School of Politics and International Studies

Responsibility to Protect Student Journal

About the Journal

The Responsibility to Protect Student Journal is a global, student-led, free online journal, which was founded in 2015 by a group of students from the University of Leeds and the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (Geneva).

The journal aims to provide a platform through which undergraduate and postgraduate students can publish their academic work about the R2P and related topics, including international humanitarian law, human rights, and international criminal justice.

Follow us on Twitter: @R2PJournal
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Email: r2pstudentjournal@gmail.com

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Submissions

What are we looking for?

We are looking for excellent student essays, dissertation excerpts for the Journal and short commentaries, analytical pieces and creative work for the Blog. We welcome submissions on R2P related topics including mass atrocity prevention, humanitarian intervention, international criminal justice, peacekeeping, peacebuilding, genocide, international humanitarian law, UN Security Council decision making. This is not an exhaustive list, so please do get in touch with us if you are unsure whether your work meets our admissibility criteria.

Author guidelines for Journal submissions
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Word count: 2,500-6,000 words (footnotes and bibliography not included). Shorter pieces may be considered for the blog (see below).

Referencing: Please use the Harvard referencing style and include a full bibliographic reference list for each source quoted.

Plagiarism: If your essay was written as part of an assessment item for a course, we advise you submit it to the R2P Student Journal after your essay was marked so that you do not plagiarise yourself.

Language: Submissions must be in English. English or American spelling is acceptable but must be consistent. Please edit your piece before submitting. Submissions must not be under consideration with other publishers, and must not be already published elsewhere.Submissions must not be under consideration with other publishers, and must not be already published elsewhere.

Formatting rules

  • All headings must be in bold and be left-aligned. Subheadings should be italicised. Any custom formatting must be removed before submission.
  • Do not indent the first sentence of a paragraph. Leave one line of space between each paragraph.
  • Do not italicise any quotations. Place all quotations in single quotation marks and indent quotes over 40 words.
  • Please remove any images (unless they are your own original work) from the essay before submission.

Author guidelines for Blog submissions

We welcome contributions on current developments in and reflections on humanitarian crises, mass atrocity prevention, peacebuilding, advocacy efforts and other R2P related themes. The blog is a space for youth to express their thoughts or
experiences regarding these themes through commentaries, analytical pieces and creative work (poems, photography, video, short documentary etc.).

Word count: For commentaries and analytical pieces, aim for 500-800 words. Longer pieces may be considered.

Referencing: Where possible, include hyperlinks. Otherwise, please use the Harvard referencing style.

Language: Submissions must be in English. If you have a good piece but do not feel confident enough with your level of English, please get in touch. Our editorial team will be happy to work with you to refine your work and provide further guidance.

Formatting rules

  •  All headings must be in bold and be left-aligned. Subheadings should be italicised. Any custom formatting must be removed before submission.
  • Do not indent the first sentence of a paragraph. Leave one line of space between each paragraph.
  • Do not italicise any quotations. Place all quotations in single quotation marks and indent large quotes.

FAQ:

Q: Who can submit?

A: Any undergraduate or postgraduate (including research) student can submit their work for the Journal. We welcome submissions from university students all over the world as long as they are in English (translated pieces are acceptable). If you have already graduated, we are happy to accept the article if it was written within 12 months of your graduation date. Please state in your submission email whether you are a current or former student and when your article was written.
For the Blog, we welcome submissions from young people, regardless of their student status.

Q: When can I submit?

A: We publish two Journal issues every year. For our Spring issue, the deadline for submissions is 30th April 2017.

For the Blog, we welcome submissions all year round. We aim to respond to you with our decision on whether your article/blog will be published or requires revision within 2 weeks of submission.

Q: How to submit?

A: If you decided to submit your work to the R2P Student Journal or the Blog, please download this Submission form, fill it in and send it with your essay to r2pstudentjournal@gmail.com. Please make sure you have made all the modifications in line with the formatting rules set out above.

Q: What about copy rights?

A: We believe in open access and the free-flow of information. The R2P Student Journal is a cost-free resource and free to share or cite as long as you give appropriate credit in accordance to Creative Commons licensing.

Editorial team

Georgiana Epure, Founder & Co-Editor-in-chief

Georgiana has an MPhil in International Relations from the University of Cambridge, Christ’s College. Her MPhil research, funded by the Gates Cambridge Trust, focused on the International Criminal Court’s discourse of ‘Responsibility to Prosecute’ perpetrators of mass atrocities. She holds a first class BA in International Relations from the University of Leeds and will return to Leeds in October 2017 as an ESRC funded-scholar to study for an MA in Social Sciences and Research Methods in preparation for her doctoral research on international criminal justice. She is the founder of the Responsibility to Protect Student Coalition at Leeds and together with Dominique Fraser, in 2015, she co-funded the R2P Student Journal.  @GeorgianaEpure

 

Kristin Smette Gulbrandsen, Co-Editor-in-Chief

Kristin has a BA in International Relations from the University of Leeds, where she also helped to found the first R2P Student Coalition in Europe. She is currently studying for a MA in Security Studies at Aberystwyth University. Her Master’s research is on the regional dimensions of peace in the African Great Lakes.

 

Tom Ryan

Tom is studying for a BA in Human, Social and Political Sciences at Christ’s College, at the University of Cambridge. He is policy coordinator for STAND UK. His interests include peacekeeping efforts in Africa and the role of non-state actors in international justice.

 

Emma Bapt

Emma is starting her third year at King’s College London studying War Studies & History. She is President of the KCL News Decoder Society, a partnership between King’s and online news forum News-Decoder working to decode global news issues. Her third year dissertation will look at how the International Criminal Court (ICC) might be used to tackle terrorism.

Peer reviewers

Daniel-WandDaniel Wand

Daniel is an ESRC White Rose funded doctoral candidate the University of Leeds and is co-supervised at the University of Sheffield. Daniel’s research concerns the sustainability of liberal international society in light of the rise of emerging states, focusing on the ICC, international criminal justice and R2P. He is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant. Previously, Daniel worked in the public law department of a leading law firm and was a founding member and director of an international affairs and foreign policy think-thank based in London. He holds an LLB and an LLM in public international law with Distinction from the University of Sheffield.

Chloe-GilganChloë Gilgan

Chloë is a White Rose DTC scholar completing her PhD in Law at the University of York. Her research examines the link between refugee protection and R2P. Her initial foray into refugee and asylum law was through the Special Juvenile Immigrant Status Project where she assisted a practicing US immigration attorney. Additionally, Chloë completed legal fellowships at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, the Women’s Rights Project at the American Civil Liberties Union in NYC, and at the New York State Division of Human Rights. After admission to the New York State Bar in 2009, Chloë worked at Laura Devine Solicitors handling US and UK immigration. She holds a Level 2 Accreditation in Immigration and Asylum Law from the Solicitors Regulation Authority, a cum laude juris doctorate of law from New York Law School and a cum laude BA in Urban Studies from Columbia University.

Sam-JarvisSamuel Jarvis

Samuel Jarvis is a PhD research student at the University of Sheffield. He is currently completing an ESRC funded PhD entitled “Moral Progress and its Political Limits: ‘Common Humanity’ as a Driver of State Behaviour”. Prior to joining the University of Sheffield, Samuel completed both a Masters (Distinction) and BA (First Class) in IR at the University of Leeds. His dissertation “Understanding Normative Contestation: The Added Value of International Legitimacy in the Case of R2P” was awarded best Masters dissertation in POLIS (2014). He is also a member of the White Rose ESRC DTC PhD network Responsibility to Protect and Prosecute: Its Problems and Alternatives. You can follow him on Twitter @Sam_Jarvis_

Alice Musabende                                                                                                                                        

Alice Musabende is a current Gates Scholar and a second year PhD student in Politics & International Studies at Murray Edwards College, University of Cambridge. Born and raised in Rwanda, Alice is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide against the Tutsis of 1994 and is currently researching the dynamics of state building and peacebuilding in the context of post-conflict countries in the Great Lakes of Africa. Alice graduated from Rwanda’s first School of Journalism, holds a Masters in Journalism from Carleton University as well as a Masters in International Development Studies from Dalhousie University, both in Canada. Previously, Alice worked as a journalist for some of Canada’s major news organizations.

Advisory Board

We would like to thank the following people for being part of the R2P Student Journal’s Advisory Board:

  • Dr Simon Adams, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
  • Prof Alex Bellamy, University of Queensland – Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
  • Dominique Frasner, Founder – The R2P Student Journal, Global Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (Geneva Office)
  • Dr Jess Gifkins, Leeds Beckett University – Honorary Research Fellow at the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
  • Dr Adrian Gallagher, University of Leeds – European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
  • Prof Jason Ralph, University of Leeds – European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect
  • Dr Cristina Stefan (formerly Badescu), University of Leeds – European Centre for the Responsibility to Protect

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