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Human Rights

Books and e-books

You can search for books and e-books simultaneously through the Library catalogue, Explore, which is the principal tool for finding books, journals and other materials held in UCL libraries (whether in print or electronic format). 

The print collection is located on the 1st floor of the UCL Main Library and is arranged by subject. The Human Rights classification scheme is an adaptation of that used by HURIDOCS (Human Rights Information and Documentation Systems International) and consists of the name of the collection, followed by a letter and number indicating the subject and the first three letters of the author's or editor's surname. 

For example, Women, Gender, and Human Rights: a Global Perspective edited by Marjorie Agosín has the classmark HUMAN RIGHTS CG 400 AGO, which indicates that it's shelved in the Human Rights collection (HUMAN RIGHTS) in the women's rights section (CG 400).

E-books are catalogued individually and may be accessed directly through Explore. There's further information about finding, using and citing e-books in our e-books guide.

Selected new books

Biotechnology, patents and human rights in Europe: innovations concerning the human body

This innovative book explores the complex interplay between intellectual property for biotechnological innovations and human rights. Examining the clash between the drive to incentivise innovations that can fulfil human needs and the desire to grant global access to healthcare technologies, it presents thoughtful solutions to the challenges of protecting the human rights of all parties impacted by biotechnological patents and other relevant IP rights. 

Book of the Disappeared: the Quest for Transnational Justice

Book of the Disappeared confronts worldwide human rights violations of enforced disappearance and genocide and explores the global quest for justice with forceful, outstanding contributions by respected scholars, expert practitioners, and provocative contemporary artists. This profoundly humane book spotlights our historic inhumanity while offering insights for survival and transformation.

Displacement, Human Rights and Sexual and Reproductive Health: Conceptualizing Gender Protection Gaps in Latin America

Focusing on the flight of women and girls from Venezuela, this book examines the gendered nature of forced displacement and the ways in which the failures of protection regimes to be sensitive to displacement's gendered character affect women and girls, and their sexual and reproductive health. 

Environmental Human Rights: New Thinking from Latin America and the Caribbean

Advancing sustainable development and democracy are the underlying purposes linking the landmark Escazú Agreement with the American Convention on Human Rights. Exploring both these treaties and the relevant regional jurisprudence, this monograph provides the first analysis of the ground-breaking environmental human rights law being developed in Latin America and the Caribbean. 

Heritage Destruction, Human Rights and International Law

This book brings together prominent scholars in the fields of international cultural heritage law and heritage studies to scrutinise the various branches of international law and governance dealing with heritage destruction from human rights perspectives, both in times of armed conflict as well as in peace. Importantly, it also examines cases of heritage destruction that may not be intentional, but rather the consequence of large-scale infrastructural development or resource extraction. 

Human Rights in Graphic Life Narrative: Reading and Witnessing Violations of the 'Other' in Anglophone Works

Surveying print and digital graphic life narratives about people who become 'othered' within Western contexts, this book investigates how comics and graphic novels witness human rights transgressions in contemporary Anglophone culture and how they can promote social justice. 

Research Handbook on Disability Policy

Examining how policy affects the human rights of people with disabilities, this topical Handbook presents diverse empirical experiences of disability policy and identifies the changes that are necessary to achieve social justice. Expansive in scope, the Handbook illustrates how language, law and concepts about human rights impact the way that disability policy is framed and implemented. 

Rights and Responsibilities in Rural South Africa: Gender, Personhood, and the Crisis of Meaning

Rights and Responsibilities in Rural South Africa examines the gendered and generational conflicts surrounding social change in South Africa's rural Eastern Cape roughly twenty years after the end of Apartheid. 

Seeking justice: Access to Remedy for Corporate Human Rights Abuse

Seeking Justice: Access to Remedy for Corporate Human Rights Abuse explores victims' varying experiences in seeking remedy mechanisms for corporate human rights abuse. It puts forward a novel theory about the possibility of productive contestation and explores governance outcomes for victims of corporate human rights abuse across Latin America. 

Other collections

Materials of relevance to the study of Human Rights can also be found in the following collections:

  • Law: for books on constitutional law and the European Union, as well as primary materials and legal journals
  • International Relations: for security studies and peacekeeping
  • Public Policy: for political administration and theory
  • Philosophy: for jurisprudence
  • Economics: for economic theory and policy

Materials relevant to the study of Human Rights can also be found in the following Library collections:

  • Geography: for international development
  • Anthropology: for vulnerable groups and political systems in a social context