The concepts of humanitarian intervention, self-determination, and providing relief to the wounded and other victims of armed conflicts can be viewed as the roots of human rights law. Modern international human rights law dates from World War II and its aftermath. The United Nations Charter, signed June 26, 1945, sought to acknowledge the importance of human rights and established it as a matter of international concern.
This section of EISIL highlights important instruments and web resources for researching various topics within human rights as well as the different regional systems. See also the International Criminal Law and the Individuals & Groups sections of EISIL.
In-depth assistance on researching international human rights law is available in the ASIL Guide to Electronic Resources for International Law�s continuously updated chapter on this subject.