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The Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal (HBLJ) is excited to announce the 2021-2022 Call for Submissions for our 38th volume.

The theme of this year’s volume will be “Afro-Latin America and the Law: Pan American Connections.”

We encourage the submission of papers that deal with the following topics:

  • Comparative experiences of Blackness and the law in Latin America and the United States
  • Immigrations and Afro-Latin American populations
  • Comparative legal histories: how did the US and Latin America influenced each other on topics related to race, Blackness, and the law?
  • Constitutional Change and State Recognition of people of African descent in Latin America
  • Afro-Latin American governance: presence and exclusion in the state’s institutions
  • Anti-Discrimination Law and Afro-Latin Americans
  • Afro-Latin Americans, courts, carceral system, and police reform
  • The legal construction of race/Blackness in Latin America
  • Legal history and people of African descent in Latin America
  • Afro-Latin Americans’ legal activism
  • Any other topic that touches on Afro-Latin Americans and the law from a perspective that develops connections between different countries in the Americas

Submissions should be no more than 30 pages. We will be accepting electronic submissions only. The deadline to send us your paper is January 15, 2022. Please email submissions to

Citation system: we strongly encourage the use of the Bluebook citation system.