Contribute to the Blog

Thank you for your interest in contributing to the Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog! Please read the OxHRH Blog guidelines before submitting a proposed blog to us.

The OxHRH Blog aims to promote dialogue between human rights researchers, practitioners and policy-makers from around the world. We welcome original contributions which provide high quality legal analysis of recent human rights law developments across the globe, including case law, current litigation, legislation, policy-making and activism.

Contributions should be accessible to readers from outside your country and, wherever possible, should connect local issues to global concerns.

Who can contribute?

The Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog prides itself on being an egalitarian space. We welcome submissions from students, early career researchers, policy-makers, senior academics, lawyers and members of civil society organisations. However, we  only publish blogs that are of high quality and that comply with the Style Rules set out on this page.

Guidelines for contributions

  • Posts must be between 500-700 words in length. Posts which are longer than 700 words will not be considered for publication.
  • Posts must include hyperlinks to relevant legal sources and background information, including any judgments, laws, treaties or other legal texts which are mentioned. Hyperlinks must link only to legal or respected news sources. The editors make the the final decision over what constitutes a respectable source. Please do not use footnotes, as our software cannot accommodate them!
  • Posts should be clear and concise, leaving out excessive jargon and verbiage. Posts which are submitted must be fully proofread and must conform to good legal academic style. In particular, the Blog is not a platform for opinion pieces on the news of the day, even if related to human rights: our core focus is on legal analysis of any such developments.
  • Posts should have informative titles from which a reader can tell what the post is about.
  • As we have a global legal readership, posts should provide relevant background information to make them accessible to readers from outside your country.
  • Blog posts are published in English but we are always trying to reach a global audience. If you can provide us with a translated version in Spanish, Portuguese or French, we would be most keen to publish this alongside the English version.
  • Posts should reflect original, unpublished work.
  • Cross-posting or publication on other platforms is permissible only:
    • with the permission of the Editors of the  OxHRH Blog; and
    • a minimum of 48 hours after the post has been published on the OxHRH Blog.

We thank our contributors in advance for sticking to these guidelines, which help us maintain our high standards and ensure the Blog is a space where authors can get their ideas out to a wide audience!

How to contribute

If you would like to contribute to the blog, we’d be thrilled to receive your submission! Please email it to oxfordhumanrightshub@law.ox.ac.uk, and include in the subject line your blog title and your name. If you would like your blog piece to include a photo and a short biography, please include this information in your submission email.

The editors will not approve posts in advance of seeing the text. Please do not send abstracts, as we will not be able to tell from an abstract whether your post complies with the Style Rules and meets the Blog’s  requirements. If you are unsure whether a topic is suitable for the blog, please email us on the address above. An indication that a topic may be suitable does not amount to advance acceptance of the post.

Once you have submitted your draft post, the Editors will be in touch. We  endeavour to respond quickly to Blog submissions and you can anticipate a response within a week.

  • If the Editors reject the Blog submission will communicate this decision and provide brief feedback. Please be aware that there are significant demands on our blog as a global platform, and we try to cover legal developments on a diversity of jurisdictions and issues. These criteria will be taken into account when deciding to accept or reject a blog submission.
  • If the Editors consider that your post has potential to be published, but is not currently of the required standard, then we will send back your work with editorial suggestions in tracked changes. This does not amount to acceptance of the post, and the Editorial Team may decide, upon seeing revisions, that the submission is not suitable for publication on the OxHRH Blog.
  • If the post is accepted for publication, there may be, for the reasons set out above, a delay between acceptance and publication. We aim to minimise this where a post covers a very recent or urgent issue. However, please be aware that the proliferation of human rights developments around the world makes it hard to give a firm deadline for when posts will be published. We will always work with authors to try to comply with any specific timing requirements.

The Editors may, in their absolute discretion, waive any of the above rules or amend this process.

We pride ourselves on the high quality of our blog posts and will not publish a post if we are not satisfied that it is of sufficiently high quality, both in terms of presentation and argument, under any circumstances. If you feel unable to accept the Editor’s proposals after discussion, or do not wish to participate in the editorial process, then you are free to withdraw your submission.

Dialogue and promotion

The Blog aims to stimulate dialogue and debate, so once your post is published please keep an eye out for comments and enter into the discussion. We are particularly keen to publish blogs on human rights development in Central and South America, Africa and Asia. To expand your readership, we also encourage you to share your post with friends and colleagues through email and social media sites.

Contributor’s Agreement

By submitting a post to the blog, the Contributor guarantees that the post is a product of their work and is unpublished. Contributors also permit the Oxford Human Rights Hub to use their post, with full attribution but without further consent, on a non-commercial basis in online and offline publications.

We look forward to receiving your contribution!

The OxHRH Editorial Team