Thank you for your interest in publishing your work in the Human Rights Brief. For over fifteen years the Brief has been committed to bringing together activists, academics, and human rights practitioners from around the world to share their voices and experiences. Today the Brief reaches over 4,000 people in more than 130 countries with the latest news and analysis of international human rights law. Before submitting, please review the following guidelines:

Article Criteria

The Human Rights Brief is brief. Please keep articles to approximately 3,000 words.

Maintain a legal focus. Your thesis statement should focus on a legal or law-related development. Any policy analysis or reports on human rights situations should be described in relation to this legal focus.

Follow Human Rights Brief format. Most of the Brief’s articles include an introduction, background information, legal analysis, and a conclusion. The introduction draws the reader’s attention, sets out your thesis, and provides a roadmap for your article. Concise background information provides the reader with a historical context, including relevant country condition information, a history of pertinent legal developments, and other information that aids in analyzing the issues explored in your article. This section is especially helpful to readers not familiar with your topic. Legal analysis includes the legal and policy implications of the article’s subject matter. The conclusion generally includes recommendations or predictions. We recommend that you break up the different sections of the article using subheadings, which follow the logical structure of your arguments.

Write to the Human Rights Brief’s audience and use accessible language. The Brief’s readership ranges from attorneys general to grassroots human rights organizations in the developing world. The Brief, therefore, does not function as a typical law journal, but instead as an important resource for both legal and non-legal practitioners in the human rights field. Your audience will be familiar with basic human rights issues, but it should not be assumed that they have legal expertise. Since you are writing for a broad audience, avoid using technical language and make the structure of your argument clear.

Please include footnotes. Each author should provide complete citations to every fact, opinion, statement, and quote that is not an original idea. In addition to facilitating fact checking for Articles Editors, footnotes enhance the credibility of the publication and provide a background for further research. The Brief uses Blue Book: A Uniform System of Citation, 19 Edition for citation formatting.

For substantive and structural guidance, please refer to past articles in the Brief, which can be accessed at:

Editing Process

Stage One. After the Brief receives your first draft, we will review the draft and send you a memo, which will include comments, structural recommendations, and requests for clarification.

Stage Two. Once the Brief has received your second draft, we will send you a corrected copy in track changes, which will include style and grammar edits.

Stage Three. Once the Brief receives your third draft, we will make final edits and return it to you. After this stage, the Brief reserve the right to make minor changes for grammar and style that are necessary prior to publication.

Acceptance of a piece for publication is generally contingent upon cooperation with the editorial process.


The Human Rights Brief requires that all authors sign a publication agreement before publication. This agreement allows us to reprint your article and grant permission for use after the publication date.


Please feel free to send any personal or non-copyrighted photographs that would be appropriate to accompany your article.

Please e-mail submissions and any questions that you may have about the above guidelines to

Thank you in advance for your valued contribution to the Human Rights Brief. We look forward to working with you throughout the editing process.