Submissions

We are currently accepting submissions for Volume 52 (2020-2021) of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review (HRLR), our journal print publication. We are also accepting submissions for HRLR Online, our online component. Please see below for more details on each publication. Both publications require similar submission formatting, as outlined below.

The Columbia Human Rights Law Review

We are currently accepting submissions for Volume 52 (2020-2021) of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review (HRLR).  

The Columbia Human Rights Law Review calls for submissions to be published in Volume 52 of the Review. HRLR welcomes the submission of unsolicited manuscripts of proposed articles for possible publication. Accepted contributions generally deal directly with, or are otherwise relevant to, current ideas in international human rights and domestic civil rights law, including pieces from interdisciplinary perspectives. We seek pieces with balanced legal analysis, or pieces that justify a position and advocate it cogently. We welcome works by scholars, practitioners, and others with knowledge of the human rights field.

Submissions are welcome from practitioners, law professors, recent graduates, and interested scholars in other disciplines. Authors of color; LGBTQI+ authors; disabled authors; authors from low-income backgrounds; and all authors from communities that are traditionally underrepresented in human rights legal scholarship are especially encouraged to submit pieces. 

We are particularly interested in the following types of submissions:

  • Submissions from practitioners in the fields of international and domestic human rights and civil rights.
  • Submissions with empirical analysis whose findings can be independently verified. 

Submissions details are as follows:

  • Submit only one, double spaced copy of your manuscript. We greatly prefer if submissions appear in Microsoft Word format.
  • Submissions via Expresso, Scholastica, or email are acceptable. If you seek to submit via email, please send a copy of your manuscript and CV to columbia.hrlr.submissions@gmail.com.
  • Submitted articles should range from 10,000 to 30,000 words and be double-spaced in a 12-point font with 1″ margins.
  • Text and citations should conform to A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) (“The Bluebook”). Footnotes are strongly preferred over endnotes.
  • We encourage the use of gender-neutral language.
  • Submissions should include author resume and contact information (address, phone number, and email address). Manuscripts can be submitted via Scholastica or ExpressO. Alternatively, authors can submit to columbia.hrlr.submissions@gmail.com
  • If you have an expedited deadline, please let us know as soon as possible via email or Scholastica notification. We will do our best to honor all expedite requests and to provide a prompt publication decision. 

Please address questions regarding submissions to Executive Articles Editor Marielle Paloma Greenblatt at columbia.hrlr.submissions@gmail.com. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, with a preferred deadline of June 30th, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST. 

Special Issue Call for Submissions (Print and Online)

The Columbia Human Rights Law Review calls for submissions to be published in the Special Issue of the Review, 52.3, in Spring 2021, on sex workers’ rights, advocacy, and organizing. For the Special Issue, in addition to traditional law review style pieces, HRLR also will accept shorter articles, cross-disciplinary works, pieces by organizers about the impacts of laws or legal frameworks on sex workers, or anything else that adds to legal scholarship. Submissions may be in the form of a finished paper or a comprehensive proposal.

We are particularly interested in the following types of submissions:

  • Submissions from authors who are or were sex workers, or have direct experience working with sex workers, either as counsel or in other capacities;
  • Submissions from scholars, practitioners, and others with knowledge of the human rights and civil rights fields;
  • Submissions from authors based inside and outside of the United States that address legal topics related to sex work from a labor rights lens; from a public health lens; from an LGBTQI+ or racial justice lens; from a criminalization and policing lens; from a digital privacy lens; and/or from a comparative law lens. 

HRLR recognizes that current or former sex workers who submit pieces may have concerns about anonymity. If this pertains to you, please include that information with your submission so that HRLR may work with you on how to best attribute your scholarship.

For this edition, limited honorarium funds may be available to support the publication of pieces by workers, advocates, practitioners, or other scholars who are not financially supported for academic work through an institution. For information on honorariums or for any other questions about submissions to the special issue, please email columbia.hrlr.submissions@gmail.com.

To submit, please email a copy of your resume and piece to Columbia Human Rights Law Review Submissions at columbia.hrlr.submissions@gmail.com with the subject line “HRLR Special Issue Submission.”  

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, with a preferred deadline of July 15th, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST. 

HRLR Online Call for Submissions

The Columbia Human Rights Law Review calls for submissions to be published on our online platform, HRLR Online. HRLR Online highlights different perspectives on the broader topics discussed in our upcoming print issues. For the upcoming publication year, we are primarily interested in submissions on the intersection of human rights and the following topics: international financial institutions, economic reform, global labor rights, mitigating historical injustices, decolonization and lands rights, digital privacy, and bias in machine learning. We also remain interested in more general submissions.

Submissions are welcome from practitioners, law professors, law students, and interested scholars in other disciplines. HRLR Online focuses on emerging issues and typically publishes pieces that are shorter in length. Submitted pieces for HRLR Online should range from 2,000 to 5,000 words and be double-spaced in a 12-point font with 1″ margins. To submit, please email a copy of your resume and piece to Columbia Human Rights Law Review Submissions at columbia.hrlr.submissions@gmail.com with the subject line “HRLR Online Submission.”  

Please direct any questions to HRLR Online Submissions Executive Online Editor, Isabelle Canaan, at imc2123@columbia.edu. Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis, but our preferred deadline for submissions for publishing in 2020-2021 is June 31, 2020 at 11:59 PM EST