Essential Health and Human Rights Resources

Resource Guides

Special Rapporteur Reports Guide



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 is 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.


Resource Guides

The Health and Human Rights Resource Guide, a joint venture between the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and Open Society Foundations,  is designed to be a resource on how advocates and practitioners worldwide can apply a human rights-based approach to health issues.





Justice Programs for Public Health: A Good Practice Guide is a comprehensive tool for both justice organizations/funders interested in addressing pressing public health needs, and public health groups that recognize justice is as critical to public health as medicine. Published by Open Society Foundations, the guide unpacks key lessons and challenges identified in applying justice to advance public health goals. It also defines the chief health and human rights concerns of six specific populations, though their lessons apply broadly.







This quick reference guide intended to contribute to the efforts of National Human Rights Institutions/Independent Human Rights Institutions for Children to effectively and meaningfully implement a human rights-based approach (HRBA) to sexual and reproductive health, maternal health and under-5 child health. It complements other tools and builds on the two technical guidance documents of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on a human rights-based approach to the reduction of preventable maternal mortality and morbidity and under-5 mortality and morbidity, which were both welcomed by the United Nations Human Rights Council.