The Columbia Human Rights Law Review

Call for Submissions for HRLR’s 50th Volume


The Columbia Human Rights Law Review is currently accepting submissions for publication in Volume 50 (2018-2019).
Submit manuscripts here.

HRLR Alumnae Selected for Supreme Court Clerkships


Beatrice Franklin ’14 and Sarah Hartman Sloan ’16 will serve as law clerks to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former faculty advisor to the journal, and retired Justice John Paul Stevens. Read more here. 

Announcing the 2018-2019 Editorial Board


The Columbia Human Rights Law Review is proud to announce its 2018-2019 Editorial Board.
See the full list here

Announcing the Notes Selected for Publication in Volume 50


The Columbia Human Rights Law Review is proud to announce the six student Notes selected for publication in Volume 50.
See the announcement here.

Volume 49.1 Now Available


The Fall 2017 issue features contributions from the Bringing Human Rights Home Lawyers’ Network 2017 Symposium, titled ‘Localizing Human Rights in the New Era: Strategies for State and Local Implementation of Human Rights in the United States.’

Authors include Risa Kaufman, JoAnn Kamuf Ward, Martha Davis, Inga Winkler, Catherine Flowers, and Michele Grigolo. The issue also features transcripts of remarks by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and former Birmingham, Alabama Mayor William Bell.

Read the articles here

The Columbia Human Rights Law Review is the leading legal journal on human rights, covering foreign and domestic human and civil rights issues. HRLR also publishes HRLR Online, an online forum for timely, responsive human rights scholarship, and A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual, a guide for prisoners to pursue claims pro se. 

The Trump Human Rights Tracker

To aid journalists, civil society organizations, and the general public, the human rights organizations of Columbia Law School have launched a tool to track the Trump administration’s actions and their impact on human rights. The tracker summarizes the action taken by the President, identifies the human rights implications, and provides links to sources where readers can find more detailed analysis.

Read the announcement here.

A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual

A handbook of legal rights and procedures designed for use by people in prison. Since publication of the First Edition in 1978, tens of thousands of prisoners in institutions across the country have used A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual to exercise their legal rights. Prisoners are often indigent and lack access to legal counsel while incarcerated. The JLM informs prisoners of their legal rights and instructs them about how to secure these rights through the judicial process, clearly explaining legal research techniques and how to read legal documents. Prisoners may use the JLM to address specific problems related to their treatment in prison, or to attack their unfair convictions or sentences.