School of Politics and International Studies

Responsibility to Protect Student Journal


The Special Issue on Transitional Justice is now out!


We are delighted to present the Special Issue on Transitional Justice.

For this Special Issue, we have selected four student essays that engage with the notion of transitional justice. From examining the tension between global and local approaches to justice, to analysing the success of transitional justice approaches in Kenya post-2008, this issue brings young voices into the ever-important debate about the nature of transitional justice.

Read the Special Issue here.

Download the Special Issue here.





Call for papers: Special issue on responses to mass atrocities

In the wake of the new year, the Responsibility to Protect Student Journal is welcoming submissions for its first 2019 issue!

We invite current or recent undergraduate or postgraduate students to submit a paper on responses to mass atrocities and related issues. We are keen to receive excellent essays displaying the full diversity of scholarship on these issues.

Thus far the Student Journal has published six issues showcasing student articles on mass atrocity prevention and similar topics, and we are committed to continue being a platform where student voices can be heard.

The Journal accepts papers between 2500 and 6000 words which meet the criteria outlined in the submission guidelines on our website. We also accept shorter analytical pieces of 500 to 800 words on a rolling basis for the blog, as well as creative work related to these themes in the form of poems, videos, photo articles etc. 

If you wish to learn more about our work, see previous issues, or want to submit an article or blog post, please visit the R2P Student Journal webpage. Deadline for submissions is 1 April 2019.

For further questions, our team may be reached via e-mail at We look forward to your submissions!


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




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