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Human Rights: Introduction

Human rights are embodied in numerous sources of law, including treaties, cases, custom, and domestic law. Fortunately, a great many secondary sources are available to researchers that can help them understand and identify relevant human rights frameworks.  This guide recommends both primary and secondary materials, many available electronically, but some only in print.  

In identifying print and e-books available at Vanderbilt, consider searching the library catalog using the Subject field in the Advanced Search form.  You might utilize keyword searches to identify works related to particular issues, for example "freedom of expression," "detention of persons," "right to housing," etc., or if interested in a developments in a particular jurisdiction, search "human rights--[jurisdiction name]," for example "human rights--Canada." 

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Selected Introductory Materials