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April 24, 2006

Contact: Sarah Cline, Rapoport Center, (512) 232-4857.

Student Writing Competition on the Human Rights of Women

Sponsored by the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice


AUSTIN, Texas — The Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center for Human Rights and Justice at The University of Texas School of Law is pleased to announce the second annual Audre Rapoport Prize for Scholarship on the Human Rights of Women. The $1,000 prize will be awarded to the winner of an interdisciplinary writing competition on international human rights and women. In addition, the winning author will have the opportunity to publish the paper in the Texas International Law Journal.

The prize honors the work of Audre Rapoport, who has spent many hours dedicated to the advancement of women in the United States and internationally, particularly on issues of reproductive health. It is also meant to further the Bernard and Audre Rapoport Center's mission to build a multidisciplinary community engaged in the study and practice of human rights that promotes the economic and political enfranchisement of marginalized individuals and groups both locally and globally.

The scope of the topic is broad. We welcome papers, from any discipline, that address the human rights of women 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.

Last year’s winning paper was entitled "Unofficial Accountability: A Proposal for the Permanent Women's Tribunal on Sexual Violence in Armed Conflict." Its author, Fleming Terrell, proposes the creation of a permanent non-state-based “people’s tribunal” to address issues of sexual violence against women during armed conflict. For more information on the competition, see

Papers should be between 8,000 and 15,000 words and must be in English. The submission must consist of original work, and submitting authors must have rights to the content. To be eligible for the competition, the author must either be an enrolled student or have graduated from a university within the past year.

All submissions must be accompanied by an abstract of 100 to 250 words and must be submitted in .rtf or .doc format (no .zip files will be accepted). Bluebook citation format will be required if the winning author requests submission to the Texas International Law Journal. Submissions should indicate availability for publication.

The completed manuscript, abstract, and author contact details should be submitted by e-mail to by June 1, 2006. The winner will be notified by the end of the summer.

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