About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The Journal of Human Rights in the Commonwealth is an electronic inter-disciplinary journal which covers a vast range of issues relating to human rights in the Commonwealth of Nations including, but not limited to: human rights and the law, democracy and governance, development, poverty, conflict, transitional justice, climate change, the ecological crisis, colonialism and imperialism, equality and discrimination, ethnicity, religion, gender and women’s human rights, children, class, corporate accountability, refugees, migration, minorities and indigenous peoples.

The journal also publishes Commonwealth-related comparative human rights evaluations and country reports.  To promote scholarly and practitioner debate the editors will also publish opinion pieces and discussion papers from renowned writers, activists and experts in the fields of Commonwealth Studies and Human Rights. Commentaries, reflections, field notes, thematic essays and review articles are also welcomed.

The journal is open access and is essential reading for academics and students of human rights and Commonwealth studies, political sociology, political science, contemporary history, development studies and international law, officers in relevant NGOs, lawyers, politicians and civil servants, policy makers and human rights activists.

The Journal is based in the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London. The Institute was founded in 1949 and is the only postgraduate academic institution in the United Kingdom devoted to the study of the Commonwealth. It is also home to the longest-running interdisciplinary and practice-oriented human rights MA program in the UK. The Institute is a national and international centre of excellence for policy-relevant research, research facilitation and teaching.

Peer Review Process

All primary research articles in this journal have undergone rigorous peer review, based on initial editor screening and evaluation by at least one anonymous referee.

Review articles, comment pieces, and reports are assessed by the journal's editors.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.



Dr Damien Short – Human Rights Consortium, Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Assistant Editors

Dr Corinne Lennox – Human Rights Consortium, Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Dr David Cantor – Human Rights Consortium, Institute of Commonwealth Studies

Dr Matthew Waites – University of Glasgow

International Advisory Board

Prof Paul Havemann – James Cook University, Australia

Dr Michele Lamb – Roehampton University, UK

Prof Lydia Morris – University of Essex, UK

Dr Paul Muldoon – Monash University, Australia

Dr Colin Samson – University of Essex, UK

Dr Leo Zeilig – Institute of Commonwealth Studies, UK