HR Best Book Award

The Human Rights Section’s Best Book Award recognizes an outstanding monograph in the field of human rights published within the past two years. Nominated books will be evaluated for excellence and impact in terms of germaneness, substance, originality, and timeliness.

The Award is accompanied by a one-year paid membership of ISA and Human Rights Section dues (see below).


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  1. Books published during the two-year period prior to the nomination deadline are eligible for nomination. (For example, if a nomination were received in June of 2021, the book must have been published between June 2019 and May 2021.)
  2. Books must be published at the time of nomination; page-proofs of upcoming manuscripts will not be accepted.
  3. Recipients of the award must be members of ISA and of the Human Rights Section at the time the award is presented at the ISA Annual Meeting. If the recipient is not a member of ISA and/or the Human Rights Section at the time the award is offered, the recipient may choose to apply the membership benefit of the award prior to presentation at the annual meeting. Recipients who are already members at the time the award is offered will be able to apply the Membership benefit the following year.
  • A one-year paid membership of ISA and Human Rights Section dues.
  • The committee will select a shortlist of titles and the committee chair will then request to have those books sent directly to the committee members. Please do not send unsolicited manuscripts.
  • Books must be nominated by a member of the ISA Human Rights Section. Self-nominations are welcome.
  • All nominations should be submitted by June 30 through the nomination form, available here,


Congratulations to the 2021 recipient of the HR Best Book Award, David Scott FitzGerald, for the book "Refuge Beyond Reach: How Rich Democracies Repel Asylum Seekers"! See the previous recipients below.

Year Recipient Title
2021 David Scott FitzGerald Refuge Beyond Reach: How Rich Democracies Repel Asylum Seekers
2020 Lindsey N. Kingston Fully Human: Personhood, Citizenship, and Rights
2019 Mala Htun and S. Laurel Weldon The Logics of Gender Justice -State Action on Women's Rights Around the World
2018 Ezequiel Gonzalez-Ocantos Shifting Legal Visions. Oxford University Press, 2016.
2017 Steven L.B. Jensen The Making of International Human Rights: The 1960s, Decolonization, and the Reconstruction of Global Values
2015 Scott Straus Making and Unmaking Nations: War, Leadership and Genocide in Modern Africa

Committee Members

Anuradha Chakravarty| Chair
April 2021-March 2022
(University of South Carolina)
2753 Dunnington Circle
Atlanta, GA 30341

David FitzGerald | Member
April 2021-March 2022
(University of California, San Diego)
4654 Iowa Street
San Diego, CA 92116

Susan Harris Rimmer | Member
April 2021-March 2022
(Griffith University)
9 Calliandra Place
Mount Gravatt East
QLD 4122

Award Chairs, please review dates to ensure deadlines are met.

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