Electronic Research

This section describes how to research death penalty issues by using online resources that are freely accessible on the internet. While many of these resources are not focused on the death penalty specifically, our researchers draw upon them regularly in creating and updating the Death Penalty Worldwide database.

INTERNATIONAL TREATIES

 

NATIONAL LEGISLATION

 

NATIONAL CASE LAW

Worldwide resources, organized by country

  • The Death Penalty Project – Authorities Database. This database collects national and international case law on the death penalty from around the world.
  • The International Committee of the Red Cross hosts a database on international humanitarian law which includes some domestic case law.
  • WorldLII.  The World Legal Information Institute is a database of legislation and cases composed of smaller country or regional databases covering 123 jurisdictions. The Regional databases include CommonLII  (http://www.commonlii.org/) (Commonwealth and Common Law), PacLII (Pacific Island law), AsianLII (http://www.asianlii.org/) (Asian law) and ULII (http://www.ulii.org/) (Ugandan law).
 

Regional resources, organized by country

  • African Human Rights Case Law Analyser. The African Human Rights Case Law Analyser provides comprehensive access to the decisions of the African Commission on Humand and Peoples’ Rights. 
  • CARICOM Law is a case law database for the Caribbean created by the Caribbean Community Secretariat. 
  • JURICAF (in French) is an online library maintained by the Association of francophone high courts, and collecting the decisions of the highest courts of 46 francophone countries. 
  • Southern Africa Litigation Centre Library. The SALC is a joint initiative of the International Bar Association and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa. It promotes human rights through litigation support and training. SALC’s online library gathers domestic, regional and international materials for southern African countries. 
  • University of Pretoria, African Human Rights Case Law Database.
  • Interrights (International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights) maintains a database of international and national human rights case law in Commonwealth and common law jurisductions.
 

Country-specific resources

  • GlobaLEX. GlobaLEX is a very thorough series of guides to the legal systems and legal research relating to every country in the world. It is hosted and updated by New York University’s School of Law.
  • Helpful sources, publications, and law reporters are also listed in each country’s questionnaire.

 

INTERNATIONAL CASE LAW

  • African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. The Commission posts its decisions on its website.
  • The Death Penalty Project – Authorities Database. The database collects national and international case law on the death penalty from around the world.
  • United Nations Official Document Search. The U.N. document database is most useful if you have the U.N. Document Number of the item you are searching for.
  • University of Minnesota Human Rights Library.  The University of Minnesota maintains a comprehensive website on human rights documents, including international treaties and decisions of international courts and tribunals. 
  • Universal Human Rights Index. The Index, created by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), provides easy access to country-specific human rights information emanating from international human rights mechanisms in the United Nations system. It compiles conclusions and recommendations addressed by UN independent experts to specific countries in view of improving the human rights situation.
  • Interrights (International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights) maintains a database of international and national human rights case law. 

HUMAN RIGHTS REPORTS

The following resources are good places to look for general human rights reports. Knowledge of human rights conditions informs death penalty research by providing background information on the criminal justice system, including the availability of legal representation, prison conditions, the impartiality of the judiciary, etc.

 

PRISONS AND PRISON CONDITIONS

  • International CURE (Citizens United for Rehabilitation of Errants) publishes prison condition assessments for various African countries.
  • International Centre for Prison Studies - World Prison Briefs. The ICPS at the University of Essex publishes prison Prison Briefs for many countries around the world, as well as papers and reports on the use of penitentiaries.
  • Foreign Prisoners Support Service. The Foreign Prisoners Support Service provides descriptions of detention conditions and lists of foreign prisoners and political prisoners, organized by country and by jail.

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