Primer: Support Technologies for Human Rights Lawyers

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This study looks at the place that technologies may have in helping human rights lawyers work most effectively. It looks at three classes of technologies:

1. Case and practice management tools, for managing the day­to­day flow of information around a case, such as the exchange of documents, task management and dates.

2. E­Discovery tools for digitizing, organizing and reviewing collections of documents, data or other material that could be evidence in a case.

3. Investigation and case building tools for organizing and analyzing the facts of a case or group of cases, providing visual overviews on maps, network charts and timelines.

The goal is to provide an understanding of the problems that the available tools target, a framework for thinking about how these technologies may fit into to your work, and a good understanding of the costs involved.