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  1. Treaties and International Agreements
  2. Major Websites and Portals
  3. Inter-Governmental Organisations
  4. Non-Governmental Organisations
  5. Subscription Databases (access restricted to Cambridge University)
  6. Research Guides
  7. Bibliographies

Where no link is given to the resource named, it can be found on the Squire legal databases page.

Treaties and International Agreements

Human rights treaties on the UNHCR website.

United Nations Treaty Collection

(a) United Nations Treaty Series. The treaties are published by year of registration, which is often later than the dates on which they were signed or came into force.

(b) Multilateral Treaties Deposited with the Secretary-General. This gives the current status (signatures, ratifications, reservations etc.) or over 500 treaties, as well as the citation to the current printed version.

International law page of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights - see "CEDAW" in Core section and "Rights of Women" in Universal section.

Inter-American Convention on the Prevention, Punishment and Eradication of Violence against Women from the Inter-American Commission of Women

International Women's Human Rights Instruments from the Women's Human Rights section of the University of Minnesota Human Rights Library

International Conventions, Protocols & Declarations on Women's Human Rights from EISIL (Electronic Information System for International Law)

International Conventions on Private International Law - Family and Children from EISIL (Electronic Information System for International Law)

Treaties & International Agreements - Women from WorldLII

Hague Conference on Private International Law See Conventions 18, 25 and 26 concerning marriage and divorce

Women's Rights Agreements acceded to the by UK from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website

Family Law Conventions to which the United States is a Party State Department

Major Websites and Portals

Women and the Law from Intute

Women's Rights on WorldLII

Women and Human Rights from the University of Minnesota - a list of links, mainly to organizations.

Women's Human Rights Resources Programme from the Bora Laskin Law Library at the University of Toronto - includes a Women's Human Rights Resources Database, Research Guides and Bibliographies.

Women in International Law - research resources from the University of Chicago

Inter-Governmental Organisations

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Women and Violence - Publication of the UN Department of Public Information

Women Watch, a UN portal on advancement and empowerment of Women

European Commission Directorate-General of Employment, Social Affairs and Equal Opportunities: Gender Equality – Legal portal

Hague Conference on Private International Law conventions - see Conventions 18, 25 and 26 concerning marriage and divorce

The Council of Europe’s web site dedicated to equality between women and men

European Court of Human Rights - Click "Case-law" in the left-hand menu, then click on the "HUDOC" button to begin searching. When performing searches you may wish to tick the "Decisions" box as well as the "Judgements" box.

Inter-American Commission of Women - specialised organisation of the Organisation of American States.

Foreign Law Guide – A highly regarded research guide, formerly but no longer available in print, written by Thomas H. Reynolds and Arturo A. Flores and available online to Cambridge University users. Click on "conventions and treaties" for a bibliography of sources for a large number of treaties.

Non-Governmental Organisations

Coalition Against Trafficking of Women - "a non-governmental organization that promotes women's human rights by working internationally to combat sexual exploitation in all its forms"

Women for Women's Human Rights - "an independent women's NGO founded in 1993 with the aim of promoting women's human rights on the national, regional and international levels"

Comparative Law Subscription Databases [Access restricted to Cambridge University]

Martindale-Hubbell(R) International Law Digest - contains a summary of statutory law for over 60 countries. Arrangement is by subject topics and subheadings for each jurisdiction. Updated annually to include current enactments of the legislature.

To access this resource, first enter LexisNexis. Click on "Sources", then "Browse Sources", choose "International" under "Country", click on "Citators and digests" in the list of categories presented, select "Martindale-Hubbell(R) International Law Digest", and then click "OK - continue". You are presented with a search page by default, but "Browse" can be selected on the left-hand side instead.


The Human Rights Of Women: A Reference Guide to Official United Nations Documents - a publication of the UN Department of Public Information

Research Guides

United Nations Documentation Research Guide on Human Rights

Researching Women's Human Rights Issues - from the University of Minnesota

Islamic Law (Sharia) - overview article from

International Family Law - resource guide from


Marriage & Sexuality in Medieval Europe - reading list for a lecture by Professor Paul Hyams, Cornell University