Submit your work to the 2022 Human Rights Essay Award (HREA).

The Human Rights Essay Award, sponsored by the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at American University Washington College of Law, seeks to stimulate the production of scholarly work in international human rights law. The topic of the 2022 Award is “Climate Change and Human Rights: Impacts, Responsibilities, and Opportunities.”

Participants have the flexibility to choose any subject related to this topic, however, the scope of the essay must directly relate to this year’s topic, or it will be disqualified. In addition, we would like to note we believe that international human rights law can be understood to include international humanitarian law and international criminal law. We will award two winners—one for submissions in English and one for submissions in Spanish—with a full scholarship (including lodging and transportation to and from Washington, D.C.) to complete the Certificate of Attendance or Diploma in the 2022 Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law which will take place from May 30 to June 17, 2022.

The deadline to enter your submission to the Human Rights Essay Award is January 3, 2022. Please note that this competition is open to lawyers around the world. However, ONLY participants with a law degree are eligible to enter the competition. We look forward to receiving your submission! 


Deadline: January 31, 2022 

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This announcement is from the Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, American University Washington College of Law, an ESIL Institutional Member