Saturday, 28 February 2015

United Nations Human Rights Jurisprudence Database

The Jurisprudence ( is a database which has recently launched by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UN OHCHR). It contains all case law issued by the United Nations Treaty Bodies from 1990 to the present. 

This database was developed based on the data from the Netherlands Institute of Human Rights (SIM) of Utrecht University School of Law. 

The Jurisprudence database is intended to be a single source of the human rights recommendations and findings issued by all the following committees in their work on individual cases. It enables the general public, governments, civil society organizations, United Nations partners and international regional mechanisms to research the vast body of legal interpretation of international human rights law as it has evolved over the past years.

The Committees that can receive and consider individual complaints are: 
Human Rights Committee (CCPR)
Committee against Torture (CAT)
Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW)
Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)
Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)
Committee on Enforced Disappearances (CED)
Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR)
Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC)

Monday, 16 February 2015

Journal on the Use of Force and International Law (including the Digest of State Practice on the Use of Force)

The Journal on the Use of Force and International Law (JUFIL) is a new peer reviewed journal covering all aspects of the law governing the use of force (jus ad bellum), as distinct from other areas of international law relating to security issues, such as International Humanitarian Law or International Criminal Law. The Journal aims to provide a forum for top quality international research into all facets of the law governing the use of force, covering issues such as the nature and scope of the inherent right of self-defence, the use of force authorised by the UN Security Council and force employed for humanitarian purposes. As such, it has a focused mandate, whilst engaging with the 'jus ad bellum' broadly defined, ensuring a wide appeal.

You can access this journal via the CUHK Library website (library record:

Monday, 9 February 2015

New E-Resources in the CUHK Library

The CUHKLibrary ( has recently subscribed to the following databases:

Provides selected e-books on Humanities, International Law and Biology.

Holds more than 9,000 volumes of the full text in both English and Chinese of research degree’s theses and doctoral dissertations submitted by postgraduates of CUHK since 1967.

Provides full-text access to reports published by the Economist Intelligence Unit, covering a wide range of business information. Titles include Country Forecast, China Premium Country, China hand, CountryData, Market Indicators and Forecasts, and Global Forecasting Service.

These databases are accessible on the Databases webpage of the CUHK Library website: