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Primer: Support Technologies for Human Rights Lawyers

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.

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