Legal Observing

Below is a list of resources that detail Legal Observing and Human Rights Observing skills.

MALS Legal Observers' Handbook

This publication is designed as a resource booklet for Legal Observers—primarily to assist in Legal Observer training, but also as reference material for others looking to organise Legal Observers in their locality.

National Lawyers Guild Legal Observer Training Manual

This Legal Observer manual details the role and responsibilities of Legal Observers, as well as outlining how to establish a Legal Observer team for a large or complex event. Published by the National Lawyers Guild in the United States.

Amnesty International Handbook

There are members of Amnesty International (AI) in more than 140 countries and territories around the world, united by their determination to work for human rights. This Amnesty International Handbook is a basic reference manual which aims to provide a general guide to AI's policies and practices for all AI's members. It seeks to explain AI's position on human rights questions and how AI works.

Protection Manual for Human Rights Defenders

Published by Protection International, this manual is developed to provide human rights defenders with additional knowledge and tools useful for improving their understanding of security and protection. It is the result of over 25 years combined experience of Protection International’s members in working with humanitarian law and in the protection of Human Rights Defenders. Available in English, French, Spanish, Arab, Indonesian and Swahili.

Using Your Phone as an Accountability Tool

Ten Tips for filming police incidents. Keep safe distance. If police ask you to move, move back but keep filming. Hold your phone steady and still. Outstretched arms will get tired quickly, so hold your arm close to you as it helps to keep the phone steady. Hold your phone sideways (landscape), it picks up more of an incident. Remain calm and polite. Let others speak to the police or the victim, just concentrate on the filming. If you want to film your own encounter with police, hold the phone close to your chest pointing towards the police...

Victoria Police Weapon ID Guide

This guide is to help journalists, legal and human rights observers identify weapons that are currently available to Victoria Police. This is not an exhaustive list. It includes weapons used in crowd-control or public-order management contexts.


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