Human Rights Databases

Three databases have launched in recent years that provide information on the law, human rights, and health. Each seeks to organize and put online legal information relevant for policy analysis, human rights research, and advocacy.

Global Health and Human Rights Database is a free online database of case law, national constitutions, and international instruments from around the world relating to health and human rights.

LawAtlas is the world’s first and only software system designed specifically for scientifically coding and publishing legal data. It was created to demonstrate the value and feasibility of “policy surveillance.”

Doctors who Torture Accountability Project [no longer available online] was a compilation of documents discussing the status of physician-supervised torture around the world.

To explore the nature of each project, the motivation behind it, and what this explosion of resources might mean for the larger field of public health law and health and human rights scholars and activists, Joseph Amon, Director of the Health and Human Rights Division at Human Rights Watch, held a virtual roundtable discussion among individuals working on each project. Read the full discussion here.