Call for Papers

***Call for Papers has now closed***

In light of ongoing industrial action in the United Kingdom the call for papers was extended until Monday 12 March 2018.

The 2018 AHRI Conference Call for Papers closed on 12 March 2018. 

As the largest inter-disciplinary and general research conference on human rights, the AHRI 2018 Conference welcomes both individual papers and panels exploring the themes set out below. The 70th anniversary of the UDHR is the leading overall theme, but proposals do not need to be limited to that because the AHRI research conference will be a general platform for discussing new human rights research. The six primary tracks are framed to capture both the tedium and triumph that the human rights system is experiencing 70 years after its inception. Preference will be given to strong proposals falling within one of the following six tracks, under which several panels will be organised:

  1. Revisiting Human Rights Machinery: Mission, Message and Relevance

 The 70th anniversary of the UDHR presents the prime opportunity to not only reflect on the wide ranging developments that have been achieved in its shadow, but also to assess critically how to maintain a progressive and stable human rights protection system. This track invites submissions examining existing human rights international and regional regimes in relation and juxtaposition to the UDHR. It is intended that this track will enable an assessment of various regimes in the contemporary context as well as invite critical discussion of contested spaces in international governance.

  1. Protecting Human Rights for States and Peoples in Modern Conflict or Transition

 Modern conflict and its aftermath have presented a wide range of new challenges to the promotion and protection of human rights. Contemplating the various challenges to human rights precipitated by states and peoples in modern conflict or in transition from conflict or authoritarianism, or indeed in other forms of global political transition. This track seeks to explore the contributory and critical perspectives of human rights in both political and social conflict and transitional settings. Submissions are welcomed on a variety of issues ranging from the decoupling of the political relationships of states (such as with Brexit or in a post-conflict context) and the incidental effects on individuals (such as forced migration, refugees and integration of migrants).

  1. Tensions between Individual and Collective Rights

In light of the various tensions stemming from nationalist and anti-rights movements across the globe, this track invites submissions exploring how the fundamental principles of the UDHR can still be protected. It also envisions questions about other visions of collective rights, such as indigenous rights or collective security.

  1. Emerging Norms and the Advance or Retreat of Human Rights

Recent and emerging developments in rights and their protection will be the focus of this track. Submissions may consider new substantive norms or evolutive and expansive interpretations and incarnations of UDHR norms.

  1. Non-state Actors and Human Rights Protection

This track welcomes submissions looking at the positive and negative impacts of various non-state actors on human rights. While civil society, including NGOs and NHRIs, have sought to positively influence and promote human rights protection, corporations and terrorist organisations have wreaked havoc on the livelihoods of many individuals. To what extent can both positive and negative influences be contextualised? And, more controversially, when do the roles reverse?

  1. Peace Processes, Peace Agreements, Inclusion and Human Rights

Peace processes often aim to protect rights through ending violence, and by providing for new human rights and new human rights institutions.  This track welcomes submissions questioning how effective are these provisions, what relationship do they have to the ‘political deal’ which is being reached, and to what extent are there tensions between human rights and pragmatic negotiations to end conflict?


Interested participants should submit by email to no later than 12 March 2018 one unified document including:

1) title of paper or panel,

2) a clear indication of the track to which the paper belongs,

3) an abstract of no more than 300 words (per abstract in the case of panels),

4) author name, affiliation and short biographical details,

5) contact details.

The complete call for papers can be found using this link.

Papers can be presented on any topic related to human rights and should be unpublished, though papers directly related to the six tracks above will receive preference. Interdisciplinary projects and jointly-authored papers are welcomed (with the proviso that only one person will be allowed to present).

Proposals for entire panels are equally welcome, indicating the title, abstract and author of each paper. Note: a panel consists of 3 speakers and 1 proposed discussant may be indicated. Alternatively, panels of four speakers (without a discussant, so as to allow sufficient time for discussion) might be considered. To ensure diversity in all respects, panels which are a mix of male-female and consist of researchers from different research institutions will be given precedence.

Researchers at all career stages, from PhD students to full professors, are invited to submit.

The complete call for papers can be found using this link.

The deadline for paper submission is 10 August 2018. Papers should be approximately 6000 – 8000 words.

Please send your paper to It will be made available to the chair or discussant of your panel for the purpose of discussion, and upon request only to the participants of the conference.