Beenish Riaz Wins the 2020 Global Justice Emerging Scholar Essay Prize
June 9, 2020

The Center for Human Rights and Global Justice (CHRGJ) is delighted to name Beenish Riaz as the winner of this year’s Global Justice Emerging Scholar Essay Prize. Beenish receives this award for outstanding research and scholarship on her paper submitted to the Center’s Seventeenth Annual International Law and Human Rights Emerging Scholarship Conference, held virtually April 23-24, 2020 at New York University School of Law.

Beenish Riaz’s paper, “Immigration and the Access to Justice Crisis: Community Paralegals in the United States”, calls for legal empowerment and, in particular, the expansion of community paralegal programs, to guide and assist immigrants in the United States to know, use and shape the law to demand access to justice, realize rights and seek relief. This paper fills a gap in legal empowerment literature that has, thus far, failed to document how community paralegal programs can benefit noncitizens in developed countries. Beenish is a recently graduated JD student who will soon put her commitment to legal empowerment into practice as she embarks upon an Arthur Helton Fellowship to promote women’s empowerment in Pakistan. CHRGJ wishes Beenish all the best in this endeavor!

CHRGJ commends Beenish for her rigorous scholarship. The award, inaugurated by CHRGJ in 2013, is based on quality of writing, clarity of argument, originality and creativity of topic, depth of research conducted, and engagement with human rights scholarship and/or jurisprudence.

CHRGJ congratulates all of the JD and LLM student scholars who participated in this year’s conference. Their excellent papers and presentations generated a dynamic and constructive discussion and drew commendation from faculty members and external commentators alike. The Center looks forward to the 2021 Emerging Human Rights Scholarship Conference and encourages all NYU Law students to submit their work for consideration.

About the Conference

The International Law and Human Rights Emerging Scholarship Conference is co-hosted by CHRGJ and the Institute for International Law and Justice (IILJ). For sixteen years, the conference has provided a unique opportunity for NYU School of Law JD, LLM, and JSD students to receive substantive feedback on their human rights scholarship from NYU Law faculty, visiting scholars, and external experts in the field.

CHRGJ thanks all students and commentators who participated to make this year’s event such a success.


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