When we launched the OxHRH Blog in June 2012, we had a clear aspiration: to offer an intellectual space that could be resourced and shaped by contributors from all over the globe, sharing their analysis of cutting edge human rights law developments. This vision rapidly materialised. Since 2012, the OxHRH Blog has featured over 1,200 posts written by more than 400 experts, from 40 different countries, ranging from the UK to Thailand, Romania to Uruguay, Mexico to Qatar, Rwanda to Spain, India to Australia, and many, many more. The Blog is now a well-known resource, reflected by the 10,000 unique visitors each month to the OxHRH website and almost 8,000 followers on the OxHRH Twitter page.
Overall, the blog is designed to be a valuable resource for those conducting comparative human rights research and teaching but also a democratic space whereby people anywhere in the world can feel that they are part of these discussions.
Comparative perspectives on similar questions have organically emerged. In the last 6 months alone, the Blog has featured expert analyses of important new developments on data protection and privacy laws across Europe, the right to education in India and South Africa and environmental protection and the responsibility of large corporations in Nigeria and Brazil. The great variety of posts we receive also runs parallel with the special series we run on topical issues of particular interest, incuding: the refugee crisis in Europe, the legacies of both Professor Sir Bob Hepple and Justice Antonin Scalia, and the impact that Britain’s exit from the European Union would have on labour rights.
Thank-you to all your readers and contributors for making the OxHRH Blog a global network!