The Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute, Human Rights Clinic, Human Rights Law Review, and Rightslink are pleased to announce the inaugural ‘Columbia Law School Human Rights Student Paper Symposium’ to be held Friday, April 7 at Columbia Law School, Jerome Greene Hall. Current Columbia Law School J.D., LL.M., J.S.D. students, and visiting scholars are invited to submit papers on human rights law, policy, advocacy, theory, methods, and/or practice.

The Symposium is intended to foster the development of student scholarship and to stimulate debate on human rights challenges and opportunities. The student authors of papers selected for the Symposium will be invited to briefly present their work to a panel of faculty, practitioners, and students for feedback and commentary. The feedback will be designed to assist students to further develop their paper for publication. Following student presentations, the floor will open to the audience for continued collaborative discussion.

PAPER SUBMISSION: Students are invited to submit papers or works-in-progress to by March 1, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Submissions received after the deadline will not be considered. Students may submit as yet unpublished journal notes, papers written for prior or current classes, or other works. Papers should include a 250-300 word abstract, and the student’s name and email address. Students whose papers are selected for presentation at the Symposium will be notified by March 15, 2017. Students will be able to re-submit a further draft by March 29, 2017 at 11:59 p.m. Papers should generally not exceed 30 double-spaced pages. Students are invited to present either final drafts or works-in-progress.

Please direct any questions to the symposium organizers at


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