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 mission is-through our publication, podcast, and symposia-to create human rights content for advocates, while supporting the professional development of our student staff.”

Nora Elmubarak (J.D. ’22) and Madison Bingle (J.D. ’22); Editors-in-Chief

The Latest Issue

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In this issue, academics, professionals, and students explore the role that
international legal systems can play in addressing pandemics. This issue
then turns to modern versions of age-old problems: refugee rights and
sovereignty. New technologies, varied conflicts, and climate changes
require new solutions, or at least newly imagined ways of using our
existing systems. In a time when the world is holding a magnifying glass to
systems of oppression around the globe, a human rights-based approach is
crucial in reaching agreements about disputed territory and ethnic conflict.

Yet, in addressing these large-scale global questions, we cannot ignore
those individuals who have been historically erased or ignored by society.
As India implements an imperfect law protecting the rights of transgender
individuals, we see progress towards gender equality despite the law’s
shortcomings. In Mexico, we see that international systems are not always
fit to address violations of individual rights, despite the modern human
rights legal regime’s attempt to bridge that gap. The Student Columns and
Regional Systems articles continue on this theme — individuals are
harmed, and legal systems should prevent the harm, or, at the very least,
provide effective remedy for it. 

To read more, click here for Volume 24, Issue 3 (Spring 2021)

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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.