Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review

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Harvard Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Review  
DisciplineLaw review
Edited byMo Light, Armani Madison, Carrie Milosevich, Alexandra Wolfson[1]
Publication details
1.185 (2016)
Standard abbreviations
BluebookHarv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev.
ISO 4Harv. Civ. Rights-Civ. Liberties Law Rev.
ISSN0017-8039 (print)
2153-2389 (web)
OCLC no.06031621

The Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review is a student-run law review published by Harvard Law School.[2] The journal is published two times per year and contains articles, essays, and book reviews concerning civil rights and liberties.[3] It is the leading progressive law journal in the United States.[4] In 2009 its online companion Amicus was launched, which features standard length journal articles coupled with online responses.[5]


The journal was established in Spring 1966 in the wake of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965. In their first issue the editors of the new publication wrote that the review "is an emblem and achievement of the collaboration" between the Harvard Civil Liberties Research Service, the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council, and the Harvard Civil Rights Committee, three newly formed organizations that had recently noticed the dearth of legal material on civil rights:

Still, there is today hardly a journal which regularly and completely dedicates its pages to the civil rights revolution and the modern manifestations of the relation between citizen and state. Nor is there any review steadily providing Southern lawyers with library ammunition. Nor does any publication capitalize on the burgeoning interest in rights and liberties among this new generation of law students. Nor does any review endeavor to link together the students and faculties of the various law schools in such a cooperative enterprise.

These are among our aims.

But most important. Ours is to be a review of revolutionary law. Such an ideal is as new as United Nation Declarations on Human Rights and as old as the "Grand Tradition" of Common Law fashioning causes of action to rights and wrongs.[6]

In its 35th anniversary issue, legal academic Morton Horowitz wrote that the journal "seeks to catalyze progressive thought and dialogue through publishing innovative legal scholarship from various perspectives and in diverse fields of study."[7]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable articles[edit]

  • Brest, Paul A. (1966). "The Federal Government's Power to Protect Negroes and Civil Rights Workers Against Privately Inflicted Harm". Harv. Civ. Rights-Civ. Liberties Law Rev. 1.
  • Nader, Ralph (1970). "Freedom from Information: The Act and the Agencies". Harv. Civ. Rights-Civ. Liberties Law Rev. 5: 53.
  • MacKinnon, Catherine (1985). "Pornography, Civil Rights and Speech". Harv. Civ. Rights-Civ. Liberties Law Rev. 20: 1.


  1. ^ http://harvardcrcl.org/editorial-board/
  2. ^ "Journals and Publications". Retrieved 2010-02-23.
  3. ^ "Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review Home page". Retrieved 2010-02-23.
  4. ^ http://www.nationaljurist.com/prelaw/best-law-reviews-stanford-tops-list
  5. ^ "Amicus » Online Supplement to Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review". Retrieved 2010-02-23.
  6. ^ "Preface". Harv. Civ. Rights-Civ. Liberties Law Rev. 1: iii. 1966.
  7. ^ Horowitz, Morton (2002). "A Brief History of the Harvard Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review". Harv. Civ. Rights-Civ. Liberties Law Rev. 37: 259.
  8. ^ "President Obama Nominates Judge Joseph A. Greenaway, Jr. for the Third Circuit, and Judge Beverly B. Martin for United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit | The White House". Archived from the original on 2010-03-05. Retrieved 2010-02-23.

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