About the Brief

The Human Rights Brief (HRB) is an electronic publication at American University Washington College of Law (WCL). The HRB, WCL’s oldest Brief, was founded in 1994 in partnership with the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law. Today, the HRB maintains global readership, and it is supervised by an eight-person Faculty Advisory Board. Student staff members participate in creating and editing content in a variety of mediums, and they learn valuable skills through workshops, events, and mentorship opportunities. The HRB's website is www.hrbrief.org.

HRB Mission Statement:

The HRB, through our publication, our podcast, and our symposia, creates human rights-focused content for advocates while supporting the professional development of student staff members.

HRB Vision Statement:

  • To produce critical legal analysis that is timely, thoughtful, relevant, and accessible;
  • To support civil and legal engagement with human rights issues;
  • To cultivate compassionate and creative lawyers;
  • To foster diversity of thought, perspectives, and experiences.