School of Politics and International Studies

Responsibility to Protect Student Journal


Volume 3, Issue 1 (2018) is now out

This new issue comprises six articles that touch on diverse themes, from the nature of human rights to international criminal justice.

Diversity and heterogeneity of academic debate is critical to our journal. Our efforts are focused towards creating a virtual academic platform that allows a plurality of young voices to speak about important subjects such as responses to mass violence and international criminal justice. In doing so, we are continuously extending the scope of the journal to cover and engage with critical perspectives on tangential subjects such as human rights and transitional justice.

Download Vol 3 Issue 1 2018





New issue: Special Issue on Peacekeeping and Peacebuilding 

Together with STAND, The Student Led Movement To End Mass Atrocities, we are delighted to introduce the first-ever Special Issue of the Responsibility to Protect Student Journal – an issue entirely dedicated to important theoretical and practical questions concerning peacekeeping and peacebuilding.

For this Special Issue we have selected five student essays reflecting on issues around peacekeeping and peacebuilding. They touch on themes such as unarmed civilian peacekeeping, accountability in peacekeeping missions, the core principles of UN peacekeeping, ex-combatant reintegration and the problems of post-war reconstruction.

Read the issue here



Call for paper for Spring 2018 Issue

The Responsibility to Protect Student Journal, in collaboration with STAND – a student-led movement to end mass atrocities – is currently welcoming submissions of papers for the Spring 2018 issue. We welcome submissions on any R2P or related themes including, but not limited to: atrocity prevention, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, the Women Peace and Security agenda, International Human Rights Law (IHRL), International Humanitarian Law (IHL), genocide studies, International Criminal Justice (ICJ) – particularly the  International Criminal Court (ICC).

Papers must be between 2500-6000 words and meet the criteria outlined in the submission guidelines on our website.

The Journal also accepts shorter analytical pieces of 500-800 words on a rolling basis for our blog and welcomes creative work related to these themes in the form of poems, videos, photo articles etc.

Deadline for submissions is 31st March 2018 (extended).

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