HR Best Book Award

General Information

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).

Eligibility and Award Criteria

  1. Books published during the two-year period prior to the nomination deadline are eligible for nomination1
  2. 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. 

Nomination Information

  1. Books must be published at the time of nomination; page-proofs of upcoming manuscripts will not be accepted.
  2. Books must be nominated by a member of the ISA Human Rights Section. Self-nominations are welcome. 
  3. All nominations should be submitted by June 15 through the nomination form, available here, 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.

1 For example, if a nomination were received in June of 2016, the book must have been published between June 2014 and May 2016.


Congratulations to the 2019 recipients of the Human Rights Section Best Book Award, Mala Htun and S. Laurel Weldon, for "The Logics of Gender Justice -State Action on Women's Rights Around the World"

We also want to congratulate the following finalists

  1. Finalist: Oliver Kaplan. Resisting War-How Communities Protect Themselves (Cambridge UP, 2017)
  2. Finalist: Margaret Roberts. Censored- Distraction and Diversion Inside China's Great Firewall (Princeton UP, 2018)

For a list of past recipients, please check below.

Past Recipients


Anu Chakravarty| Chair
April 2019-March 2020
University of South Carolina

Lucrecia Iommi Garcia | Member
April 2019-March 2020
Fairfield University

Laurel Weldon | Member
April 2019-March 2020
Simon Fraser University