Founded in 2015, Howard Human & Civil Rights Law Review (HCR) is a student-managed, faculty-supervised law review published by the Howard University School of Law.  HCR focuses on issues related to human rights, civil rights, and international law.

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Recent Submissions

September 23, 2019

The Harvard Prison Divestment Campaign wrote to express its support for the upcoming hearing on this important issue on September 24, 2019 from 10:15 am -11:15 am in the Ruben Dario Room at the GSB Building of the Organization of American Statesor on reparations for descendants of enslaved Africans in the United States.

Dr. Paulo Abrão
Executive Secretary
Inter-American Commission on Human Rights 1889 F Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006

Re: Reparations for slav...

September 23, 2019

The Thurgood Marshall Civil Rights Center at Howard University School of Law, along with co-sponsoring organizations, submitted a request on July 11, 2019 for a thematic hearing before the Inter-AmericanCommission on Human Rights (“IACHR”) for the upcoming 173rd Period of Session to discuss reparations for historic and ongoing human rights violations against Afro-descendants in the United States.

July 11, 2019

Paulo Abrão
Executive Secretary
Inter-American Commis...

November 8, 2017

          Imagine after decades and decades of struggle, finally having access to important and necessary medical procedures. Imagine being able to breathe a bit easier knowing that employers cannot fire people for simply being who they are and living their truth. And then imagine everything collapses. Imagine hearing a news report and frantically scurrying to get everything in order before it is too late. Imagine running through a checklist before January 21, 2017:...

October 10, 2017


          Sex trafficking, like human trafficking in general, is a heinous crime that is widely prevalent in America and most of the world. According to estimations by the United Nations, 2.4 million people around the world are being trafficked at any given time, and 80% of them for purposes of sexual exploitation.[1] The scary part about this estimation is that it probably underestimates the magnitude of the sex trafficking problem g...

September 9, 2017


            Whether to compensate college-athletes is a tricky topic and has been a long-standing debate that draws many differing opinions and viewpoints. Some argue that a free education is more than enough compensation for college-athletes because college is an invaluable experience and attaining a college degree is an accomplishment that many gifted and hardworking Americans struggle to even afford. Moreover, compensating college-athletes may send th...

April 9, 2017

          On March 16, 2017, Aramis Ayala, the first elected state attorney for the state of Florida, announced she would not seek the death penalty against criminal defendants in her jurisdiction, stating: "While I currently do have discretion to pursue death sentences, I have determined that doing so is not in the best interests of this community or in the best interests of justice". [2] To Ayala, life imprisonment without t...

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