Call for papers

The East European Yearbook on Human Rights is a new regional 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. The journal is a venue to share both common 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. 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 the human rights academic research community, human rights activists and civil society in general (to contribute to these sections, email the editors at

The Board of Editors of the East European Yearbook on Human Rights is issuing a Call for Papers for its first edition set to be published in the spring/summer of 2018 on human rights issues in the (post)transitional setting. Possible themes include, but are not limited to:

  • Analysis of the most pressing human rights issues in a specific transitional setting
  • A comparative analysis of different transitions in relation to human rights issues
  • Whether the Eastern European transitions have reached the post-transition stage or are they regressing? And the effect this can have on human rights of those societies
  • What should be the fundamental human rights issues on the table for transitioning states?
  • What, if any, role has commitment to human rights had in the transition of the Eastern and Central European societies towards democratic governance?
  • Has societal and economic transition of the last 25 years in the Eastern and Central European countries led to the loss of the idealistic perception of human rights?

The General Articles section of the Yearbook is open to submissions from the entire academic community and is independently (double blind) peer‐reviewed by renowned experts. The Board of Editors will select articles based on quality of research and writing, diversity, and relevance of topic. Prospective articles, including a brief abstract, statement of affiliation, and confirmation of exclusive submission, should be submitted via email ( and should conform to the journal style guide on our website. The Yearbook has a word limit for general articles is 8 000 – 12 500 words including footnotes. For further information, or for consultation on a potential submission, you can contact the editors at

Deadline for Submissions: 1 September 2017