Call For Papers: AALS International Human Rights Section

The AALS Section on International Human Rights is pleased to announce that it will sponsor a call for papers for its program during the 2015 AALS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. The program will be called Global Perspectives on Human Rights. It will take place during the Annual Meeting, which is scheduled for January 2-5, 2015. We anticipate selecting three or four new voices from this call for papers to present their work during our Section’s program.

The Section’s 2015 program will focus on Global Perspectives on Human Rights. This topic will explore how human rights discourses, practices and institutions have taken root (or not) in various terrains. While we are not categorically excluding papers that discuss human rights in the United States, we are interested in how human rights are experienced in other parts of the world, particularly areas that have not traditionally been a focus of international human rights research by scholars in the United States.

The deadline to submit a paper is September 15, 2014. Please email submissions in Word or PDF format to Stuart Ford ( and Jonathan Todres ( In selecting proposals, priority will be given to new voices in international human rights (i.e., individuals who have not previously presented a paper at AALS on the topic of international human rights). Presentations at various stages of completion will be considered. Decisions will be made in late September.

Papers may have already been accepted for publication but must not have been published prior to the Annual Meeting. The section has no plans to publish the selected papers, and individual presenters should continue to seek their own publishers.

Per AALS rules, this call for papers is only open to full-time faculty at an AALS member school. Presenters will be expected to cover their own costs in attending the AALS annual meeting.

For any questions or inquiries please contact Stuart Ford at

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