Law Reserve collection are available to all categories of readers, not just those on the particular course.

The principal collection of books about international human rights law are on open shelf on Level 3, one floor above the entrance level to the library. The books have shelf marks beginning Internat.
Level 3 is accessible via both stairs and a public lift. There are desks for readers there, and a PCAS machine, but readers are welcome to take items to whichever floor of the library they prefer to work.

For more guidance on finding books in the Law Bod please visit the Books page in this guide

If your research has inter or cross disciplinary elements or dimensions, SOLO may reveal other Bodleian Libraries have material which would support your studies. 
In most cases, if you have a current Oxford University Card or a Bodleian Reader's Card, you will already be able to access these libraries - however, please do check information on the other Libraries' own websites, particularly their location & opening hours.

Contact your subject specialist

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Kate Matthews
Bodleian Law Library
St Cross Building
Manor Road
01865 271463
Subjects: Law

Related Bodleian Guides

Below are links to take you to other Bodleian guides which may help you with your studies in this area.

External Research Guides

Below is a list of links to general guides to researching human rights law produced by external organisations.