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  • *EXTENDED DEADLINE* Call for Papers: Autumn 2020

    The R2P Student Journal is welcoming submissions for its second issue of 2020 on the subject of gross human rights violations pre-, during, and post-Covid19. Deadline: 31 October 2020.

    The ruthlessness of the Covid-19 pandemic has shown how fragile and fluctuating the global context is and the disastrous effects irresponsible leadership may have. It is both striking and catastrophic how rapidly the pandemic has affected each continent, and how Covid-19 has performed an X-ray examination of our deeply unequal international and domestic systems of governance, exposing yet again the routinised structural violence in our world.

    Against this background, the R2P Student Journal is welcoming submissions for its second issue of 2020 on the topic of gross human rights violations pre-, during, and post-Covid19, from current and recent undergraduates and postgraduate students.

    Submissions may focus on atrocity prevention, international justice, peacekeeping and peacebuilding practices, the Women Peace and Security agenda, transitional justice, supportive and coercive responses to humanitarian crises etc. This list is by no means exhaustive. We are looking for diverse analytical essays, book reviews, photo articles, poems, videos and artwork related to these topics for our journal and blog.

     

     

  • Black Lives Matter

    Broadcast your voice. Share your experience. Start the conversation. 

    Call for Conversations is a project which aims to broadcast diverse experiences through creative works. In solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement, we’re looking to open conversations about social issues affecting communities globally. Regardless of where you are in the world, we’d love to hear from you.

    R2P Student Journal is accepting creative works to publish on our blog. Some of the creative pieces we are accepting are: 

    • Blog posts 
    • Personal accounts and experiences 
    • Book reviews
    • Photography
    • Poetry
    • Songs/music 
    • Videography

    ...but we are not limited to these categories. If you have an idea that isn’t included in this list or want to submit a creative piece, get in touch via email at: r2pstudentjournal@gmail.com. 

    Eligibility

    Anyone and everyone is eligible to submit. You do not have to be affiliated with a school or institution. 

    How to submit 

    Send an email to our team at: r2pstudentjournal@gmail.com. Write CFC BLM in the email subject line with your creative work attached. A member of our team will follow up with you.  

    We aim to create a space for open, respectful and constructive conversations through visual and written creative works. Share your experience on how the Black Lives Matter movement has impacted you. Show the world what’s going on in your community. Tell us your story. We can’t wait to hear from you.

  • First issue of 2020 is now out


    The notion of responsibility is at the heart of not only the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) doctrine, but also of international criminal justice and responses to mass atrocities more broadly. The global pandemic the world currently faces forces us to rethink how we conceive of responsibility today, and the implications for the international community’s ability to respond to mass atrocities. This is all the more crucial as we ponder on the fifteen years anniversary of the World Summit Outcome Document establishing the R2P doctrine we continue to refer to today. We discussed these subjects with the UN Special Adviser of the Secretary-General on the Responsibility to Protect, Dr. Karen Smith, in an interview with which we are opening this issue. The scope of this issue is vast, ranging from articles on the genocide of the Rohingya in Myanmar and tensions between counterterrorism and R2P to evidentiary challenges of new technologies in international criminal trials and the European Union’s relation with R2P.

    Read Volume 5 Issue 1 here.

    Download Volume 5 Issue 1 here.

  • Become a peer reviewer

    Call for Peer Reviewers – 2020

    The R2P Student Journal is now recruiting new reviewers!

     

    The Responsibility to Protect Student Journal is a free, global, online journal led by students. It provides a platform through which undergraduate and postgraduate students can publish their academic work about responses to gross human rights violations, including, but not limited to, the Responsibility to Protect, international humanitarian law, international criminal justice, transitional justice, the Women Peace and Security agenda, peacebuilding and peacekeeping.

    Since its inception, The Responsibility to Protect Student Journal has been run by a team of volunteers. We're looking for three new peer reviewers to help us evaluate incoming submissions. This will take up to 10 hours a month on average.

    We are accepting applications from MA or PhD students enrolled in International Relations, Law, Conflict Studies, Human Rights and other related courses. Whilst prior reviewing experience is not necessary, applicants are required to demonstrate a high level of academic achievement and very good writing skills. Experience in editing is desired, not essential. Applications from outside of Europe and North America are strongly encouraged.

    How does the reviewing process work?

    Submissions that have received editorial approval are sent to reviewers. As a reviewer, you will further evaluate and provide constructive feedback for submissions that fall within your area of expertise. Your work might include minor editing tasks.

    Why become a reviewer?

    You will gain first-hand experience in the publishing process. This is an excellent opportunity to help students improve their research and arguments, which is ideal if you are considering pursuing a career in teaching, research, or journalism. We are a young team and we value our members’ ideas and feedback. MA students or graduates will only review submissions from undergraduate or MA students.

    If you are interested in joining our team, please send your CV and a one-age cover letter to r2pstudentjournal@gmail.com by 1st April 2020. In your cover letter, please mention what your area of expertise is. Please state “Reviewer application” in your email subject line.

    If you have any questions, please get in contact via email.

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  • Wed developer needed

    Call for applications

    The Responsibility to Protect Student Journal is now looking for a web developer to join its team of volunteers. You will be part of an exciting effort to promote and rebrand the journal. You will create an accessible and easy to navigate website showcasing our blogs, news and journal editions as well as help to move the content we have on the existing website onto the new one.

    We would like to have the website finished by September 2020. This means you have the chance to work flexibly at a timescale that suits you. You will gain first-hand experience in the web-design and publishing process with tangible results. This is an excellent opportunity to be part of a creative rebranding effort in a young and creative team who values all members’ ideas and feedback. You will be provided with a reference for future employers.

    Applications are accepted from anyone with experience or skills in web design. Evidence of past work is desired but not essential. Applicants can be from anywhere across the globe.

    To apply, please send your CV to r2pstudentjournal@gmail.com by 1st April 2020. Please state “Web developer application” in your email subject line.

    The Responsibility to Protect Student Journal is a free and global online journal led entirely by students. Undergraduate and postgraduate students are given the platform and opportunity to publish their academic work about responses to gross human rights violations. This includes, but is not limited to, atrocity prevention, the Responsibility to Protect, the Women Peace and Security agenda, international criminal justice, international humanitarian law, transitional justice, peacebuilding and peacekeeping.

    If you have any questions, please get in contact via email.

    Follow us on Twitter @R2PJournal and on Facebook.

  • Call for Papers - 2020 volume

    Around the world, human rights violations by state and non-state actors, both in and outside contexts of armed conflict, show clear signs of continued atrocity risks. Hate speech and inflammatory language often serve as precursors to hate crimes and early warnings of these risks. In fact, Human Rights Watch warned in its 2019 annual report that atrocities are the new normal.

    Whilst some progress has been made in collecting and preserving evidence of gross human rights abuses, such as in Syria and Myanmar, discussions on atrocity, conflict prevention and criminal justice are harder and harder to place on the UN Security Council agenda. 

    Understanding current responses to gross human rights violations, from multiple perspectives, is crucial. The Responsibility to Protect Student Journal is welcoming submissions for its first 2020 issue on this theme, from current or recent undergraduate or postgraduate students.

    Submissions may draw upon the Responsibility to Protect, the ICC, peacekeeping and peacebuilding practices, the Women Peace and Security agenda, transitional justice, coercive responses to humanitarian crises (such as economic sanctions and military interventions) etc. This list is by no means exhaustive. 

    We are looking for diverse analytical essays, book reviews, photo articles, poems, videos and artwork related to these topics for our journal and blog.

    The Journal accepts papers between 2500 and 6000 words, in line with our submission guidelines. For the blog, analytical pieces should be between 500 and 800 words – we leave the creative ones up to you!

    If you would like to learn more about our journal, see our seven previous issues on the R2P Student Journal webpage. The deadline for submissions is January 31, 2020.

    Don’t hesitate to get in contact if you have any questions, our team can be reached at r2pstudentjournal@gmail.com. We look forward to your submissions

     

  • Volume 4 Issue 1 is now out!

    In their last annual report, Human Rights Watch warned that atrocities are the new normal. Across the world, ultranationalists are legitimising hate speech and inflammatory language, which often serve as precursors to hate crimes and act as early warnings of atrocity risks. Discussions on atrocity and conflict prevention, international criminal justice and sexual and reproductive health in conflict zones are becoming harder and harder to place on the agenda of the UN Security Council (UNSC). At the same time, despite the deadlock in the UNSC on ensuring that those responsible for gross human rights violations are brought to justice, some progress is being made in collecting and preserving evidence of crimes committed in Syria and Myanmar through the work of independent international investigative mechanisms established by the UN General Assembly and the Human Rights Council (progress is also made regarding the collection, preservation and storying of evidence of ISIS crimes in Iraq, thanks to the work of the UN Investigative Team for Accountability of Da'esh (UNITAD), established by the UNSC). It is against this background that our fourth volume is published, bringing to the fore six student papers that touch on a variety of subjects: from the developing nature and scope of international fact finding missions to conflict related sexual and gender based violence, and the operationalisation of the Responsibility to Protect (R2P) in the Central African Republic, Myanmar, Libya and Syria.

    Read Volume 4 Issue 1 here

    Download Volume 4 Issue 1 here

  • Call for papers: Spring 2019 Issue

    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 r2pstudentjournal@gmail.com. We look forward to your submissions!

  • CALL FOR PAPERS – Special issue on transitional justice

    To mark the 20th anniversary of the Rome Statute, the Responsibility to Protect Student Journal would like to invite current or recent undergraduate or postgraduate students to submit a paper for our upcoming 2018 issue on transitional justice. We are keen to receive excellent essays displaying the full diversity of scholarship on this issue.

    Thus far the Student Journal has published five 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 other 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 examples form previous issues, or want to submit and article or blog post, please visit the R2P Student Journal webpage. Deadline for submissions is 21st October.

    For further questions, our team may be reached via e-mail at r2pstudentjournal@gmail.com.

  • The fifth issue is out now

    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. The diversity of our publications is proof that this journal’s scope goes beyond its name. This is not a journal that advocates for or against R2P, but an inclusive intellectual space that allows young voices to critically engage, unpack and make their contribution to some of the most pressing debates in the field of responses to gross human rights violations.

     

    Download Vol 3 Issue 1 2018

  • Spring 2018 Issue – Call for Papers

  • Call for papers – Special issue on peacekeeping and peacebuilding

  • R2P Student Journal Announces Collaboration with STAND

  • Call for papers - Spring 2017

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