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We are no longer accepting submissions for Volume 30.  Submissions for Volume 31 will begin in March of 2017.

HHRJ publishes a range of original scholarly works covering a wide spectrum of international and domestic human rights issues of contemporary relevance. Part of our mission is to support the work of junior scholars, and we encourage submissions of well-written and original works from legal and academic scholars as well as practitioners.

Standards for Submission:

Language: Although HHRJ recognizes that human rights is an international field, HRJ only publishes pieces in English.

Electronic Submission: We ask all authors to submit their manuscripts electronically and preferably in Microsoft Word format. We greatly prefer for articles to be submitted through ExpressO. If financial considerations preclude you from submitting through ExpressO, we will also accept articles that are e-mailed as an attachment to with the word “Submissions” and the author’s name in the subject heading. We kindly ask that you do not send emails to the submissions account inquiring into the status of your submission. If we select your article for publication, we will contact you.

Citation Format: Please use footnotes rather than endnotes. Footnotes should comply with The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (19th ed. 2010).

Length Limitations:
We give preference to articles between 10,000 and 25,000 words in length. We will not publish articles exceeding 35,000 words except in extraordinary circumstances.

Review Process:
Our review process for Volume 30 is now closed. Our review process will begin again in late Spring 2015. At that point, all submissions that meet our criteria will be reviewed, and a Submissions Editor will respond to let the author know of the status of his or her submission. This process can take up to 4-6 weeks, as we make every effort to give each submission a thorough review.


HHRJ typically publishes three different types of student writing: student notes (10,000-15,000 words, similar to a full journal article), recent developments (2,500-5,000 word commentaries on recent court cases or legislative developments), and book reviews (700-1,000 words).

HHRJ is unique in the diversity of types of pieces it publishes – we cover a vast array of human rights-related topics, so if you have written a paper for a class that is related to human rights in any way, please feel free to send it our way.

If you are a student at Harvard Law School, please submit your writing directly to  If you are a student at another school, please submit your writing through ExpressO.


HHRJ publishes online content regularly, including book reviews (700 – 1,000 words), recent development commentaries on recent court cases or legislative developments (1,000 – 2,000 words), interviews with prominent human rights leaders and activists (700 – 1,000 words), and blog posts on relevant critical human rights issues (600 – 1,000 words). We will only accept pieces that are not published elsewhere on the Internet.

We accept online submissions on a rolling basis. We welcome online contributions by academics, activists, practitioners, NGO leaders, and students. Please send your submissions to As with article submissions, we kindly ask that you do not send emails asking about the status of your submission. If we decide to publish your content, we will contact you.