Call for Papers: International Law and Human Rights Emerging Scholarship Conference
January 30, 2019

Conference Dates: April 8-9, 2019
Deadline for Submissions of Draft Papers: Wednesday, March 6, 2019

The Institute for International Law and Justice and the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice are pleased to announce that submissions are now being accepted for the 16th Annual International Law and Human Rights Emerging Scholarship Conference, to be held at NYU School of Law on April 8-9, 2019.

The conference, open to current NYU School of Law JD, LLM, and JSD students, provides an opportunity for the presentation of papers and works-in-progress, discussion, and debate on a broad set of human rights and other international law issues. The purpose of the conference is to encourage the development of scholarship in a constructive and collaborative environment.

Students are welcome to submit papers on any issue of human rights, international, or transnational law. We particularly encourage submissions on contemporary topics that respond to current gaps in research and literature. Below is an illustrative non-exhaustive list of potential themes that papers could explore:

Students whose papers or works-in-progress are selected will be expected to briefly present their work at the conference and will receive comments from an interdisciplinary group of faculty members and practitioners, who will lead discussion and debate following presentations.

One student will be awarded the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice Emerging Scholar Essay Prize for the best paper on human rights. Outstanding papers on any issue of international law may also be considered for inclusion in the IILJ Emerging Scholars Working Papers (

Draft papers or works-in-progress should be submitted by Wednesday March 6. You will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by Friday, March 15. If your submission is accepted for the conference, your final version must be submitted by Monday, April 1. Final submissions are encouraged to be between 20 and 30 double-spaced pages (including citations), but we will consider other lengths.

Please e-mail questions and submissions to Angelina Fisher at

Read more about the International Law and Human Rights Emerging Scholarship Conference here.


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