The 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 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 human rights scholarship.   

The Latest Issue

Volume 24, Issue 3

Volume 24, Issue 3

Spring 2021

In Spring 2020, the Human Rights Brief made the switch to an issue-based publication model. This page will be updated quarterly with the latest in human rights coverage, developments, and legal analysis. Past issues of the Brief can be found AUWCL's archive, Digital Commons.

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Inside the Latest Volume

practitioner articles

  • Pandemics and International Law: The Need for International Action
    • Claudio Grossman
       
  • 21st-Century Refugees: Uncovering the Human Rights Gap
    • J. Mauricio Gaona 
       
  • Toward Permanent Peace and Stability in Artsakh
    • George S. Yacoubian, Jr. 
       
  • Legislative Review of "The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act, 2019"
    • Aastha Khanna and Divesh Sawhney
       
    • Institutionalization and Torture of People with Disabilities in Mexico: A Case for Holding States Responsible for Crimes Against Humanity
      • Priscila Rodriguez

    student columns

    • Who Decides "The Best Interests of the Child?": Strengthening Legal Protections for Intersex Persons against Sexual- and Gender-based Violence
      • Lucette Moran
         
    • Tanzania Blocks Direct Petitions to the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights
      • Ben Phillips
         
    • The Unexpected Way Coal Mining in Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park is a Human Rights Violation
      • Lily Baron
         
    • Trapped at Sea: As Seafarers' Rights Erode During COVID-19 Pandemic, Arbitration Mechanism May Offer a Path for Redress
      • Shannon Quinn
         
    • How a Universal Definition May Shape the Looming Climate Refugee Crisis
      • Alexandra Haris
         

    Regional Systems coverage

    • A Long Road or Dead End?: Justice for a Chilean General
      • Julio A. Sanchez and Anita Sinha
         
    • Reforming the Legal Process: An End to Human Trafficking in Latin America
      • Miranda Carnes

    Special Joint COVID-19 Issue

    Special Joint COVID-19 Issue

    Special Joint COVID-19 Issue

    Summer 2020

    The pandemic has both demonstrated and exacerbated massive inequalities in our global system; it has provided an excuse for governments to claim authoritarian powers, and it has caused vulnerable communities to suffer disproportionally. This issue aims to provide both an overview of a few responses to the pandemic as well as a few legal frameworks in which to begin to address the underlying problems.

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