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Tools and Resources

The Coalition's working groups have produced a number of resources including an annotated bibliography of science and human rights, guidelines for scientists working on human rights projects, examples of collaborations between scientists and human rights organizations, a primer on scientific freedom and human rights, and more. The resources are organized below by topic. 


Article 15: Right to Science

Report: Giving Meaning to the Right to Science: A Global and Multidisciplinary Approach (2017)
This report presents research eliciting the perspectives of scientists, engineers, and health professionals and advocates globally regarding Article 15, and the status of government reporting on the right.

Report: Defining the Right to Enjoy the Benefits of Scientific Progress and Its Applications (2013)
This report offers an analysis of the Coalition's initial research involving 17 disciplinary-specific focus groups addressing the meaning of Article 15.

Ethics and Human Rights

Intersections of Science, Ethics and Human Rights: The Question of Human Subjects Protection
This report offers a preliminary framework to address the conduct of scientific research as related to research involving human subjects.

Social Responsibility: A Preliminary Inquiry into the Perspectives of Scientists, Engineers and Health Professionals
This report offers findings from a preliminary questionnaire regarding scientists', engineers' and health professionals' view of their social responsibilities.

Human Rights in Codes of Ethics of Scientific and Professional Societies
A statement of the Ethics, Science and Human Rights Working Group of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition on the place of human rights in codes of ethics.

Human Rights Activities: Professional and Scholarly Societies

Primer: Scientific Freedom and Human Rights
This primer focuses on equipping scientific and engineering societies with the tools to effectively develop processes and procedures to address human rights issues.

Starter Kit: Helping Your Scientific Society Promote Human Rights
A guide to engaging your society in human rights, with links to examples and useful resources.

Directory: Scientific Societies Working on Human Rights Issues
Profiles and contact information of scientific societies working on human rights. Also features links to resources for scientific society action

Partnerships: Scientists, Engineers, Health Professionals and Human Rights Organizations

Guidelines: Scientists Working on Human Rights Projects
Resource for facilitating partnerships between human rights organizations and scientific or engineering experts.

Partnerships: Scientists Working With Human Rights Organizations
Examples of collaborations between scientists from a variety of disciplines and human rights practitioners that cover economic, social, and cultural rights as well as civil and political rights.

Protecting Rights of Scientists, Engineers and Health Professionals

Organizations: Defending the Human Rights of Scientists
Provides contact information for and descriptions of organizations working to protect the human rights of scientists.

Teaching and Learning Materials

Syllabi: Science and Human Rights
A list of syllabi for courses and teaching modules, with PDFs attached, on science and human rights.

Annotated Bibliography: Science and Human Rights
A bibliography of selected citations that illustrate interest in science and human rights within various scientific disciplines and among scientific associations.

A Very Brief Overview of Modern Human Rights
A backgrounder by on modern human rights issues. Updated 2/27/2015. 

Human Rights in Global Health: Team-Based Learning Education Resource for Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows
A resource for educators interested in using a team-based active learning strategy to teach about human rights in global health.

Science and Human Rights Campus Event Toolkit
A resource for students planning events on their campuses and in their communities around the intersections of human rights with science and technology.

Webinars Exploring Connections Between Human Rights and STEM Disciplines

Series of webinars exploring the connections between human rights and STEM disciplines. View the archived webinars.

These resources were prepared by members of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition, and do not necessarily reflect the views of AAAS, its Council, Board of Directors, officers, or members. AAAS is not responsible for the accuracy of this material. AAAS has made this material available as a public service, but this does not constitute endorsement by the association.