Audre Rapoport

Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights

Deadline: July 15, 2022

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 $1,250 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.

PRIZE: The winning paper will receive a $1,250 prize and will be published in the Center's Working Paper Series. A second-place prize might also be awarded, with the paper considered for publication in the Working Paper Series.

ELIGIBILITY: The prize is open to students currently enrolled in graduate or professional programs as well as to those who have graduated from such programs in or after May 2020. Papers must consist of original work, primarily undertaken as a student, that has not been published or undergone professional editing at the time of submission. Authors must have rights to the content and be willing to publish the paper in the Rapoport Center’s Working Paper Series shortly after the winner has been announced. If papers are later published in a journal or other edited collection, they may be replaced in the Working Paper Series with a citation to that publication.

JUDGMENT CRITERIA: An interdisciplinary and international panel of scholars will judge the papers anonymously. Relevant judgment factors include the strength and logic of the thesis, depth of the analysis, originality and importance of intervention, thoroughness and soundness of the research, and quality of writing (clarity and organization). Previous panel members have included:

Helena Alviar García, Professor, Sciences Po Law School; Former Dean, Faculty of Law, Universidad de los Andes; and Co-founder of Dejusticia

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

Sharmila Rudrappa, Professor of Sociology & Director of the South Asia Institute, University of Texas at Austin

FORMAT: Papers must be between 8,000 and 15,000 words, including notes and appendices, and written in English. Text should be double-spaced, with 12-point font and 1-inch margins. Citational style should be disciplinarily appropriate. Via email, please submit, in three separate documents, the paper (without any identifying information), abstract (100 to 250 words), and full contact details (including university, degree, and anticipated/actual graduate date). Include “Audre Rapoport Prize” in the subject line of the email. All submissions must be submitted in .doc or .docx format.

DEADLINE: July 15, 2022, 11:59 p.m. (CT).  Submissions should be sent via email to