One of the key tasks of the German Institute for Human Rights as a National Human Rights Institution is that of making information and documents on human rights more accessible. This includes easy and free access to the results of the institute’s own activities. Therefore the institute has been publishing its studies, essays, policy papers and other texts on a non-commercial basis since 2002 and making them available online at no cost.
In the summer of 2012, the institute took another important step towards improving the accessibility of its work, in the form of an agreement with SSOAR, the Social Science Open Access Repository of the Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences (GESIS). The objective of the Open Access movement is to make the findings of research supported by public funds accessible on the Internet for free.
From now on, new and past publications of the institute will be uploaded into the SSOAR database, described with metadata and provided with a license. The publications will be assigned a persistent identifier (URN), be kept accessible in the database over the long term and available for retrieval using popular Open Access search engines.
By taking this step, the institute wants express support for the Open Access movement, as well make its own publications more visible.
Publications in German, English and other languages are searchable with the open access search engines BASE, OpenDOAR and OAPEN; more and more works on human rights issues are among those accessible.
Open Access journals and articles can be found in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge (primarily English-language texts).
Access to E-Books in the Brill Collection "Human Rights & Humanitarian Law" 2015:
Search articles in Oxford University Press Journals:
Search articles in Sage Press Journals:
Max Planck Encyclopedia of Public International Law (MPEPIL). 1600 articles available online:
Full collection of all World Bank publications:
World Bank Open Knowledge Repository