About the Award
The Human Rights Essay Award is an annual competition sponsored by the Academy that 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 essay must be a legal article. 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 full scholarship to the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance options.
The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law is proud to request the submission of papers for the Human Rights Essay Award.
Recipients will be chosen according to the following regulations
Candidates for the Award must hold a law degree and have a demonstrated experience or interest in international human rights law.
To apply for the Human Rights Essay Award, candidates must choose a subject pertaining to the topic chosen by the Academy for the year. Participants will have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the substantive law relevant to the field. International human rights law can be understood to include international humanitarian law and international criminal law. The paper must be within the scope of the topic or it will be disqualified.
A Candidate for the Award must submit an unpublished legal article/paper in English or Spanish written solely by that candidate.
Only one submission will be accepted per applicant in either language. The papers must not exceed 35 pages in length, including footnotes. The acceptable format to cite sources is in single-spaced footnotes. Authors should not put their name or any identifying information in their essays. Essays will only be accepted in Word Format
In addition, each participant must also include a curriculum vitae of no more than three pages in length explaining the experience or interest of the author in human rights issues. Please submit the CV as a separate file from your paper.
Any appended materials other than a CV will not be accepted. Essays must be submitted using the online submission form. No emailed entries will be accepted.
The Academy will confirm via e-mail the receipt of all articles submitted. If you do not receive a confirmation within 48 business hours of sending a submission, please contact us to ensure that we received it. Articles must be received by the Academy by February 1, 2018 at 11:59 PM EST.
The Honor Jury decision will be announced on April 2nd, 2018 through the Academy’s web site. The winners will also be notified immediately in order to make the necessary arrangements to travel to Washington D.C. The decision of the Honor Jury will be final and will admit no recourse. 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 cover tuition for the Program of Advanced Studies in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law for either the Diploma or Certificate of Attendance options
Travel expenses to attend the program in Washington D.C.
Living expenses for the three-week program. For more details view their website.