Student Involvement

There are several ways in which WCL students can get involved in the Brief.

Join the Staff

JD and LLM students enrolled at the American University Washington College of Law are encouraged to apply for a position on the Human Rights Brief staff. In addition to gaining valuable research, writing, and editing experience, staff members will become familiar with fundamental issues in human rights law. Brief staff members also benefit from interacting with alumni and other practitioners working in the field of human rights, as well as students interested in human rights law.

The application process for Senior Staff positions takes place toward the end of the spring semester and the application process for Junior Staff positions takes place during the first few weeks of school in the fall. To view a list of staff position descriptions, click here.

Write an Article

All WCL students and staff members are encouraged to submit articles for publication. Students interested in writing an article for the Brief should submit a one-page abstract to To view the guidelines for publishing an article with the Brief, as well as a detailed description of the editing process, click here.

Submit Article/Column Ideas

The Human Rights Brief benefits greatly from the diverse, unique experiences of WCL students. Traditionally, WCL students have been a key source of ideas for articles and columns for the Brief. If you have an idea for an article, or if you would like to contribute information for a column, please email We value all input and feedback.

Cite the Human Rights Brief

The Human Rights Brief seeks to inspire further research and analysis on pertinent legal issues. Citing to the Brief enhances both its visibility and credibility.

The proper citation for an article in the Human Rights Brief Volume 11, Issue 3, beginning at page 51 would be: 11 No. 3 Hum. Rts. Brief 51 (2004). Please note that all Brief articles are also available on Westlaw and LexisNexis.

Join the Listserv & Keep Informed

To subscribe to the Human Rights Brief listserv, please send an email to