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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The HCR Blog

The HCR Blog is the online companion to the print journal. It hosts scholarly discussion of our print content and timely reactions to recent developments. The HCR Blog accepts unsolicited manuscripts for consideration.


The HCR Blog publishes four types of content:

  1. Responses are scholarly comments responding to our print Articles, Essays, and Book Reviews. The HCR Blog may feature multiple Responses to a given print piece. 

  2. Commentaries are timely reactions to recent legal developments. These pieces employ a more informal style and use citations more sparingly. When possible, we arrange multiple Commentaries on a single subject in order to enable scholarly dialogue. 

  3. Essays are longer explorations of recent legal developments, usually standing alone rather than in dialogue with others. 

  4. Book Reviews are shorter reviews of recent books than would appear in the print volume.


All works appearing in The HCR Blog are published on our website and are made available in the Lexis and Westlaw databases. The HCR Blog is formatted and paginated in the same manner as our printed volume.


How to Submit to The HCR Blog

Contributors may submit to The HCR Blog through our electronic submission system, preferably in Microsoft Word format. Please be sure to note that you would like your submission to be published online, rather than in print. 

Responses and Commentaries should be approximately 2,000 words long and should be lightly footnoted in comparison to traditional Articles. Essays and Book Reviews should be no longer than 10,000 words. Please submit an editable word processing document (.doc, .docx, .rtf, .otf, etc.) and NOT a PDF document. All HCR Blog content is subject to the same editorial standards as the material that appears in our print volume.

If you have any questions about the Forum’s content or submissions process, please email hcrlawreview@gmail.com.