Human Rights Essay Award

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Human Rights Essay Award: The Human Rights Essay Award is an annual competition sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (American University, Washington College of Law) and seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law.

Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the assigned topic.

The Honor Jury deciding the Award will be comprised of professionals with a recognized expertise in international human rights law.

The best articles may be published in the American University International Law Review.

The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish. The Award in each case will consist of:

  • a scholarship to the Specialized Human Rights Program
  • travel expenses to Washington D.C.
  • housing at the university dorms
  • a per diem for living expenses

    Award Eligibility and Requirements:

  • Hold a law degree and have demonstrated experience or interest in international human rights law.
  • Submit only one unpublished legal article/paper written in English or Spanish, solely by the participant.
  • Articles must not exceed 35 pages in length, including footnotes, and must be double spaced using 12-point Times New Roman font, in letter size paper (8.5 x11) with 1 inch margins all around.
  • Articles can only be submitted via email to hracademy [at] in Microsoft Word format.

  • The deadline to submit articles is early February every year.
  • Winners are announced in April.

    For more information and application, see: Human Rights Essay Award

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