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An Iranian cleric and woman walk past an anti-US mural during an anti-US and Israeli protest outside the former US embassy in Tehran on 16 May 2018.
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In our featured essay, Narges Bajoghli introduces a dossier on Iran and the impact of sanctions on all facets of life.

Introduction: Studying the Impacts of Economic Sanctions in Iran: Everyday Life, Power, and Foreign Policy

The most-sanctioned country in the world, Iran has been under continuous Western (predominantly US) sanctions for four decades. Sanctions are a historical process in Iran—indeed, throughout the Middle East and increasingly in other regions of the world. It is now nearly impossible to analyze contemporary societies in Iran, the wider Middle East, certain parts of Africa and Latin America, and increasingly Russia and China, without considering the multilayered impacts of economic sanctions. While the United States, wary of traditional warfare after its experiences in the Read More »


Reflections on The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

In the remarks that follow I want to focus on a few of the ways language is used to describe the violence unleashed by Israel on the Palestinians. We are all no doubt aware that language is related in complex ways to action – not only in describing and misdescribing reality but also in experiencing words and motivating action. I begin with a striking passage from an article by Brian Klug on the most recent Gaza massacre: “Sometimes it is better,” he writes, “to be Read More »

2023 Early Career Scholar Prize Announcement

Humanity is pleased to announce a prize for the best essay published in the journal in a calendar year. The prize is open to graduate students or those without tenure track jobs at the time of submission. It’s our pleasure to announce the winner of the 2023 Early Career Essay Prize for Humanity journal: Howie Rechavia-Taylor. Howie Rechavia-Taylor, “German Colonialism In The Courtroom — Law, Reparation, And The Grammars of the Shoah,” Humanity 14, no. 2 (Summer 2023): 212-229. Abstract: In the quest to address the Read More »

Call for Papers, Fall 2024 Issue

Humanity Journal is inviting submissions that address the unfolding catastrophe we are witnessing in Gaza. Submissions can take different forms: 2000-3000 word essays, longer articles, poetry or experimental genres which speak to our devastating present. Shorter pieces will be featured on our blog on a rolling basis, and longer articles will go through an expedited review process to appear in our Fall 2024 issue. We are accepting longer submissions until 31 May — longer submissions must adhere to our Style Guide or face either significant Read More »


Humanity is pleased to announce a prize for the best essay published in the journal in a calendar year. The prize is open to graduate students or those without tenure track jobs at the time of submission. It’s our pleasure to announce two winners of the 2022 Early Career Essay Prize for Humanity journal: Safiyah Rochelle and Emma Kluge. Safiyah Rochelle, “This Is What It Looks Like: Searching for Law’s Afterlife in Guantánamo” Humanity 13, no. 3 (Winter 2022): 381-401. Taking up a series of drawings Read More »

International Law: A Novel, by G. (reviewed by a protagonist)

This essay is part of a symposium on Gerry Simpson’s The Sentimental Life of International Law. All contributions to the symposium can be found here.   [I]rony [is employed] as a defense, . . . especially against the expression of intense affect . . . – M.H. Stein (1985) G.’s aspiration in his splendid new book[1] appears to be to rewrite international law as a vast novel, much as (another) G. sought to rewrite world history as a vast novel two centuries ago, in his Read More »

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