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We are no longer taking submissions for Volume 29 except for student notes.  However, we always encourage submission of content for our website. Submissions for Volume 30 will begin in March of 2016.

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

Electronic Submission: We encourage authors to submit their manuscripts electronically and preferably in Microsoft Word format. Submissions should be e-mailed as an attachment to with the word Submissions and the author’s name in the subject heading.

Hard copy submissions: Submissions by mail should be typed and double-spaced. Please mail your submissions to the following address:

Submissions, Harvard Human Rights Journal
Harvard Law School
Caspersen Student Center, Suite 3039
1585 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138

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 28 is now closed. We are currently accepting submissions on a rolling basis for Volume 29, for which our review process will begin 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.


HRJ 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).

We are no longer accepting pieces for Volume 28. HRJ 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 already that is related to human rights in any way, please feel free to send it our way.

Please send your submissions to the Student Writing Editors, at, who are also available to answer your questions and work with you throughout the writing process. We look forward to hearing from you!


HRJ 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 accept only pieces that are not published elsewhere on the Internet.

We are currently accepting online submissions on a rolling basis. We welcome online contributions by academics, activists, practitioners, NGO leaders, or students.  Please send your submissions and any questions to the Online Editors, at We look forward to hearing from you!

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