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

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The Human Rights Brief (HRB) is an electronic publication at American University Washington College of Law (WCL). The HRB, WCL’s oldest Brief, was founded in 1994 in partnership with the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Today, the HRB maintains global readership, and it is supervised by an eight-person Faculty Advisory Board. Student staff members participate in creating and editing content in a variety of mediums, and they learn valuable skills through workshops, events, and mentorship opportunities.

To read more, visit "Current Issue: Volume 27, Issue 1 (2024).

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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.