Useful Resources


Human Rights in Action: A Toolkit for Change

An interactive online toolkit providing introductory information about human rights in the UK.  

What are human rights?

An introductory resource that looks at some of the most frequently asked questions about human rights and the UK.

Human rights timeline

A timeline exploring some of the roots and origins of human rights and how they have developed throughout history into the conception we have today.

Protecting human rights in the UK

An introduction to human rights laws and how they apply in the UK, with a focus on the Human Rights Act.

What are human rights and Protecting human rights in the UK are also available in Welsh.

Human rights guides

A series of four guides focusing on the practical relevance of human rights in the UK, written for people living with mental health problems, disabled people, older people and refugees and asylum seekers.

The Human Rights Act - Changing Lives

The Second Edition of The Human Rights Act - Changing Lives includes 31 case studies that demonstrate the rich variety of ways in which the Human Rights Act is being used by groups and individuals to challenge poor treatment and, through this, to improve their own and others' quality of life.

A voluntary and community sector guide to using international human rights 

This guide provides voluntary and community sector organisations with information on how to use international human rights laws in creative and effective ways.

Human Rights in Healthcare - A Framework for Local Action' - Second Edition. 

This is a practical guide to assist people working in NHS organisations to develop and use HRBAs to support their core business of planning and delivering high quality healthcare for all. It is relevant for a broad range of people who make up NHS organisations, but is primarily targeted at decision makers and those with responsibility for taking forward human rights and linked projects.

‘Human Rights in Healthcare - A short introduction'

This is a booklet providing a simple introduction to human rights in healthcare. It is primarily aimed at frontline staff, including clinicians and support and administrative staff. It is also a useful introduction for directors, board members, managers and policy staff.

Right Here, Right Now: Teaching Citizenship through Human Rights

A FREE resource for Key Stage 3 citizenship teachers, Right Here, Right Now: Teaching citizenship through human rights aims to link the concept of universal human rights with everyday experiences and help teachers examine human rights issues such as identity and diversity with students as part of the new KS3 citizenship curriculum in secondary schools in England. To order a print copy of Right Here, Right Now, email quoting the product code ED130, your name, school name + address.

Human Rights are Children's Rights

Human Rights are Children's Rights is a joint publication by the National Children's Bureau (NCB) and the British Institute of Human Rights. It provides practical information for those working with children and young people on the Human Rights Act and how it has been used to protect, promote and put children's human rights into practice. Copies can be ordered from NCB's website.

Policy briefings and reports

BIHR produces policy briefings and reports on a wide range of issues. These can be found here on our website.


External human rights resources

BIHR cannot be held responsible for the content of external websites or resources.


A Guide to the Human Rights Act 1998 (3rd Edition), Ministry of Justice, October 2006
Human Rights: Human Lives - a handbook for public authorities, Ministry of Justice, October 2006
Human Rights Act Toolkit, Jenny Watson and Mitchell Woolf, Legal Action Group 2003
Dignity Ward, Dignified Revolution 2010

A guide to the Human Rights Act in other languages, and also an easy read version, is available from the DirectGov website.


Blackstone's Guide to the Human Rights Act 1998 (4th Edition), Wadham, Mountfield and Edmundson, OUP 2007
Human Rights in the Community: rights as agents for change, Colin Harvey (Ed.), Hart Publishing 2005
Human Rights: who needs them?, Frances Butler, IPPR 2004


Reports of the Joint Committee on Human Rights
Our Rights, Our Future - human rights based approaches in Ireland, Amnesty International Irish Section
Human Rights: improving public service delivery, Audit Commission, September 2003
Whose rights are they anyway?: Carers and the Human Rights Act, Carers UK, 2006
Rights for Real - older people, human rights and the CEHR, Age Concern May 2006

Case law

The British and Irish Legal Information Institute
Human Rights Case Digest

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