Columbia Human Rights Law Review: Call for Submissions for Special Issue on Sex Workers' Rights, Advocacy & Organizing

Posted by Columbia Human Rights Law Review Submissions, community karma 39
The Columbia Human Rights Law Review calls for submissions to be published
in the Special Issue of the Review, 52.3, in Spring 2021, on sex workers’
rights, advocacy, and organizing.

For the Special Issue, in addition to traditional law review style pieces, HRLR also will accept shorter articles, cross-disciplinary works, pieces by organizers about the impacts of laws or legal frameworks on sex workers, or anything else that adds to legal scholarship.
Submissions may be in the form of a finished paper or a comprehensive proposal.
Submissions are welcome from practitioners, law professors, recent graduates, and
interested scholars in other disciplines.

Authors of color; LGBTQI+ authors; disabled authors; authors from low-income backgrounds; and all authors from communities that are traditionally underrepresented in human rights legal scholarship are especially encouraged to submit pieces.

We are particularly interested in the following types of submissions:
  • Submissions from authors who are or were sex workers, or have direct experience working with sex workers, either as counsel or in other capacities;
  • Submissions from scholars, practitioners, and others with knowledge of the human rights and civil rights fields;
  • Submissions from authors based inside and outside of the United States that address legal topics related to sex work from a labor rights lens; from a public health lens; from an LGBTQI+ or racial justice lens; from a criminalization and policing lens; from a digital privacy lens; and/or from a comparative law lens.

Submissions details are as follows:
  • Submit only one, double spaced copy of your manuscript. We greatly prefer if submissions appear in Microsoft Word format.
  • Submissions via Expresso, Scholastica, or email are acceptable. If you seek to submit via email, please send a copy of your manuscript and CV to
  • While pieces can be of any length, submitted articles should typically range from 10,000 to 30,000 words and be double-spaced in a 12-point font with 1′′ margins.
  • Text and citations should conform to A Uniform System of Citation (20th ed. 2015) (“The Bluebook”). Footnotes are strongly preferred over endnotes.
  • We encourage the use of gender-neutral language.
  • Submissions should include author resume and contact information (address, phone number, and email address). 
  • Manuscripts can be submitted via Scholastica or ExpressO. Alternatively, authors can submit to
  • If you have an expedited deadline, please let us know as soon as possible via email or Scholastica notification. We will do our best to honor all expedite requests and to provide a prompt publication decision.
HRLR recognizes that current or former sex workers who submit pieces may have
concerns about anonymity. If this pertains to you, please include that information
with your submission so that HRLR may work with you on how to best attribute
your scholarship.

For this edition, honorarium funds may be available to support the
publication of pieces by workers, advocates, practitioners, or other scholars who
are not financially supported for academic work through an institution. For
information on honorariums or for any other questions about submissions to the
special issue, please email

Submissions are accepted on a rolling basis.