The East European Yearbook on Human Rights is a new regional peer-reviewed legal journal, focusing on human rights discourse in the Eastern European area, but situating this in the broader context of worldwide problems and developments in the area of human rights. Eastern European states have all undergone a transition from state socialism to liberal democracy. While the problems of transition vary from country to country, there also joint concerns that have had to be tackled in each of the states. The journal is a venue to share both shared and disparate experiences in relation to human rights and it can be a valuable source of insight for scholars conducting research into other transition situations.

The new journal aims to position itself both as a channel for Easter European scholars to publish on regional and wider human rights issues, and for authors from other regions to provide their input on human rights issues that are particularly relevant in the Eastern European setting. This Eastern European focus is unique to the East European Yearbook on Human Rights and will provide a valuable addition to plethora of already established human rights publications. Added value is provided by the two journal sections that will offer overviews and analysis of regional human rights practice and literature, which aim to become an important resource for both the human rights academic research community and human rights activists and civil society in general.

The journal will be published in cooperation with Tallinn University, the Danish Institute for Human Rights and Walther Schücking Institute of International Law. The journal concept was developed in the context of the “HURMUR: Human rights – mutually raising excellence” project.

The publication of the Yearbook’s first issue is scheduled for May 2018. The call for papers will be made available shortly, along with instructions for authors.