Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on Gender and Human Rights

Each year, the Rapoport Center 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. It honors the work of Audre Rapoport (1923-2016), who advocated for women in the United States and internationally, particularly on issues of reproductive health.

For more information, including submission details, please click here.

Previous winners can be viewed below.


Redeeming Rape: Berlin 1945 and the Making of Modern International Criminal Law

Since the end of the Cold War, feminist scholars and activists have succeeded in making rape and other sexual violence crimes a top priority on the international criminal law agenda. This paper argues that the "feminist failure narrative" should be contested on the ground that it contributes to the depoliticization of international criminal law and offers a framework for re-politicizing international rape law.


Translating Rights into Agency: Advocacy, Aid and the Domestic Workers Convention

In June 2011, the International Labor Conference adopted the Domestic Workers Convention (the Convention), the first international labor standard to set out legal obligations that specifically protect and improve the working lives of domestic workers. This paper argues that previous regulatory attempts to protect domestic workers have been inadequate and, although it is an improvement, the Convention is currently also an insufficient legal instrument.


The Path to Gender Justice in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights

This paper examines the lack of gender-relevant cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the unfortunate handling of most of those cases that it did not consider through an analysis of the male-dominated nature of law as well as an analysis of how domestic and international judicial systems respond to women’s concerns.


‘Orphans’ or Veterans? Justice for Children Born of War in East Timor

There is official silence on the number and treatment of the children born of conflict in East Timor, a lack of attention in the transitional justice mechanisms in place in regard to the human rights violations that produced their situation, and no official policies to deal with the needs of these children or their mothers, or the discrimination they may face. The challenge posed by these children and women to the social fabric of Timor reveals important gaps and silences within the international human rights law framework which might nonetheless be addressed by some fairly straightforward policy innovations.