Enforced Disappearance Legal Database

Take Down Policy

Effective date: 1 June 2022. Last updated: 1 June 2022

  1. The Enforced Disappearance Legal Database (the Database) is owned and maintained by European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC), run by Middlesex University School of Law.
  2. The purpose of the Database is to collate and make publicly available leading jurisprudence, legislation and soft law on enforced disappearance as developed by human rights mechanisms around the world. It seeks to promote understanding of this complex human rights violation. It allows users to undertake legal research, comparative jurisdictional analysis and explorative study on issues concerning the offence of enforced disappearance.
  3. As a general rule, information published on the Database will be considered in the public domain and will only be removed in exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of the Repository Team at the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre.
  4. Anyone with a legitimate reason to request the removal of any content from the Database should notify the Repository Team by email – EDLDInfo@mdx.ac.uk – including the URL of the record and the reason for the removal request.
  5. Legitimate reasons would normally concern the ownership of intellectual property rights, moral rights or other legal issues. Grounds for complaint may include (but are not limited to) third-party copyright issues, unauthorised copying, breach of confidence or data protection. Requests for the removal of a full text item should include:
    • Full bibliographic details of the material to be removed.
    • Web site address (URL) where the material is located.
    • The reason for the removal request and desired action.
    • If the reason is infringement of third-party rights, full details of intellectual property rights ownership.
  6. Upon receipt of a removal request the following procedure will be followed:
    • Every request will be acknowledged by the Repository Team.
    • The relevant item will be removed and an initial assessment undertaken by the Repository Team to establish the issues raised and the merits of the removal request.
    • The outcome of the above assessment will be communicated to the requester as soon as reasonably practicable. It may be necessary for the Repository Team to seek legal advice before the complaint can be fully resolved.
    • If the removal request is upheld, the item will be permanently withdrawn from the repository. However, in most cases a metadata record will remain. This will be agreed on a case by case basis.
    • If the requester disagrees with the decision, they have a right of appeal. Appeals must be submitted within 2 months of the decision being notified to the requester.  Appeals must be submitted by email to EDLDInfo@mdx.ac.uk.