School of Politics and International Studies

Responsibility to Protect Student Journal

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 We look forward to your submissions


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