Rightslink's student researchers are able to respond to a wide range of research requests utilizing both online resources and Columbia Law School's extensive library holdings; with more than a million volumes and subscriptions to more than 7,450 journals, Columbia's Diamond Law Library ranks among the best libraries in the world. Research projects may involve tracking down, evaluating, or supplementing human rights reports, statutes, treaties, or case law or other legal materials. For example, organizations working on domestic violence laws or employment discrimination in the United States may find it helpful to reference comparative analyses of analogous frameworks in other countries. Rightslink can also provide more in-depth research exploring potential avenues for human rights activism or litigation on specific issues. Please note, however, that Rightslink is unable to provide legal advice.
Incoming research requests are directed to Rightslink's Research Supervisors for their selection based on interest and expertise. Once your request has been selected, the relevant Supervisor will assemble a research team and contact you to discuss your project's turnaround time. Research team members will work in consultation with and present their findings to their Supervisor, who will typically write a memorandum summarizing the results of the research and send it to you along with relevant supporting documents. Please note that depending on the size and complexity of your request, it may take from one to several weeks to process it and to return the results.