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The Journal for Human Rights

The Journal of Human Rights is a quarterly journal that serves as an interdisciplinary forum for the public discussion and social-theoretic reflection of questions of human rights. The journal attempts to deepen the debate about the human rights in political science and in related disciplines by fostering systematic reconstruction of the normative foundation of human rights. It offers wide-ranging approaches to the subject including both theoretic and empirical perspectives. The papers address questions of legitimacy of rights, of theoretical foundations of rights discourse, and the interpretation of civil, social and cultural rights in particular contexts. The reflection on the contemporary theory and practice of human rights complements the international human rights discourse.


The main objective of The Journal of Human Rights is to make a significant scholarly contribution to the theory of human rights and enrich and expand discourses about rights in practical political, economic, and social contexts. The journal is committed to the systematic development of the human rights subfield in political science and to the broadening the debate on human rights at all levels.

Target Audience

Scholars in all fields of political science, history, philosophy, sociology, and legal theory. Politicians, policy makers and decision makers in politics, economy, and civil society.

Call for Papers

1/2019: Focus “Human Rights in Numbers”

Empirically reviewing the situation of the current state of human rights is a methodologically challenging endeavor of great political importance. The questions of how the conditions of human rights in a country are and how the respective states implement or violate human rights are usually the starting point for governmental as well as non-governmental efforts to better protect human rights. At the same time, the methodological deliberate recording of the human rights situation is also scientifically important.

Scientists and practitioners are invited to contribute to the zfmr 1/2019 with the focus on “Human Rights in Numbers”. The orientation and choice of topic is open. Highly welcomed are a) theoretical articles, which pursue the question to what extent human rights can be numerically expressed, or b) conceptual articles dealing with, for example, the advantages and limitations of indicators, indexes, rankings, or c) empirical articles discussing the gathering and use of quantitative information on select human rights problems, or d) articles critically reflecting on the application of such data as a political tool, in public discourse or in educational work. In the end, it is not only a critical recognition of but also a well-founded critique of the use of quantitative data on human rights.

If you are interested please send in a brief exposé with a topic proposal by 1 November 2018. The deadline for accepted contributions is 15 February 2019. The submissions will undergo a peer-review-process.

We hope to have sparked your interest and would be very glad to receive your contribution!

Contact: zfmr@menschrechte.org


Michael Krennerich (Head)
Nürnberger Menschenrechtszentrum
sowie Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Christina Binder
Universität der Bundeswehr München

Tessa Debus
Wochenschau Verlag

Elisabeth Holzleithner
Universität Wien

Regina Kreide
Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen

Arnd Pollmann
Alice Salomon Hochschule Berlin

Stefan Weyers
Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz

Book reviews

Marco Schendel
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg

Editorial Board

Zehra Arat
Univ. of Connecticut, Storrs, CT

Seyla Benhabib
Yale Univ.

Samantha Besson
Univ. de Fribourg

Heiner Bielefeldt
Friedrich-Alexander-Univ. Erlangen-Nürnberg

Marianne Braig
Freie Universität Berlin

Rainer Forst
Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Universität Frankfurt/M.

Karl-Peter Fritzsche
Otto-von-Guericke-Universität Magdeburg

Brigitte Hamm
Institut für Entwicklung und Frieden, Duisburg

Rainer Huhle
Nürnberger Menschenrechtszentrum

Georg Lohmann
Otto-von-Guericke-Univ. Magdeburg

Anja Mihr
Utrecht University

Rainer Schmalz-Bruns
Leibniz Universität Hannover

Susanne Zwingel
Florida International University, Miami, FL