Center for Human Rights


The Center for Human Rights provides research and educational opportunities for the integration of biblical principles and international human rights laws. The Center provides a forum for students and faculty to explore the nature of God and man, as well as the rights, duties and obligations that flow from that relationship. The Center supports the Human Rights courses taught at Trinity Law School, sponsors an annual Writing Competition, funds Research Fellowships, and organizes and promotes international and domestic Human Rights programs.

Summer Human Rights Program in Strasbourg, France

A special benefit of study at Trinity Law School is the opportunity to participate in the Summer Human Rights Program in Strasbourg, France.  This program is an advanced course in international and comparative human rights law that is taught by leading academics and practitioners from around the world.  This program provides students with the opportunity to examine contemporary human rights issues from a Christian perspective.  In an effort to provide students with a comprehensive human rights education, class time usually includes courses taught at the International Institute of Human Rights.   Program participants spend the month of July studying current human rights issues and law students may earn 6 units of credit upon completion of the course.  Trinity Law School is currently developing other international programs.

The Center for Human Rights at Trinity Law School 2nd Annual Human Rights Writing Competition


The topic for this year’s writing competition is:

The Evolving Tension between Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Religion, and Hate Speech and Blasphemy Laws

There is growing tension, both domestically and internationally, between freedom of expression, freedom of religion, and the judicial or legislative restrictions on those freedoms. Many state and national constitutions provide for the protection of speech and religion, as do many international treaties. However, the scope of these freedoms has been the subject of increasing debate and limitation, with such limitations often being couched in terms of “hate speech” and “blasphemy” laws.

Scholars are invited to address this growing tension in a manner that best expresses the depth and scope of this continually evolving issue.


Scholarly papers may only be submitted by:

  • Students currently enrolled in a JD, LLM, or SJD program; and
  • Faculty / administrators of accredited law schools that offer a JD, LLM, or SJD degree.

Article Format

Submissions must be original, unpublished academic works by one author. Authors may only submit one paper. Multiple submissions will result in disqualification.

All papers must be submitted electronically to All submissions should be in English and in Microsoft Word format. The text should be double-spaced in 12-point font with 1-inch margins. The length should be approximately 25-50 pages, including footnotes. Footnotes may appear in single-spaced 10-point font. All citations must conform to The Bluebook: A Uniform System of Citation.

All papers must be accompanied by a single cover page that includes:

  • The title of the paper;
  • The author’s name, address, telephone number & email address;
  • For student authors: the name of the author’s law school, degree program, i.e. JD, LLM, etc.) and anticipated date of graduation;
  • For faculty / administrator authors: the name of the law school at which the author is employed and the position(s) the author holds at that institution.

Submitted papers will not be returned.

Failure to comply with the requirements of the Article Format will result in disqualification.

Judgment Criteria for Award

Papers will be judged on originality, quality of writing and scholarship, depth of research and analysis, and readiness for publication.


A First, Second, and Third place will be chosen from the eligible submissions. The prizes will be awarded as follows:

First Place: $3,000
Second Place: $1,000
Third Place: $500

All prizes will be paid in U.S. dollars. All three winners will also receive expedited consideration for publication in the 2013 / 2014 Trinity Law Review (however, “expedited consideration” should not be understood as a guarantee of publication).

Submission Deadline

Submissions are due on or before March 25, 2013. No papers will be accepted after that date.

Winners will be announced by April 30, 2013, via email.

Please submit all papers, questions, or inquiries to