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UN Human Rights Office launches a major online database of treaty body case law

“The UN Human Rights Office has launched a major public online database, http://juris.ohchr.org, that contains all case law issued by the UN human rights expert committees, the Treaty Bodies. “The database is designed to be a key reference tool for scholars, lawyers, civil society organisations, governments and civil servants, our UN partners and the general public,” said Ibrahim Salama, Director of the UN Human Rights Treaties Division. “Just as importantly, we hope it may help individuals who are preparing to submit complaints to the committees by giving them access to the views and decisions taken by the expert members on specific human rights issues.” The database was developed using data from the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) of Utrecht University School of Law. Since the mid-1990s, the SIM had developed a comprehensive record on the jurisprudence stemming from the decisions by four Treaty Bodies on complaints brought by individuals.  Over 20 years, academics compiled and indexed Treaty Bodies’ case law, making the SIM database the most authoritative online resource on this. Due to budget restrictions, the SIM stopped updating the database  from 1 January 2014 and took it offline on 1 January 2015. However, the SIM offered its data free of charge to the UN Human Rights Office. “This allowed us to build our own database, with an expanded remit and search capability, and we aim to continue developing it. It is an important part of our efforts to make the work of the Treaty Bodies more visible and accessible, and we hope it will benefit a range of users all over the world,” said Mr. Salama. There are 10 Treaty Bodies that review and monitor how States that have ratified a particular treaty are implementing the rights contained in it. Eight* can also consider complaints by individuals who believe their rights have been violated and who have exhausted all the legal steps in their own country.  The site contains case law indexed by various categories, including State, date, subject and keywords, which can all be used as search criteria. Users can submit their comments on the functioning of the database as part of ongoing efforts to improve it. The Committees that can receive and consider individual complaints are:

  • Human Rights Committee (CCPR)
  • Committee against Torture (CAT)
  • Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
  • Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)
  • Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
  • Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED)
  • Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)
  • Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)”

Book Review – The Limits of Social Engineering

Tapping into big data, researchers and planners are building mathematical models of personal and civic behavior. But the models may hide rather than reveal the deepest sources of social ills, by Nicholas Carr on April 16, 2014, MIT Technology Review. “…Even if we assume that the privacy issues can be resolved, the idea of what Pentland  [AlexContinue Reading

Book Reviews: The Economics of Unhappiness

The Chronicle of Higher Education: “The American tradition is to enshrine economic activity as a central element of “the pursuit of happiness.” In reality, however, economic activity is largely concerned with the relief of unhappiness. At the subsistence level of economic activity that has prevailed through most of human history, people must work to eatContinue Reading

LLRX Book Review – The Little Red Book of Wine Law: A Case of Legal Issues

LLRX Book Review by Heather A. Phillips: The Little Red Book of Wine Law: A Case of Legal Issues – Heather A. Phillips recommends this slim volume as it provides an engaging and accessible introduction to American wine law and history that will broaden the reader’s appreciation of the wine industry. Though short and non-technical,Continue Reading

New Book Review on LLRX.com: Just and Unjust Warriors

LLRX Book Review by Heather A. Phillips – Just and Unjust Warriors: the moral and legal status of soldiers – Heather A. Phillips describes how though a series of eleven well-written and closely reasoned original essays this book question the treatments of many of the foundations of classical just war theory, such as a non-volunteerContinue Reading

ACLU Announces New Book – Ongoing Fight for Gender Equality

ACLU Blog of Rights: “Coinciding with the start of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, the fully revised and updated fourth edition of The Rights of Women was released this week. The latest release in the ACLU Handbook Series, The Rights of Women is a comprehensive guide that explains in detail the rights that women and girlsContinue Reading

New on LLRX.com

Mis-Information at the Heart of the University: Why Administrators Should Take Libraries More Seriously, by Stuart Basefsky Carpe Diem: Establish an Institutional Repository for Your Organization, by Carol A. Watson What’s New in Cordless Mice? by Jeffrey J. Beard FOIA Facts: FOIA – The Year in Review, by Scott A. Hodes E-Discovery Update: A ContrarianContinue Reading

New on LLRX.com for October 2007

Cultural Challenges in Cross Border Mediation, by Vikrant Singh Negi Persuading Judges in Writing: Tips for Lawyers (And how technology can help), by Troy Simpson Competitive Intelligence on a Shoestring, by Susan Armstrong and Sabrina I. Pacifici E-Discovery Update: Discovery of Employee-Owned Computer Equipment, by Conrad J. Jacoby The Government Domain: Journalists and Government Information:Continue Reading

U.S. Supreme Court Coloring and Activity Book

“About the Book – “Have fun and learn about the Supreme Court! It’s a coloring book with a surprising educational twist. This 32-page coloring book features expertly rendered illustrations depicting significant Supreme Court Justices of the United States to color in–including all current sitting Justices. The U.S. Supreme Court Coloring and Activity Book is perfectContinue Reading

Encyclopedic Reference Work Cataloging all of the World’s 6,912 Known Living Languages

Ethnologue: “An encyclopedic reference work cataloging all of the world’s 6,912 known living languages.” [This web edition of the Ethnologue contains all the content of the print edition and may be cited as: Gordon, Raymond G., Jr. (ed.), 2005. Ethnologue: Languages of the World, Fifteenth edition. Dallas, Tex.: SIL International. Online version: http://www.ethnologue.com/.] Far fromContinue Reading

Recent Book Focuses on Language of the Media

As noted by Editor & Publisher, Richard Weiner’ recent book, The Skinny About Best Boys, Dollies, Green Rooms, Leads, and Other Media Lingo: The Language of the Media “is not only a media dictionary, but a history book as well, one that Weiner hopes will be as fascinating to lay readers as it is forContinue Reading

New on LLRX.com

And you thought gadgets were only for the kitchen: The Return, by Brian Neale, Roger Skalbeck, Susan Skyzinski and Barbara Fullerton And you thought gadgets were only for the kitchen: The Future, by Brian Neale, Roger Skalbeck, Susan Skyzinski and Barbara Fullerton Writing Justice Blackmun, by Linda Greenhouse Statement of Meredith Fuchs, General Counsel, TheContinue Reading