The Editorial Team at the Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog is taking a break for the festive season. We have escaped the Oxford winter to sunnier (or snowier!) climes. But we will be back in 2014, continuing to bring you high quality human rights law news and commentary from around the globe!
A global network:
Before we go I would like to take the opportunity to give a quick overview of how our global network has developed in the past twelve months. 2013 has been a fantastic year for the Blog. We have proudly brought you 233 posts, written by more than 150 different contributors from 25 different countries. The info-graphic (above) gives an idea of this global reach.
This has been made possible by our hardworking Editorial Team, which is itself and international bunch, coming from Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, India, Jamaica, South Africa, and the United States of America. Thanks are also due to our enthusiastic network of contributors who volunteer their time and talents to write. We are always looking for new contributors, so if you too would like to contribute to our global network please be in touch!
And of course, we wouldn’t have this successful global network without you, our readers! You have been coming to our site at rapidly increasing rates throughout 2013 — we had a record number of readers this month — more than 13,000 unique views and counting! Thank you for your continued support.
Bringing together academics, policy makers and practitioners:
The Blog is just one of the several initiatives undertaken by the Oxford Human Rights Hub under the Directorship of Professor Sandra Fredman. In 2013, we hosted 15 international speakers and partnered with other Oxford based groups such as the Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), the Refugee Studies Centre and the Oxford Martin School’s Human Rights for Future Generations Programme in order to facilitate greater sharing of human rights law knowledge and expertise.
You can download podcasts of a selection of these talks from the OxHRH i-TunesU library. We have also developed a thriving following on social media sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, reaching over 2,000 Twitter followers in December 2013!
You can read more about these and other Oxford Human Rights Hub activities in our Annual Report (left).
2014 and beyond for the Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog:
The Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog will be back from 6th January 2014. We have an exciting year in store, with plans for new publications showcasing highlights from the Blog. We will also be closely following the activities of the Oxford Human Rights Hub as it prepares for two international conferences in Brazil and Rwanda in early 2014, and we will be extending our multi-lingual posting capabilities, bringing you more posts in both French and Spanish in addition to English.
From all of the team at the Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog, thank you for following us in 2013. We look forward to welcoming you back in 2014!
Laura Hilly, Managing Editor, Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog
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