Center Publications

Human Rights Brief

The Human Rights Brief, a student-run publication of the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, reports on developments in international human rights and humanitarian law and provides concise legal analysis of cutting edge human rights issues. Established in 1994, the Brief maintains a strong commitment to supporting human rights practitioners and strengthening the community of human rights advocates around the world. Currently, the Brief reaches over 6,000 subscribers in more than 90 countries.



Protecting Children against Torture in Detention: Global Solutions for a Global Problem (2017)

This edited volume brings together contributions by more than 30 international children’s rights experts in response to former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Juan Ernesto Mendez's groundbreaking thematic report on torture of children deprived of liberty. The diverse perspectives offered by our authors, paired with the former Special Rapporteur’s report, provide innovative solutions to an all-too-common reality faced by children deprived of liberty around the world, and illustrate a profound commitment to the ongoing challenge of protecting the fundamental human rights of children everywhere.



Impact Litigation at American University Washington College of Law (2016)

This brochure provides an overview of the Impact Litigation Project (ILP), an experiential education initiative that promotes and strengthens the rule of law and democracy around the world. Taking a holistic approach, the ILP identifies, pursues, and supports pivotal cases in both international and domestic fora to enhance the development and furtherance of international jurisprudence and standards. These initiatives, among others, contribute to a diverse experiential education and offer writing opportunities for AUWCL law students who choose not to wait for graduation to start contributing to a better world for all.

Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law Annual Report (2015-2016)

For over 20 years, the Center has worked with students, faculty, and the international legal community to provide scholarship and support for human rights initiatives around the world. The annual report highlights the Center's work and achievements that have been made possible by our students, staff, and faculty. Learn about the Center's programs and the impact they have had at American University Washington College of Law.


Torture in Healthcare Settings: Reflections on the Special Rapporteur on Torture's 2013 Thematic Report (2013)

This follow-up model seeks to expand upon a thematic report by the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Torture (SRT). This volume provides a broad overview of the problem of torture and ill-treatment in health care settings worldwide, and addresses the unique challenges posed by the abusive treatment of persons with psychosocial and mental disabilities, with a particular view to questions of legal capacity and informed consent for psychiatric treatment and interventions.


Montreux Five Years On (2013)

Montreux Five Years On provides an analysis of state efforts to implement Montreux Document legal obligaions and good practices. The report highlights the significant and ongoing challenges that participating states face in meeting their legal obligations and implementing the good practices. The report provides recommendations to states, including the need to ensure better oversight of and accountability for private military and security companies and their personnel and to improve victims' ability to access justice.


Human Rights in the U.S., A Handbook for Legal Aid Attorneys (2013)

The Local Human Rights Lawyering Project aims to provide training, coaching and mentorship for legal aid attorneys in the U.S. to integrate human rights framework into their daily work. The Handbook is a working document that we hope will continue to add aditional legal issue areas, human rights arguments, and strategies and arguments that resonate with judges and policymakers across the U.S.


Raising the Bar: Twenty-five Years of Strengthening Human Rights in Israel (2009)

The Herman Schwartz Israel Human Rights Law Fellowship, founded and administered by Center Co-Director and WCL Professor Herman Schwartz, has, for over thirty years, graduated more than 60 Fellows who have gone on to create and form the backbone of the human rights bar in Israel. This report was published in 2009 to mark the 25th anniversary of the program.



Teaching International Humanitarian Law at U.S. Law Schools (2007)

This survey, a collaboration between the Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law and the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), provides an overview of the state of IHL teaching in the United States, and contributes to a general understanding of the IHL landscape as it faces significant challenges. This survey allows the ICRC to better support scholars and institutions interested in strengthening the teaching of IHL.