Rights! welcomes aby submission discussing human rights. We aim at creating an exchange of ideas and information about human rights issues from different angles and perspectives. We therefore invite students, scholars, human rights professionals and defenders, journalists, as well as witnesses of violations to submit any of the followings:

  • Paper — Your paper should state an argument that you support with evidence and sources. While you are not required to uphold strict academic standards, it is important that your main argument is clearly formulated at the outset and logically developed.
  • Opinion — Your opinion should advocate for some change in current laws, policies, or social practices. You should disclose from where you advocate for such change and the specific circumstances that render such change needed. Where the issue is local rather than global, please help readers appreciate the reality of such place without giving anything for granted.
  • Report — Your report should aim at updating the human rights community about some occurrence, whether that is a change in law or policy, some act or acts that amount to serious violations, or also novel approaches from professionals and defenders in tackling a certain issue.
  • Account — Your account should describe a happening you or someone close to you have witnessed directly. You can write using the first person singular or plural. We are open to provide editorial context to help readers situate your account.


Guidelines for Submission


Every submission is reviewed by members of the editorial board, who may ask for amendments/edits before the piece is passed on to the Editor-in-Chief for final approval and publication.

Once you receive them, please read them carefully and correct the text accordingly or explain to us why you believe your version should not be amended.



  • Texts should be between 500 and 2500 words.
  • Submissions must be in English (please, make sure your grammar is at a publishable level).
  • You must indicate whether your contribution has already been published or submitted elsewhere.



  • You must use in-text citations in any variant of the Harvard System. Do not use footnotes.
  • Please embed hyperlinks to your sources in addition to, or in the place of, academic referencing.
  • Place all quotations in standard quotation marks and indent longer quotes. Do not write quotations in Italics.
  • If images are used, they must be accompanied by full copyright attribution.


Special Feature Series

Our blog hosts a number of special sections and issues. You can explore each on the website and let us know if you wish to submit your contribution to one such sections or issues.


Suggested Format

We provide this template for your reference only: we do not require you to follow it. In drafting your submission, you can answer these questions in order to better structure your text.

Your opening paragraph or paragraphs should cover the following:

  1. What is your argument, opinion, or topic? (State it clearly in your first line or two)
  2. How is it relevant?
  3. What is the overall context? (Help the reader understand the situation)
  4. Why do you care? (Help us understand where are you situated as an author)
  5. Why should we care? (What is the thing we did not know and you are telling us)
  6. How is it connected to human rights?
  7. How do you intend to approach the topic? (Describe your method or style)
  8. How is the text articulated? (Give a preview of how the rest of the text is structured so that a reader can properly follow you).


Please articulate your text according to the overview you have provided. If you rely on sources, please provide a brief description and an embedded hyperlink to the reference. Make sure that you speak to a global audience, who may have no familiarity with your legal or political system, by providing enough information for anyone to fully appreciate what you are trying to convey.