The New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice


Useful resources related to the subject of human rights law, including agency and organisation links and research tools.  

Centre resources by theme

Each human rights theme links to separate pages that accumulate research material relating to that theme or region:

  1. Podcasts and video seminars with links to podcasts and video seminars along with a synopsis.
  2. Media clippings and press statements, with links to articles or press releases and a synopsis of a story.
  3. Reports by Non-Governmental Organisations, Government Entities, and International Organisations.
  4. Other Research Centres and Institutions
  5. Legislation


New Zealand Human Rights Working Paper Series

The New Zealand Centre for Human Rights Law, Policy and Practice 'Working Paper Series' provides an online forum where scholars and practitioners can disseminate their research and practical experiences regarding human rights. The Working Paper Series is administered by the Centre based at the University of Auckland.

The papers and related resources are listed by theme:

Working Paper Series by Theme


Event podcasts and videocasts

Recordings of events we have hosted or been involved in


NZ Human Rights Blog

NZ Human Rights Blog - The New Zealand Human Rights Blog is a hub for discussion and debate on issues relating to Human Rights in New Zealand and around the world. They examine issues of law and policy, both in New Zealand, and also overseas, with an eye to the comparative merits of Human Rights Frameworks, to develop the best system possible for New Zealand.


United Nations

The basic site at United Nations website has links to the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Universal Declaration, and the UN Treaty Series.
The Transitional Justice Database is a multi-disciplinary resource that includes presentations, publications, teaching resources, links to human rights oriented sites and a comprehensive bibliography organised thematically and geographically.
The United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights also has links to the various treaties and links (particularly via the Publications and Resources tab): for example, there are downloadable collections of the main treaties. There are also links to the Human Rights Monitoring Bodies via the Human Rights Bodies tab.
The main body for civil and political rights (which concentrates on civil and political rights) is the Human Rights Committee. This contains materials including the texts of the Covenant and information on signatories and reservations.
The main body for economic, social and cultural rights is the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). It is concerned with the world’s economic, social and environmental challenges. The ECOSOC website includes a data base of documents on economic, social and cultural rights.
The primary document providing for these rights is the United Nations Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
The jurisprudence of the HRC, ECOSOC and the other UN monitoring bodies is at the Treaty Bodies Database: . This also contains texts of other materials relevant to the work of the HRC, including reports to it by the State Parties.

University databases

University of Minnesota Human Rights Library:
It has treaties (– including organised by subject matter, and lists of ratifications by country) and the jurisprudence of the UN bodies (under Other United Nations Documents) – organised chronologically. It has Links to huge numbers of other sites.
Bayefsky also has documents, including comprehensive links organised by country. (This is probably the easiest to use site.)
The Utrecht University School of Law hosts the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (the SIM database), which includes the HRC’s jurisprudence documents organised numerically, by article, and also by way of a keyword index
The Transitional Justice Database project, University of Wisconsin

Regional instruments



The main source of material is from the European Court of Human Rights, the jurisprudence of which is available via its database, HUDOC.
The Council of Europe website has all the relevant links to its treaties  and a tab for the ECtHR, which leads to HUDOC. In addition to HUDOC, the ECtHR puts out reports of its activities and has information notes on cases that have been recently decided, and also information sheets and research reports on particular issues. The Sim database also has the ECHR cases organised chronologically and via a keyword index.
The Council of Europe has a number of decent handbooks on human rights matters:

Australasian context

Castan Centre at Monash University
 Australian Human Rights and Equal Opportunities Commission
 New Zealand Human Rights Commission
 The NZ Ministry of Justice has various documents also  


Amnesty International
Human Rights Watch
(This organisation puts out a daily e-mail of its calls for action to be taken on specific human rights issues.)
International Committee of the Red Cross/Red Crescent
Article 19