The Annual Columbia Law School Human Rights Student Paper Symposium aims to foster the development of student scholarship and stimulate debate on human rights challenges and opportunities. We welcome submissions that critically engage with and advance knowledge and debate about any human rights issue, whether related to the law, policy, advocacy, theory, methods, and/or practice of human rights.

The Symposium is co-organized and presented by the Columbia Law School Human Rights Institute and Human Rights Clinic, the Columbia Human Rights Law Review, Rightslink, and the Columbia Journal of Transnational Law. The student authors of papers selected for the Symposium are invited to present their work to a panel of faculty, practitioners, and students for feedback and commentary. Feedback is designed to assist students to further develop their paper for publication. Following student presentations, the floor opens to the audience for continued collaborative discussion.

Upcoming Symposium

The Seventh Annual Columbia Law School Human Rights Student Paper Symposium will be held in Spring 2023. Columbia Law School J.D., L.L.M., and J.S.D. students and visiting scholars will be invited to submit papers or works-in-progress. Students may submit as-yet-unpublished journal notes, papers written for prior or current classes, or other works. Papers should include a 250- too 300-word abstract, and the student’s name and email address, and should generally not exceed 45 double-spaced pages.

Details of Past Symposia