Emerging Scholars Conference

Since 2003, the conference has become a cornerstone of the NYU human rights experience, fostering a culture of appreciation for high-quality, engaged scholarship among the law school’s human rights community. Students present original papers and receive expert feedback in a constructive, collaborative setting.

The Conference is an opportunity for all NYU School of Law students to submit and present papers on international law and human rights issues and gain valuable feedback on their work.

  • Submissions will be reviewed and select papers are accepted into the conference’s program.
  • Accepted papers are shared with an interdisciplinary group of scholars and practitioners for feedback.
  • Presenters and commentators will engage in discussions around the paper at the event.
  • An outstanding paper receives the Global Justice Emerging Scholar Essay Award which entails an award certificate and a commitment from the organizing team to support the publication of their paper.

Papers presented at this conference have gone on to be published in quality journals, including the Canadian Yearbook of International Law, the Journal of International Criminal Justice, and the NYU Journal of International Law and Politics.

The Center hosts the Emerging Scholars Conference each Spring in partnership with the Institute for International Law and Justice.

All currently enrolled full-time students at NYU Law are eligible to submit a paper.

Students associated with the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice as Human Rights Scholar or Fellows through the International Law and Human Rights Fellowship (2023 or 2024) are highly encouraged to submit a paper for presentation.

The submission cycle for 2024 conference is now closed. Recruitment for the following conference takes place in February of each Spring semester.

The following documents will be required to be submitted via an application form:

  • Short bio
  • Abstract
  • Final Paper Draft