Audre Rapoport

Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights

The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at The University of Texas School of Law awards the Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights to the winner of an interdisciplinary writing competition on international human rights and gender.

The $1,000 prize is made possible by a donation from University of Texas linguistics professor Robert King in honor of the work of Audre Rapoport (1923-2016), who advocated for women in the United States and internationally, particularly on issues of reproductive health.

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TOPIC: The scope of the topic is broad. We welcome papers, from any discipline, that address gender and human rights from an international, transnational, or comparative perspective. The selection committee will be multidisciplinary and international, comprising faculty from areas such as law, anthropology, literature, and government.

ELIGIBILITY: To be eligible, an author must either be an enrolled student or have graduated from a university within the past year. Paper submissions must reflect work undertaken in the course of the author’s study. Students who graduate in May or June of the preceding year (2018) are eligible.

The submission must consist of original work that has neither been published nor accepted for publication at the time of submission. Authors must have rights to the content and be willing to publish the paper in the Center's Working Paper Series shortly after the winner has been announced.

FORMAT: Papers should be between 8,000 and 15,000 words and must be in English. The word limit includes footnotes, endnotes, and appendices.

JUDGMENT CRITERIA: A panel of multidisciplinary and international faculty and professionals from fields such as law, government, anthropology, and literature will judge the papers anonymously. Relevant judgment factors include the strength and logic of the argument, depth of the analysis, originality and importance of intervention in the field, thoroughness and soundness of the research, quality of writing (clarity and organization), and formatting and citations. Previous committee members have included:

Helena Alviar García, Professor and Former Dean, Faculty of Law, Universidad de los Andes

Hilary Charlesworth, Melbourne Laureate Professor, Melbourne Law School, and Distinguished Professor, Australian National University

Cecilia Medina, Professor & Co-Director of the Human Rights Center, Universidad de Chile, and immediate past President, Inter-American Court of Human Rights

Vasuki Nesiah, Associate Professor of Practice, Gallatin School of Individualized Study, New York University

PRIZE: The winner will receive a $1,000 prize. The winning paper will be published in the Center's Working Paper Series. A second-place prize might also be awarded, including consideration for publication in the Working Paper Series.

DEADLINE: Submissions should be sent via email to Please submit paper (without any identifying information), abstract (100-250 words), and full contact details (including university, degree, and anticipated/actual graduation date) in three separate documents, and include "Audre Rapoport Prize" in the subject line. The winner(s) will be notified by October.


August 1, 2020