Columbia Human Rights Law Review Submissions

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The Columbia Human Rights Law Review calls for submissions to be published in the Special Issue of the Review, 52.3, in Spring 2021, on sex workers’ rights,  advocacy,  and  organizing.  For  the  Special  Issue,  in  addition  to traditional law review style pieces, HRLR alsowill accept shorter articles, cross- disciplinary  works,  pieces  by  organizers  about  the  impacts  of laws  or  legal frameworks  on  sex  workers,  or  anything  else  that  adds  to  legal  scholarship. Submissions may be in the form of a finished paper or a comprehensive proposal.

Submissions are welcome from practitioners, law professors, recent graduates, and interested scholars in other disciplines. Authors of color; LGBTQI+ authors; disabled authors; authors from low-income backgrounds; and all authors from communities that are traditionally underrepresented in human rights legal scholarship are especially encouraged to submit pieces. 

HRLR is particularly interested at this time in international or comparative pieces, particularly those with a focus on the Global South.

We are particularly interested in the following types of submissions:

·       Submissions from authors who are or were sex workers, or have direct experience working withsex workers, either as counsel or in other capacities;

·       Submissions from scholars, practitioners, and others with knowledge of the human rights and civil rights fields;

·       Submissions from authors based inside and outside of the United States that address legal topics related to sex work from a labor rights lens; from a public health lens; from an LGBTQI+ or racial justice lens; from a criminalization and policing lens; from a digital privacy lens; and/or from a comparative law lens.


Submissions details are as follows:

·       Submit only one, double spaced copy of your manuscript. We greatly prefer if submissions appear in Microsoft Word format.

·       Submissions via Expresso, Scholastica, or email are acceptable. If you seek to submit via email, please send a copy of your manuscript and CV to

·       While pieces can be of any length, submitted articles should typically range from 10,000 to 30,000 words and be double-spaced in a 12-point font with 1″ margins.

·       Text and citations should conform to A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed.

2015) (“The Bluebook”). Footnotes are strongly preferred over endnotes.

·       We encourage the use of gender-neutral language.

·       Submissions should include author resume and contact information (address, phone number,and email address). Manuscripts can be submitted via Scholastica or ExpressO. Alternatively, authors can submit to

·       If you have an expedited deadline, please let us know as soon as possible via email or Scholastica notification. We will do our best to honor all expedite requests and to provide a prompt publication decision.


HRLR recognizes that current or former sex workers who submit pieces may have concerns about anonymity. If this pertains to you, please include that information with your submission so that HRLR may work with you on how to best attribute your scholarship.


For this edition, limited honorarium funds are available to support the publication of pieces by workers, advocates, practitioners, or other scholars who are not financially supported for academic work through an institution. For information on honorariums or for any other questions about submissions to the special issue, please email


Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis through October 4th, 2020.


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