Human Rights Library & Weissbrodt Files

Human Rights Library

The Library’s human rights collection includes extensive documentation from the international, European, and Inter-American human rights systems. Official publications, such as Decisions and Reports of the former European Commission for Human Rights, combine with unofficial publications, such as the International Human Rights Reports and the European Human Rights Reports, to provide full coverage of human rights tribunals. The Library also purchases unofficial compilations of documents from the African human rights system.

The Human Rights Library, located on the 3rd floor, features an extensive collection of literature from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) devoted to human rights. This literature includes the widely-available annual reports of major NGOs such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, but also includes much rarer material. Through the generosity of Professor David Weissbrodt, former member and chair of the United Nations Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, the collection includes various working documents, occasional papers, and conference publications. The Library continues to develop a broad collection of human rights monographs and subscribes to an extensive number of periodicals on human rights.

Weissbrodt Human Rights Files

Professor Weissbrodt’s Human Rights Files is a collection of personal documents from his work in the field of human rights.  These documents are accessible to those researching an assortment of human rights topics. Professor Marsha Freeman has also generously included some of her files in this collection. These files focus primarily on the Beijing Conference on Women’s Rights in 1995, but include a number of other women’s rights-focused documents. Consult the Professor Weissbrodt’s Files: Topic List for additional information on accessing and locating materials in this collection.

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