Human Rights Brief

AUWCL’s Center for Human Rights & Humanitarian Law established the student-run Human Rights Brief as part of its long-standing commitment to human rights education and excellence in legal analysis and writing.  For nearly 30 years, the Center has worked with students, faculty, and the international legal community to provide and to support concise, cutting-edge legal analysis of human rights issues.  The Human Rights Brief continues to enjoy great success contributing articles, editing pieces, representing the Center at human rights events around Washington, D.C., and working with practitioners around the world to further scholarship and examine emerging issues in the disciplines of human rights and humanitarian law. 

“"Our dual mission is to create human rights and humanitarian law content for advocates globally through our publication, podcast, and symposium and support the professional development of our student staff"”

Angel Gardner (J.D. '23) & Leila Hamouie (J.D. '23); Editors-in-Chief

The Latest Issue

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As the world continues to navigate a global pandemic, we have observed human rights issues manifest and evolve in a variety of ways. Solutions to these issues must consider and integrate the complexity and diversity reflected in the people who experience them. This issue of the Human Rights Brief offers nuanced and critical analyses of the ways in which states perpetuate systematic human rights abuses through politics, judicial systems, and foreign policies. Through this issue, we seek to highlight enduring and emergent human rights issues, while exploring solutions to end cycles of violence, abuse, and deprivation of rights and to empower affected persons.

We want to thank our dedicated staff of writers, editors, podcast producers, communications specialists, and symposium producers for their incredible work on this issue. This diverse group of students allows us to curate culturally competent and creative legal arguments that aim to reimagine human rights both locally and globally. Finally, as our reader, we want to thank you for your continued support in our quest as a publication to provide insightful commentary and explore new solutions to global human rights issues.

To read more, visit "Latest Volume" for Volume 21, Issue 1.

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Quick Facts About the Human Rights Brief
  • 50
    Student Staffers
  • 25
    Years of Legal Analysis
  • 68
    Articles Each Year

Interested in Writing for the Brief?

Students from American University Washington College of Law have the opportunity to write for the Human Rights Brief by joining its staff.  Practitioners, scholars, and other students are invited to submit pieces on a variety of human rights and humanitarian law topics at any time.  Click below to learn more.