2024Call for Papers (~ 7/19)

21 Jun 2024
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Call for Papers

Human Rights Paper Session

  • Theme: Civic Space and Human Rights Cities
  • Sub-themes: civic space in the context of human rights cities, challenges facing civic space of human rights cities, strategies for human rights cities to expand civic space, collaboration of cities local and global level regarding civic space

The Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, the International Centre for the Promotion of Human Rights at the Local and Regional Levels under the auspices of UNESCO, the UNESCO Chair in Human Rights and Human Security, University of Graz, the Chonnam National University May 18 Institute, and Gwangju International Center are co-hosting the 9th Human Rights Paper Session as a part of the 14th World Human Rights Cities Forum (WHRCF), being held in Gwangju, South Korea from the 10th to the 11th of October, 2024.

We are inviting papers to be presented related to the present call on “Civic Space and Human Rights Cities”, which will also include papers related to human rights in urban settings.

Selected papers will be presented on-site during the WHRCF. Presenters will also be invited to submit their papers for consideration in the December 2024 issue of “The Journal of Democracy and Human Rights”, a peer reviewed, Korean Citation Index (KCI) indexed journal that is published by the May 18 Institute, Chonnam National University. Presenters are also encouraged to consider submitting their papers to the European Yearbook on Human Rights, co-edited by the UNESCO Chair, University of Graz, provided the topic includes a European perspective.

Important Dates

  • Abstract Submission Deadline                                  July 19, 2024
  • Acceptance notification                                              August 1, 2024
  • Paper Submission Deadline                                      September 13, 2024
  • Presentation Material Submission Deadline          September 30, 2024
  • Paper Presentation at the 14th WHRCF                  October 11, 2024  16:30-18:30 KST


Submit an abstract (not exceeding 500 words) to the following email address:

Please, notice that the following information must be included in your submission:

- The author’s name and affiliation;

- A short biography (100 words) to be included in the abstract itself;

- The author’s CV, including a relevant list of publications (maximum 800 words);

- The author’s contact details, including email address and telephone numbers;

- All information should be submitted in MS-Word format.    

Full Paper Submission

Selected authors should submit the advance draft of their papers prior to the Forum. Papers should be at least 2,000 words, not counting the bibliography, and they should follow the APA stylesheet in MS-Word format. The deadline for submission of the advance draft is September 13, 2024.

Paper Presentation at the Forum

Accommodation costs (3 nights) will be covered for presenters coming from abroad.

1-2F, 5, Jungang-ro 196beon-gil, Dong-gu, Gwangju 61475, South Korea
Tel: +82-62-226-2734 │ Fax: +82-2-226-2731 │ E-mail:
Copyright WHRCF All rights reserved.

1-2F, 5, Jungang-ro 196beon-gil, Dong-gu, Gwangju 61475, South Korea
Tel: +82-62-226-2734
Fax: +82-62-226-2731
Copyright WHRCF All rights reserved.