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International Human Rights

A guide to research sources for international human rights law created by John Bolan, Bora Laskin Law Library.

Tribunal Practice

UN Human Rights Bodies


  • UN human rights bodies are categorized in two classes: charter-based bodies and treaty-based bodies.  The first derive from provisions in the UN Charter  while the second are created under international human rights treaties. The two mechanisms are structured to complement each other in their workings.

Chart of UN based human rights monitoring mechanisms (image source: