International Human Rights Law

International Human Rights Law is a module of the online service Oxford Reports on International Law (ORIL), produced by Oxford University Press.  It contains decisions from various regional and global bodies, including UN committees.


ORIL is available onsite and offsite to academic members of the Library. For more information about remote access to databases, click here.

To access the International Human Rights (IHRL) module from the ORIL homepage, click on 'Browse All', select the module from the options on the left (under 'Narrow your Choices'), then click on 'Update'.


International Human Rights Law includes a large selection of cases on the European Convention on Human Rights; all final decisions of four UN committees (the Committee Against Torture, the Committee for the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, the Committee for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination and the Human Rights Committee); all decisions of the Inter-American Court of Human Rights; selected decisions of the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights; and cases on the African Charter on Human and People's Rights (all decisions on merits and selected admissibility decisions).

A concise analysis is provided for each case in this module, as well as a report of the decision.


Once you have selected the IHRL module on the 'Browse All' screen (see above), use the 'Search within results' option on the left to restrict your search to IHRL.

The Search and Advanced Search options at the top of the screen do not allow users to specify a particular module, but the Advanced Search facility may be used to search the whole of ORIL by jurisdiction, subject and other criteria.


From the 'Browse All' screen, having selected the IHRL module, users can browse by jurisdiction, subject, state party and/or date.


Help files and FAQs are available via a link at the top of the screen. The information provided applies to the entire ORIL database, not just to the International Human Rights Law module.