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 2

Volume 24, Issue 2

Winter 2020

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

  • Is Human Trafficking a Crime That Should Not Be Subject to Any Statute of Limitations?
    • Maria Barraco
       
  • Rubber Bullets and the Black Lives Matter Protests
    • Tala Doumani & Jamil Dakwar
       
  • The Tortured Woman: Defying the Gendered Conventions of the Convention Against Torture
    • Linda Kelly
       
  • The Statelessness of the Children of North Korean Women Defectors in China
    • Chae Mims
       

student columns

  • Mining in Guatemala: Human Rights and Investment Treaty Arbitration
    • Valentina Capotosto
       
  • How a Fisherman's Murder Revealed Morocco's Police Brutality and Ethnic Discrimination
    • Nora Elmubarak
       
  • Sporting Institutions Turned a Blind Eye to China's Human Rights Abuses but They Have Potential to Drive Global Change
    • Hailey Ferguson
       
  • North Carolina CAFOs: An Example of Why the United States Needs to Recognize the Right to Safe, Clean Drinking Water
    • Maggie Horstman
       
  • Dutch Supreme Court Ruling Marks Sea Change in Climate Litigation
    • Adrian Lewis
       
  • Australia's First Nations Community and the Right to Water
    • Maya Martin Tsukazaki
       
  • U.S. "Asylum Cooperative Agreements" with Central American Countries 
    • Maria Alejandra Torres
       

Regional Systems coverage

  • Forced Pregnancy and Gender Based Violence in Latin America
    • Miranda Carnes
       
  • Gender Violence and the Human Rights of Women in Cuba
    • Leila Hamouie
       
  • Freedom of the Press in U.S. Protests
    • Abigail Rosenthal

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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