Guidelines for Article submissions and student submissions to the Print Journal are described separately below. Guidelines for submissions to the Online Journal are located here. Please email Submissions.HHRJ@mail.law.harvard.edu with any concerns.
The Harvard Human Rights Journal publishes three types of student writing in the annual print issue: Notes, Comments, and Book Reviews.
- Subject Matter: All submissions should address contemporary human rights issues using international human rights law.
- Notes should be similar to Articles in content and style.
- Comments should give commentary on recent court cases or legislative developments.
- Book Reviews should discuss a recently released book.
- Eligibility: Current law students (e.g., JDs, LLMs, SJDs) and recent graduates (must have graduated within the past two years as of the submission date) are eligible.
- Length Limitations: We strongly prefer submissions within the following length limitations, including text, footnotes, and appendices.
- Notes: 10,000–15,000 words.
- Comments: 2,500–5,000 words.
- Book Reviews: 1,000–2,500 words.
- Language: Although we recognize that human rights is an international field, we only publish pieces in English.
- Citation Format: All assertions should be cited. We strongly prefer submissions that use footnotes rather than endnotes and that comply with The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation (21st ed. 2020).
Instructions: We ask that all student submissions be submitted via email and in Microsoft Word format. Student submissions should be emailed as attachments to Submissions.HHRJ@mail.law.harvard.edu, with “Student Submission – [Law School Name] – [Last Name]” in the subject line, along with a CV or resume.
Review Process: Submissions are reviewed and accepted year-round on a rolling basis. Due to the volume of submissions we receive, we are unable to accommodate requests to confirm receipt or respond to inquiries about the status of a submission. We kindly ask that authors not send emails inquiring into the status of their submissions. If a submission is selected for publication, we will contact the author directly.