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JHR’s new cover features an original piece of art titled, The Global Village, painted by artist Blanche Serban. You can see more of Blanche’s art on her website

Welcome to the Journal of Human Rights

The Journal of Human Rights seeks to broaden the study of human rights by fostering the critical re-examination of existing approaches to human rights, as well as developing new perspectives on the theory and practice of human rights. The journal aims to meet a globally growing interest in the study and practice of human rights by serving as an arena for the public discussion and scholarly analysis of human rights, broadly conceived.

Because the Journal is committed to theoretical and ideological diversity in the study of human rights, the editor welcomes papers from scholars and disciplines traditionally associated with the study of human rights as well as papers from those in other disciplines or fields of inquiry which have traditionally been under-represented in the field.

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Editorial Team

Shareen Hertel
University of Connecticut

Thomas Cushman
Wellesley College
Founder and Editor-at-Large

Catherine Buerger
University of Connecticut
Managing Editor

Sarita Cargas
University of New Mexico
Book Review Editor

Sandra Sirota
University of Connecticut
Book Review Editor

Rachel Chambers
University of Connecticut
Social Media Editor

Kelebogile Zvobgo
College of William & Mary
Social Media Editor

Ben Carbonetti
Trinity College
Data Editor

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Special Issue News

The human rights implications of the COVID-19 pandemic are far-reaching and complex, and will endure well into the future. The Journal of Human Rights will dedicate a Special Issue of JHR (19.5, November-December 2020) to engaging contributors from a range of disciplines and multiple countries in exploring the pandemic’s impact on the full range of rights. The issue will be free to access as part of Taylor & Francis’ broader initiative to help “public health authorities, researchers, clinicians and the general public contain and manage the spread of COVID-19” (see: https://taylorandfrancis.com/coronavirus/).

News and Updates

JHR has revamped its social media presence! We're pleased to welcome Rachel Chambers and Kelebogile Zvobgo to our Editorial team as our Social Media co-Editors. Follow us on Twitter for journal updates.

Read "America First and the human rights regime" by Kurt Mills and Rodger A. Payne. They discuss their JHR article in a recent piece on The Conversation

Watch the video explainer for Kelebogile Zvobgo and Benjamin A. T. Graham's article from issue 19(4) "The World Bank as an Enforcer of Human Rights, " Winner of 2019 Best Paper Award from the Human Rights Section of the International Studies Association and the 2018 Best Faculty Paper Award from the West Region of the International Studies Association.

Read Shareen Hertel's piece, "Taking Action in Challenging Times for Human Rights." 

Human Rights Methodology

Methods Focus

In issue 17.4, JHR introduced a new “Methods Focus” series where authors explore various methodological approaches to the study of human rights. The series highlights the breadth of research that we publish in JHR.


JHR’s Quantitative Dataverse

JHR’s Quantitative Dataverse is a tool aimed at advancing quantitative human rights scholarship –  an online portal (hosted through Harvard Dataverse) featuring all datasets associated with articles of this nature published in JHR. You can access the Dataverse site here: https://dataverse.harvard.edu/dataverse/jhr