Submissions

We are currently accepting submissions for Volume 53 (2021–2022) 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 53 (2021–2022) of the Columbia Human Rights Law Review (HRLR).  

The Columbia Human Rights Law Review calls for submissions to be published in Volume 53 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. BIPOC authors, LGBTQI2S+ 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 Scholastica, ExpressO, or email are acceptable. Please send a copy of your manuscript, CV, and contact information (address, phone number, and email address). If you seek to submit via email, please send the above information to HRLRsubmissions@law.columbia.edu
  • 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 (21st ed. 2020) (“The Bluebook”). Footnotes are strongly preferred over endnotes.
  • We encourage the use of gender-neutral language.
  • 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 Kiara Rogers at HRLRsubmissions@law.columbia.edu. Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, with a preferred deadline of June 30th, 2021.

Special Issue (Print and Online)

The United States has a colonies problem, a result of the Supreme Court’s controversial rulings in the Insular Cases, a series of Plessy-era decisions grounded in racism that established a doctrine of “separate and unequal” status for the inhabitants of newly acquired overseas U.S. territories. While these cases have been long criticized, they have yet to be overruled by the Supreme Court. The Columbia Human Rights Law Review calls for submissions to be published in the Special Issue of the Review, 53.3, in Spring 2022, that examine the continuing impact of the Insular Cases on the 3.5 million residents of U.S. territories – 98% of whom are racial or ethnic minorities – and what role courts and other legal institutions should play in resolving a colonies problem they helped create.

We welcome articles and essays addressing the wide-ranging implications of the Insular Cases and the role of courts and other legal institutions in addressing America’s colonies problem, including, but not limited to submissions addressing the impact of the Insular Cases on:

  • The scope of constitutional guarantees and protections;
  • Democratic participation;
  • Racial, gender, and class equity;
  • Criminal procedures such as jury trial rights and search and seizure;
  • Cultural accommodations;
  • Self-determination.

We are particularly interested in submissions from:

  • Authors who live or have lived in a U.S. territory, or have direct experience working with the people of U.S. territories, either as counsel or in other capacities;
  • Scholars, practitioners, and others with knowledge of the human rights and civil rights fields;
  • Authors based inside and outside of the United States that address legal topics related to America’s colonies problem through a political, racial justice, economic rights, public health, criminalization and policing, and/or comparative law or international law lens.

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis, with a preferred deadline of September 1, 2021. For guidelines to submitting to the print version of HRLR, please see the previous section. For guidelines to submitting to HRLR Online, see the following section. Please address questions regarding submissions to Special Issue Managing Direct Sue Su at HRLRsubmissions@law.columbia.edu.

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: COVID-19, civil rights movements, the rise in racism towards minority groups, persecution of religious minorities, the global refugee crisis, digital privacy, labor and employment rights, and health policies. We also remain interested in more general submissions.

Submissions are welcome from practitioners, law professors, law students, and interested scholars in other disciplines. BIPOC authors, LGBTQI2S+ 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. 

HRLR Online focuses on emerging issues and typically publishes pieces that are shorter in length (between 15 and 25 pages). To submit, please email a copy of your resume and piece to Columbia Human Rights Law Review Submissions at columbia.HRLROnline.submissions@gmail.com with the subject line “HRLR Online Submission.”  

Submissions details are as follows:

  • Submit only one, double spaced copy of your manuscript. We greatly prefer if submissions appear in Microsoft Word format.
  • Submitted articles should range from 4,000 to 8,000 words and be double-spaced in a 12-point font with 1″ margins.
  • Text and citations should conform to A Uniform System of Citation (21st ed. 2020) (“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). 

Please direct all submissions and any questions to HRLR Online Submissions Executive Online Editor, Alix Meardon, at columbia.HRLROnline.submissions@gmail.com. Submissions are reviewed on a rolling basis, but our preferred deadline for submissions is August 31, 2021.