Harvard Human Rights Journal
From Copyright Experiences
- I published with the Harvard Human Rights Journal in Volume 17, April 2004. The article was on the protection of humanitarian relief workers and their organizations in war zones, and thus is a topic not really very relevant to many law professors; its natural audience is actually a worldwide audience of humanitarian relief organizations, human rights workers, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the UN and UN workers, and journalists.
- For that reason, it was essential that I be able to put it on SSRN and many other list servs and other places. I explained this to the editors in advance, but did not insist of renegotiating the contract to retain copyright in my own name. They checked with what seemed to be the Harvard Law School publications office and agreed that I could post to SSRN and other places electronically provided that a proper citation was provided. I wrote this as a rider into their standard contract when I returned it.
- The student editors were very understanding, and understood that it was in their interest to see the article widely circulated in the relevant community, but it did seem that the legal questions of the contract were not really in their hands, although it was all fine in the end. I had made clear from the outset that I would not publish with them unless I had express authorization to post to list servs, SSRN, and other places.