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International Human Rights Advocacy Research: Thormodsgard Law Library

This research guide provides resources for those involved with International Human Rights Advocacy. The guide is of special use to organizations who are doing state-specific research related to the Universal Periodical Review process.

United Nations Universal Periodic Review

United Nations: 

United Nations Human Rights Council:

Universal Periodic Review (UPR):

Universal Periodic Review Documentation: 

Documentation by country:

  • National Report
  • Compilation of UN Information
  • Summary of stakeholders' information
  • Questions submitted in advance
  • Addendums
  • Outcome of the review

UPR Midterm Reports:

  • The Midterm Reports are optional reports submitted by member states. Approximately 60 states have submitted them on a voluntary basis. The Midterm Reports might indicate whether or not a state has made progress on issues your NGO is concerned with.

Finding Documents

Universal Periodic Review Background Information

Basic Facts About the UPR

Universal Periodic Review Background Documents:

NGOs and NHRIs


Research Guides

Research Guides are a collection of useful resources put together by librarians or other knowledgeable parties. The research guides below might be of particular use if you are doing International Human Rights research or are looking for information about the legal frameworks of specific countries and how to find the law of those countries.

Human Rights Research Guides

Specific Countries Research Guides


Treaty Documents and Treaty Ratification and Reservations

Treaties By Country

General Collections of Treaties 

Legal Framework Resources

Country Guides




Here are the main library catalogs. If you have a very narrow issue or topic and your state is not very big you may want to start by looking for books in Worldcat.

Law Reviews/Articles

HeinOnline: Law Journal Library
Google Scholar:
Index to Foreign Legal Periodical on HeinOnline

Interdisciplinary Databases