In the year 2009 the Institute published The United Nations´s Human Rights Conventions - Principles, implementation and impact of Icelandic law.
International cooperation on the protection of human rights has grown rapidly in recent decades and the role of international human rights obligations in domestic law has similarly increased significantly. The Human Rights Institute wanted to celabrate the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) in December 2008, withe the publication. It marked the beginning of a new era in the preparation of binding international agreements on the subject and the development of international human rights rules.
The goal with the publication of Icelandic literature on the subject is specifically shed light on the human rights conventions of the United Nations which Iceland is a party, the major principles and their interpretation and implementation of committees that supervise them, and especially to highlight their status in domestic law and their impact on legislation and enforcement. The conventions are: The International Covenants on Civil and Political Rights and on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights from 1966, the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination from 1965, the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women from 1979, the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment of 1984, and finally the Convention of the Rights of the Child frp, 1989. The most recent Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, adopted December 13, 2006 has not been ratified by Iceland yet and therefore accumulated experience of its implementation and the aim is to be discuss it in a later version . Contributors are experts in the field of human rights and have extensive experience of work and research related to the subjects they write about.