2024 Human Rights Essay Award

submission for the Human Rights Essay Award is now CLOSE! 

STAY TUNEd FOR the 2025 Human Rights Essay Award!

2025 Topic will be announced soon

The Human Rights Essay Award is an annual award sponsored by the Academy aimed at encouraging the production of academic articles in the field of international human rights law. The topic for the 2025 will be announced soon. Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to this theme. However, the scope of the essay must directly correspond to the 2025 theme, or it will be disqualified. Additionally, we would like to note that we believe international human rights law includes international humanitarian law and international criminal law.


The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of:

  • A full tuition scholarship to the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance options (travel, housing and per diem living expenses are not included)*

  • The best articles may also be published in the American University International Law Review, which contains relevant and diverse academic material. This prestigious journal receives approximately 1,500 submissions each year and publishes legal research from professors, judges, lawyers, and renowned scholars.

*In 2021 the Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law was held virtually due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Academy reserves the right to determine if the 2024 Program will be held virtually. 

Participants Eligibility Requirements:

  • Must hold a law degree, Juris Doctor, (J.D.), Bachelor of Laws (LL.B.), or equivalent.

  • Shall have a demonstrated experience or interest in international human rights law.  

  • Have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the 2024 topic: ¨Protection and Assurance of Human Rights in Digital Environments¨

  • Must keep in mind the essay must be a legal article citation sources. 

Important dates:

  • Deadline for submissions : will be announced soon.

  • Winners Announcement: will be announced soon.

Difference between the award and our LL.M Program

We would like to remind you that the Human Rights Essay Award is a project offered by the Academy of Human Rights and International Law. The project is not related to the application process for our LL.M. programs, for which you need to follow all the steps outlined on our website at this link, which we encourage you to consult if you are interested.

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Contact us!

For more information, please contact us at humanrightsessay@wcl.american.edu. Allow 48 to 72 business hours for responses

We invite you all to keep visiting this page for more details on the 2025 Human Rights Essay Award!