Last Updated: January 2, 2009

Academic resources

Afsah, Ebrahim. "Contested Universalities of International Law. Islams Struggle with Modernity." Journal of the History of International Law 10 (2008): 259-307.

Bell, Christine and Johanna Keenan. "Human Rights Nongovernmental Organizations and the Problems of Transition." Human Rights Quarterly 26 (2004): 330-374.

Bell, Daniel A. and Joseph H. Carens. "The Ethical Dilemmas of International Human Rights and Humanitarian NGOs: Reflections on a Dialogue Between Practitioners and Theorists." Human Rights Quarterly 26 (2004): 300-329.

Darrow, Mac and Amparo Tomas. "Power, Capture, and Conflict: A Call for Human Rights Accountability in Development Cooperation." Human Rights Quarterly, 27 (2005): 471-538.

Decker, Christopher D. "Enforcing Human Rights: The Role of the UN Civilian Police in Kosovo." International Peacekeeping 13, issue 4 (December 2003): 502-516.

Fadel, Mohammed H. "Public Reason as a Strategy for Principled Reconciliation: The Case of Islamic Law and International Human Rights Law." Chicago Journal of International Law 8, no. 1 (Winter 2007): 1-20.

Ghai, Yash. "Human Rights and Social Development: Toward Democratization and Social Justice." Democracy, Governance and Human Rights Programme, Paper No. 5, United Nations Research Institute for Social Development, (October 2001).

Hannum, Hurst. "Human Rights in Conflict Resolution: The Role of the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights in UN Peacemaking and Peacebuilding." Human Rights Quarterly 28 (2006): 1-85.

Hannum, Hurtst. "Peace versus Justice: Creating Rights as Well as Order Out of Chaos." International Peacekeeping 13, no. 4 (December 2006): 582-595.

Hesse, Carla and Robert Post, eds. Human Rights in Political Transitions: Gettysburg to Bosnia. New York: Zone Books, 1999.

Howland, Todd. "UN Human Rights Field Presence as Proactive Instrument of Peace and Social Change: Lessons from Angola." Human Rights Quarterly 26 (2004): 1-28.

King, Gary and Christopher J. L. Murray. "Rethinking Human Security," Political Science Quarterly 116, no. 4 (Winter 2002): 585-610.

Klabbers, Jan. "Redemption Song? Human Rights Versus Community-building in East Timor." Leiden Journal of International Law 16 (2003): 367-376.

Lari, Andrea and Rob Kevlihan. "International Human Rights Protection in Situations of Conflict and Post-Conflict." African Security Review 13, no. 4 (2004).

Lutz, Ellen L., Eileen F. Babbit, and Hurts Hannum. "Human Rights and Conflict Resolution from the Practitioners Perspectives." Fletcher Forum of World Affairs 27, no. 1 (Winter/Spring 2003): 173-193.

Mansson, Katarina. "Integration of Human Rights in Peace Operations: Is There an Ideal Model?" International Peacekeeping 13, no.4 (December 2006): 547-563.

Mertus, Julie and Jeffrey Helsing. "Introduction: Exploring the Intersection between Human Rights and Conflict." In Human Rights and Conflict: Exploring the Links between Rights, Law, and Peacebuilding. Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace Press, 2006.

Mertus, Julie. "Improving International Peacebuilding Efforts: the example of human rights culture in Kosovo." Global Governance 10, issue 3 (July-September 2004): 333-351.

Modirzadeh, Naz K. "Taking Islamic Law Seriously: INGOs and the Battle for Muslim Hearts and Minds." Harvard Human Rights Journal 19: (191-233).

Murphy, Ray, and Katarina Mansson. "Perspectives on Peace Operations and Human Rights." International Peacekeeping 13, no.4 (December 2006): 457-461.

Nordquist, Kjell-Åke. "The Crossroads of Human Rights and Peace-Building - an ongoing debate." Research Program on Human Rights and Peacebuilding, Paper No.2, Stockholm School of Theology, (2008).

O'Flaherty, Michael. "Future Protection of Human Rights in Post-Conflict Societies: the Role of the United Nations." Human Rights Law Review 3, no. 1 (2003): 53-76.

Okuizumi, Kaoru. "Peacebuilding Mission: Lessons from the UN Mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina." Human Rights Quarterly 24 (2002): 721-735.

O'Rawe, Mary. "Human Rights and Police Training in Transitional Societies: Exporting the Lessons of Northern Ireland." Human Rights Quarterly 27 (2005): 943-968.

Pouligny, Beatrice. "UN peace operations, INGOs, NGOs, and promoting the rule of law: exploring the intersection of international and local norms in different postwar contexts." Journal of Human Rights 2, no. 3 (September 2003): 359-377.

Putnam, Tonya L. "Human Rights and Sustainable Peace." In Ending Civil Wars: The Implementation of Peace Agreements, eds. Stephen John Stedman, Donald Rothchild, and Elizabeth M. Cousens.  Boulder, CO: Lynne Rienner, 2002.

Ramcharan, B.G. "Human Rights and Conflict Resolution." Human Rights Law Review 4, no. 1 (2004): 1-18.

Rief, Linda C. "Building Democratic Institutions: The Role of National Human Rights Institutions in Good Governance and Human Rights Protection." Harvard Human Rights Journal 13 (Spring 2000): 1-69. 

Thoms, Oskar N.T., and James Ron. "Do Human Rights Violations Cause Internal Conflict." Human Rights Quarterly 29 (2007): 674-705.

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Policy analysis and practitioner documents

Abiri, Elisabet. "Lets talk! - Human Rights meet Peace and Security." Swedish International Development Agency Report no. 28896, 2006.

Carnegie Council. Integrating Human Rights and Peace Work. Human Rights Dialogue Series 2, No. 7 (Winter 2002).

(The) Centre for Conflict Resolution. National Human Rights Institutions, Conflict Management and Peacebuilding in Africa, 2004.

Cohn, Ilene. "Post-Conflict Fatigue: Feelings Fatigue?" United Nations Chronicle XXXVI, No. 2(1999).

Commission on Human Security, Final Report. Human Security Now. 2003.

"Consolidating the Profession: The Human Rights Field Officer" Project. Guiding Principles for Human Rights Field Officers Working in Conflict and Post-conflict Environments. Geneva, July 2008.

Feller, Erika. "Keynote Address: Towards a Culture of Protection." 8th Annual Forum on Human Rights, Dublin, Ireland, Global Human Rights Protection - the way forward. June 24, 2006.

Flinterman, Cees, and Marcel Zwanborn. Global Review of the OHCHR Technical Cooperation Programme: Synthesis Report. Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) in partnership with MEDE European Consultancy, September 2003.

International Council on Human Rights Policy. Ends and Means: Human Rights Approaches to Armed Groups, 2000.

International Council on Human Rights Policy (ICHRP). Assessing the Effectiveness of National Human Rights Institutions. 2005.

Kjaerum, Morten. National Human Rights Institutions: Implementing Human Rights. Danish

Institute for Human Rights, 2003.

Little, David. "The Nature and Basis of Human Rights." Washington, D.C.: United States Institute of Peace, 2006.

Maiese, Michelle. "Human Rights Protection." Beyond Intractability, June 2004.

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Report of the International Roundtable on the Role of National Institutions in Conflict and Post-Conflict Situations. June 2006.

Parleviliet Michelle. "National Human Rights Institutions and Peace Agreements: Establishing National Institutions in Divided Societies." International Council on Human Rights Policy, 2006.

Parlevliet, Michelle, Guy Lamb and Victoria Maloka eds. Defenders of Human Rights, Managers of Conflict, Builders of Peace? National Human Rights Institutions in Africa. Centre for Conflict Resolution, 2005.

Parlevliet, Michelle. "Bridging the Divide: Exploring the relationship between human rights and conflict management." Track Two 11, no. 1 (March 2002).

Pohjolainen, Anna-Elina. The Evolution of National Human Rights Institutions - The Role of the United Nations. Danish Institute for Human Rights, 2006.

Saunders, Joe. "Bridging Human Rights and Conflict Resolution: A Dialogue Between Critical Communities."  Carnegie Council for Ethnic in International Affairs, July 18, 2001.

Schabas, William A., and Peter G. Fitzmaurice. Respect, Protect and Fulfil: A Human Rights-Based Approach to Peacebuilding and Reconciliation. Border Action, 2007.

Sepulveda, Magdalena, Theo van Banning, Gudrun D. Gudmundsdottir, Christine Chamoun and Willem J.M. van Genugten. Human Rights Reference Handbook.  Cuidad Colon: University of Peace, 2004

Skare, Siri, Ingvild Burkey, and Hege Mork. Eds. Manual on Human Rights Monitoring: An Introduction for Human Rights Field Officers. Oslo: Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, 2008.

United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Evaluation of UNDP Support to Conflict-Affected Countries. 2006.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). Human Rights in UNDP: Practice Note. April 2005.

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). 2007 Report: Activities and Results.  Geneva, April 2008.

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). Human Rights in Action: Promoting and Protecting Rights Around the World. Geneva, 2003.

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and United Nations Staff College. Human Rights: A Basic Handbook for UN Staff. Geneva, 2001. 

 Wodzicki, Michael. "Respect for Human Rights: A Condition for Stability." Canadian Institute of International Affairs, International Insights 4, no. 7 (April 2007): 1-4.

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UN official documents

UN Briefing Papers. Human Rights Today: A United Nations Priority. 1998.

United Nations General Assembly, Report of the Secretary General. In Larger Freedom: Towards Security, Development and Human Rights for All. A/59/2005, 21 March 2005.

United Nations General Assembly. Paris Principles: National institutions for the promotion and protection of human rights. A/RES/48/134, 20 December 1993. 

United Nations Security Council, Report of the Secretary General. The Rule of Law and Transitional Justice in Conflict and Post-conflict Societies. S/2004/616, 23 August 2004.

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United Nations

United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Commission on Human Security

Office of the United Nations Special Advisor on the Prevention of Genocide

Office of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Children and Armed Conflict

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

United Nations Human Rights Council

United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)

OCHA Human Security Unit

United Nations Official Homepage - Human Rights Section

United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF)

United Nations Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) - Human Rights Section

Regional Organizations

ASEAN Human Rights Mechanism

African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights (ACHPR)

European Court of Human Rights

Council of Europe - Human Rights

European Union - European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights (EIDHR)

Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR)

Inter-American Court on Human Rights (La Corte Interamericana de Derechos Humanos)

OSCE - Office of Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)

Human Rights NGOs

African Rights

Amnesty International

Asia Pacific Forum (of National Human Rights Institutions)

Association for the Prevention of Torture (Geneva)

Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers

Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative

Defence for Children International (DCI)

Global Rights

Human Rights Watch

International Commission of Jurists

International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

International Rescue Committee (IRC)

International Service for Human Rights (ISHR)

Peace Brigades International

Research Centers, Networks, & Databases

American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) - Science and Human Rights Program (SHRP)

Human Rights Education Associates (HREA)

Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems, International (HURIDOCS)

HuriSearch - The Human Rights Search Engine

Human Rights Research and Education Centre - University of Ottawa

Human Rights Internet (HRI)

International Bar Association - Human Rights Institute

International Council on Human Rights Policy (ICHRP)

Development Research Centre on Citizenship, Participation, and Accountability (DRC Citizenship)

Canadian Consortium on Human Security (CCHS)

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy (Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government)

Child Rights Information Network (CRIN)

Crimes of War Project

Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR)

Derechos - Human Rights

Human Security Gateway

Human Security Network

International Humanitarian Law Research Initiative, Program on Humanitarian Policy and Conflict Research, Harvard School of Public Health

International Institute of Humanitarian Law (IIHL)

Irish Centre for Human Rights (National University of Ireland, Galway)

National Human Rights Institutions Forum (NHRI)

Netherlands Institute for Human Rights

New Tactics in Human Rights

Raul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law

Stop Violence Against Women (STOPVAW)

Tufts University- Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution

University of California at Berkeley - Human Rights Center

University of Minnesota - Human  Rights Library

War Child International Network

Watchlist on Children and Armed Conflict

WomenWarPeace: A Portal On Women, Peace and Security

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