The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is happy to announce the 2016 Human Rights Essay Award topic: Extractive Industries and Human Rights.

Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to the substantive law relevant to the field. International human rights law can be understood to include international humanitarian law and international criminal law. This annual competition seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. Participants must have obtained their law degree by the February 1st deadline to be eligible. The Academy will grant two Awards, one for the best article in English and one for the best article in Spanish.

The lucky winners of this year’s Award will win a full scholarship to attend the Academy’s 2016 Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights, the first summer Program at American University Washington College of Law’s new Tenley Campus! The Award also covers travel expenses to Washington D.C., housing at the university dorms, a per diem for living expenses and the chance to be published in the American University International Law Review.

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