The Columbia Human Rights Law Review (HRLR) seeks to publish and distribute legal analysis and discussion of human rights, civil rights, and civil liberties under both international and domestic law.

HRLR believes that thoughtful, nuanced discussion of human rights issues and broad dissemination of information about legal remedies for human rights violations promote human rights around the world. To this end, HRLR has published a law review of scholarly articles and commentary covering domestic and international human rights issues since 1968. 

Due to the journal’s expansive view of human rights, HRLR articles cover a wide range of topics and are considered a valuable resource for academics and practitioners alike. In addition, the HRLR enjoys a wide circulation-our subscribers are individuals, institutions, human rights organizations, and libraries in over forty countries. By virtue of the breadth of HRLR articles, and the wide audience that is reached, the Columbia Human Rights Law Review has a truly profound impact on the field of human rights.

Purchasing Print Issues of HRLR

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Open Access

As of 2019 the Columbia Human Rights Law Review (HRLR) is an open access publication, which means that content published from 2019 onward is free to access without charge to the user or their institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles in this journal without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. Authors retain their copyright and agree to license their articles with a Creative Commons “Attribution” License (CC-BY) unless otherwise noted on the article landing page. You can read more about Creative Commons licenses at creativecommons.org.

Open access publishing helps HRLR to achieve our mission of broad dissemination of information about legal remedies for human rights violations and promote human rights around the world. The articles we publish are searchable and freely accessible on the web, which means that our legal scholarship can be easily found and studied by academics and lawyers both in the United States and abroad. The visibility and use that open access fosters increases the impact and visibility of each author’s work and the overall reach of our valuable and important resource.

Membership Selection

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Editorial Board

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Staff Editors

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The Trump Administration
Human Rights Tracker

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