Call for Papers: 17th Annual International Law and Human Rights Emerging Scholarship Conference
February 20, 2020

Deadline for Submissions of Draft Papers: Wednesday, March 25, 2020

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 17th Annual International Law and Human Rights Emerging Scholarship Conference, to be held at NYU School of Law on April 23-24, 2020.

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 range 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’s 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 25. You will be notified of the selection committee’s decision by Friday, April 3. If your submission is accepted for the conference, your final version must be submitted by Wednesday, April 15. 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 Lauren Stackpoole at

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



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