Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law


Howard A. Hood

First Page



Research on implementation of the humanitarian provisions of the Helsinki Accord must include examination of the periodical literature. Articles on this topic are not restricted to specific journals, however, but are scattered throughout the gamut of human rights and general interest publications--from scholarly reviews and esoteric newsletters to the most popular magazines and newspapers. Research on the Accord thus encounters difficulties common to the investigation of the broad topic of human rights. Many of the relevant periodicals are obscure, unindexed, hard to locate, and ephemeral. Because of the global character of human rights concerns, journals and newsletters dealing with them are published in various languages. In addition, because human rights problems can be studies from diverse vantage points--activist, philosophical, political, religious, economic, diplomatic, etc.--pertinent discussions can appear in a vast array of journals, reports, and newsletters.