The Columbia Human Rights Law Review

50th Anniversary Issue (Volume 50.3, Spring 2019) Published


The Columbia Human Rights Law Review is pleased to announce our 50th Anniversary Issue, available in full on our Current Issues page.

The 50th Anniversary Issue begins with a Foreword by Chief Judge Robert A. Katzmann of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. It includes articles about the European Court of Human Rights’ response to the refugee crisis, the international diffusion of fundamental labor standards, and the lack of accountability for the Department of Homeland Security’s expedited removal processes.

Scholars published include Lindsay M. Harris, S.J. Rombouts, and Anita Sinha. The 50th Anniversary Issue also includes Notes by HRLR‘s own Benjamin Paul Bennett and Hilary Rosenthal.

Announcing HRLR’s 2019-20 Editorial Board


The Columbia Human Rights Law Review is proud to announce its incoming 2019-2020 Editorial Board. See the incoming board at our Editorial Board page.

On behalf of the entire outgoing editorial board, we congratulate the new board and are excited to see the contributions they will make to the Columbia Human Rights Law Review and A Jailhouse Lawyer’s Manual. It has been an honor to serve on the board this year.

Announcing the Relaunch of the Trump Human Rights Tracker


After two years of a seemingly endless barrage of human rights violations by the Trump Administration, HRLR has redesigned the Trump Human Rights Tracker to be a more modern, efficient and user-friendly website. See the new website 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. 

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. 

HRLR Online

HRLR Online is an online forum for the rigorous discussion and analysis of current issues in human rights law. HRLR Online seeks to publish both academics and practitioners alike, as well as current law students passionate about human rights law and advocacy. With our online platform, the Columbia Human Rights Law Review hopes to more quickly address pressing and controversial areas of human rights law and encourage the vigorous debate of such issues.

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 relaunch announcement here.
Read the original 2017 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 (JLM) to exercise their legal rights. 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.