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Welcome to the Journal of Human Rights

The Journal of Human Rights seeks to broaden the study of human rights by fostering the critical re-examination of existing approaches to human rights, as well as developing new perspectives on the theory and practice of human rights. The journal aims to meet a globally growing interest in the study and practice of human rights by serving as an arena for the public discussion and scholarly analysis of human rights, broadly conceived.

Because the Journal is committed to theoretical and ideological diversity in the study of human rights, the editor welcomes papers from scholars and disciplines traditionally associated with the study of human rights as well as papers from those in other disciplines or fields of inquiry which have traditionally been under-represented in the field.

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Editorial Team

Shareen Hertel
University of Connecticut

Thomas Cushman
Wellesley College
Founder and Editor-at-Large

Catherine Buerger
University of Connecticut
Managing Editor

Sarita Cargas
University of New Mexico
Book Review Editor

Sandra Sirota
University of Connecticut
Book Review Editor

Rachel Chambers
University of Connecticut
Social Media Editor

Kelebogile Zvobgo
College of William & Mary
Social Media Editor

Ben Carbonetti
Trinity College
Data Editor


Special Issue News

Issue 22.1: The International Criminal Court at 25: Reassessing Processes and Outcomes

On July 17, 2023, the International Criminal Court (ICC) will mark the 25th anniversary of the adoption of the Rome Statute, its founding treaty. The Statute constituted a remarkable transfer of authority from sovereign states to an international institution: The ICC is the first permanent court charged with prosecuting individuals, including senior political and military leaders, for atrocity crimes. Per the Statute, the ICC was designed with the goals of ending impunity for these crimes, contributing to their prevention, and delivering justice to victims. To what extent has the ICC achieved these and other goals in the Rome Statute? The ICC’s upcoming anniversary provides an opportune moment to examine this question and take stock of the Court’s performance. This special issue of the Journal of Human Rights addresses this question from an empirical perspective, focusing on two themes: (1) the ICC’s relations with states, which critically condition its operations and impact, (2) the Court’s effectiveness in achieving the goals outlined in the Rome Statute, specifically ending impunity and mitigating violence.

Other specialized content

JHR 21.5 (Symposium on Governance Authority in Business & Human Rights)

JHR 21.3 (2nd Special issue on COVID-19)

JRH 21.2 (Special Issue on HR on the Edge – The future of International HR Law & Practice)

JHR 20.5 (Symposium on Political Apologies & HR)

JHR 20.2 (Special Issue on HR Governance in ASEAN)

Human Rights in the Time of COVID-19

Quantitative Human Rights Measures

Human Rights in Higher Education

Public Opinion Polling and Human Rights

Economic Rights in JHR

Human Rights in the News

Literature and Human Rights

Business and Human Rights

Human Rights Methodology

Methods Focus

In issue 17.4, JHR introduced a new “Methods Focus” series where authors explore various methodological approaches to the study of human rights. The series highlights the breadth of research that we publish in JHR.


JHR’s Quantitative Dataverse

JHR’s Quantitative Dataverse is a tool aimed at advancing quantitative human rights scholarship –  an online portal (hosted through Harvard Dataverse) featuring all datasets associated with articles of this nature published in JHR. You can access the Dataverse site here: https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataverse/jhr