ICJ launches two innovative legal databases

Jun 20, 2013 | News

Today the ICJ launches two new innovative legal tools: the Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity UN Database and the Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity Legislative Database.

The UN Database gathers all the SOGI-related doctrine and jurisprudence of the UN human rights system in one searchable database.

It is the electronic version of the UN Compilations, which the ICJ has issued regularly since 2005.

The documents are organized by source (such as treaty body, special rapporteur or working group) and it is possible to search the database by source or by country, region or key word.

The Legislative Database is the result of a year-long pilot project in collaboration with the International Human Rights Program at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law.

Student researchers gathered and analyzed laws from twenty-four countries in all regions of the world. Each country is introduced with a legislative overview.

The laws themselves are LGBT-friendly or neutral with regard to sexual orientation and gender identity. It is searchable by country and topic.

The purpose was to provide the actual texts of laws as comparative examples for use in legislative reform efforts.

The ICJ is very pleased to announce the launch of these new resources to help activists and lawyers around the world advocate for LGBT human rights.

Both databases were created by HURIDOCS.

The hard copy version of the 2013 edition of the UN Compilation can be downloaded below:

SOGI UN Compilation electronic version – publications-2013 (full text in pdf)

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