The Election Obligations and Standards (EOS) database is a searchable resource that consolidates nearly 200 sources of public international law related to human rights and elections.

Originally created in August 2010 as the Database of Obligations for Democratic Elections, EOS is a user-friendly tool that helps observers, as well as citizens and election officials, identify states’ obligations under public international law and assess elections against these commitments.

By anchoring election assessment to international obligations, citizens and observers are better able to hold governments accountable.

The Center has identified 21 fundamental rights and obligations relevant to the electoral process. EOS includes text excerpts from international instruments that support each obligation and associates them with one or more of the ten parts of the electoral process. The database enables users to search by obligation, election part, country, authoring organization, keyword, or a combination of these.

EOS is located here.