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The ACLU of Washington invites applications for the full-time position of Technology and Liberty Director to lead its work at the intersection of civil liberties and technology.
Various other positions at ACLU at http://www.aclu.org/careers

PWESCR – Programme Officer for Research (New Delhi)
PWESCR (The Programme on Women’s Economic, Social and Cultural Rights) is an international human rights organization based in the global South committed to promoting women’s human rights, especially in the context of economic, social and cultural rights by engendering policy, law and practice at local, national, regional and international levels. Position Description (Location: South Asia, India, New Delhi)
The Programme Officer (PO) for Research will be part of PWESCR’s leadership team and will work closely with the Executive Director on all aspects of PWESCR’s Research. The PO will head the research team to conduct in-depth, timely research on priority areas as identified by PWESCR’s Board and PWESCR’s Research Advisory Group. This would also include providing inputs and analysis for all PWESCR advocacy work, both nationally and internationally; developing appropriate information, education and communication material from the research to ensure our work reaches our targeted constituencies; cultivating relationships with local and regional activists, scholars and other stakeholders; and maintaining substantial knowledge of issues, policies, contacts, and social movements and networks within the region and globally.
• Advance degree (minimum Masters) in economics, international relations, social sciences; law, human rights or women’s studies.
• Minimum 3-5 years of research experience in human rights, socio-economic justice and/or women’s rights work at the national, regional or international level.
• Demonstrate commitment to women and gender rights issues with an ability to do gender analysis.
• Demonstrate experience in conducting research, developing methodology and implementation.
• Good analytical, research and writing skills (in English).
• Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to network and liaise in a diverse environment.
• Demonstrate ability to be a leader and be able to set the tone for the team
• Ability to work autonomously, take initiative, manage multiple and competing priorities, and handle detail. Work to optimize teamwork, learning and efficiency. Very organized and efficient.
• Must be able to travel including overseas as required.
• Five to seven years work experience.
• Experience working on gender issues including women’s human rights and/or women’s economic and social justice issues.
• Background in feminist theory preferred.
• Feminist economist with ability to link macro and micro economic issues preferred.
• Knowledge of South Asian languages.
• Demonstrate research, analysis and writing skills.
Programme Officer at PWESCR is a leadership position in the organization and comes with a generous package including benefits. Remuneration depends on experience.
The position is for midlevel professionals. It offers opportunity for both personal and career growth with exposure to international feminist discourse, interface with international experts and national stakeholders and experience sharing with global South partners in various forums.
To Apply:
Interested applicants should submit the following:
• Résumé
• Cover letter
• Two letters of reference
• Two published or unpublished short paper written by the applicant discussing issues related to human rights, women’s human rights or socio-economic justice.
These documents are to be submitted to:
PWESCR, Job search
D14 Kalkaji, 1st Floor
New Delhi 110019
Or pwescr@pwescr.org

Forensic Policy Associate
The Innocence Project is a not-for-profit organization that works to exonerate innocent prisoners through post-conviction DNA testing and develop and implement policy changes to prevent wrongful convictions and otherwise reform the criminal justice system.

Columbia Heller School for Social Policy and Management is seeking applicants for an Assistant Director for International Affairs for the Graduate Programs in Coexistence and Conflict (COEX). The Assistant Director will be responsible for the international outreach, communications and partnerships of the COEX programs. See http://cdn.e2ma.net/userdata/36752/assets/docs/Assistant_Director_for_International_Affairs.new.pdf, for full job description and how to apply.

Columbia Heller school of Social Policy and Management is seeking applicants for a Program Administrator for the Graduate Programs in Coexistence and Conflict (COEX). This position will be responsible for the administrative management of faculty and student affairs of the COEX programs. See http://cdn.e2ma.net/userdata/36752/assets/docs/Program.Administrator.position.pdf for full job description and how to apply.

Asia Catalyst works with grassroots groups from marginalized communities in East and Southeast Asia that promote the right to health. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the Executive Director (ED) has overall strategic and operational responsibility for Asia Catalyst’s staff, programs, expansion, and execution of its mission in accordance with its core values. S/he will initially develop deep knowledge of the field, core programs, core values, operations, strategic plan and organizational timelines. Responsibilities include Leadership and Management, Fundraising and Communications, and Planning and New Business. To apply please write to info@asiacatalyst.org with a resume, cover letter and short writing sample (no more than 3 pages). Applicants who do not include all these materials will not be considered. We will only contact applicants we wish to interview. The deadline for applications is March 1, 2013. Start Date is July 1, 2013, salary range $85-100,000, commensurate with experience. For more information about Asia Catalyst, visit www.asiacatalyst.org. Asia Catalyst is an equal opportunity employer.

PILnet Director of Development
The Global Network for Public Interest Law is seeking a dynamic Director of Development who will take the lead and deliver the resources needed to keep pace with our ambitious plans. Do you want to make a difference, take on new challenges, and work at a dynamic, fast pace for a growing organization? We would love to hear from you.
The Director of Development reports to the Executive Director and is responsible for conceptualizing, implementing, and expanding on a comprehensive development program, with a chief focus on law firms, corporations, and individual donors. He or she is an integral member of PILnet’s senior leadership team, and partners with PILnet’s Board of Directors to systematically and effectively build the organization’s overall fundraising efforts. The Director of Development manages three full-time staff.
For more information about this position, please visit http://www.pilnet.org/public-interest-law/jobs/22-director-of-development-new-york.html.
To apply: Interested candidates should submit a CV, 1-2 page writing sample, and cover letter that specifically addresses the candidate’s suitability to perform the job responsibilities detailed above to: DoDjob@pilnet.org. Deadline: 28 January, 2013. Start date: Flexible
Salary is commensurate with experience; generous benefits package included.
Only those offered interviews will be contacted.

AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program
Internship Opportunities: http://srhrl.aaas.org/about/internships/

Summer Internships at the Institute for Women’s Policy Research. The Institute for Women’s Policy Research (IWPR) conducts rigorous research and disseminates its findings to address the needs of women, promote public dialogue, and strengthen families, communities, and societies. Interns will provide administrative and research support to researchers. Duties include: assisting with literature reviews and data collection; designing charts, graphs and tables; answering phones; and filing.
Qualifications: Strong organizational skills, good interpersonal skills, interest in policy research and women’s issues; and experience with statistics, economics or social sciences through coursework. Familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel required; knowledge of STATA, SPSS, SAS, and graphics software a plus. Qualitative research skills also a plus.
Summer internships run for a period of 10 weeks, beginning in May or June and ending in July or August. Starting and ending dates are flexible. Interns receive a stipend of $155 per week. To apply: submit a cover letter specifying the internship for which they are applying, a resume, and one confidential (sealed) letter of recommendation. Letters of recommendation must be emailed or sent by mail to the Internship Coordinator directly by the recommender. Those applying for the Research, Communications and Outreach, and Development Internships should also submit a writing sample of 3-5 pages. Applicants may email or mail their materials to yi@iwpr.org or the address below. Application materials due by: March 1, 2013
Internship Coordinator
Institute for Women’s Policy Research
1200 18th Street NW, Suite 301
Washington , DC 20036
Visit http://www.iwpr.org/about/internships for more information.


The deadline for HRC’s 19th annual UC Human Rights Fellowship is February 21, 2013.
These awards enable students to spend 6 to 8 weeks during the summer working domestically or internationally with a human rights organization and returning to report about their experiences. In 2012, students worked in Angola, Mexico, Brazil, Laos, the United States, and many other countries around the world. Registered students at UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union are eligible, with priority given to graduate and returning students. The fellowship stipend is $4,500.
For more information and an application, please visit the HRC website or contact fellowship coordinator Andrea Lampros at 510.643.7215, alampros@berkeley.edu.

Critical Approaches to Human Rights
Open only to doctoral students based at universities within the U.S.
Workshop dates:
Spring – May 29-June 2, 2013 in Chaska, Minnesota
Fall – September 18-22, 2013 in Cambridge, Massachusetts
Peoples and places experiencing political violence, humanitarian disasters, and mass atrocities are notoriously difficult to study. While information and analysis regarding such situations are essential for developing responses and prevention, there are significant challenges for researchers. Building upon scholarship in law, politics, geography, critical social theory, international relations, conflict resolution, and the (rapidly expanding) subfield of transitional justice, this field will critically examine what counts as human rights, as well as how human rights are counted. Our central aim with this research field is to infuse doctoral research designs, at the critical stage of conception, with an understanding of the epistemological and empirical challenges of studying human rights.

Grant: UN Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women is accepting applications for its 17th grant cycle

The Crowley Program in International Human Rights Fellow, Fordham Law School
The Crowley Program is administered by a fellow who is a law school graduate. As a member of the adjunct faculty of Fordham Law School, the Fellow will teach a seminar in human rights in preparation for the annual fact-finding project during the spring semester. The additional responsibilities of the fellow are substantial: planning all substantive and logistical aspects of the fact-finding project, participating in the project, writing and publishing a post-project report, and day-to-day administration of the program, including running a year-round lecture series, advising students seeking international human rights internships and post-graduation employment, and coordination with the human rights community.
The fellowship is a 16-month position, totaling a commitment of three semesters. The fellowship begins in mid-August 2013. The Fellow’s annual salary is $55,000 for the first year and $60,000 for the final semester, and includes benefits.
Applicants should send a statement of interest (including detailed description of your international human rights experience, teaching/mentoring/advising experience, language skills, and how the fellowship will advance your professional goals), a résumé/CV, a law school transcript (scans are acceptable), and at least two letters of recommendation by February 1, 2013 in one complete application package to LeitnerCenter@law.fordham.edu. Letters of recommendation may be emailed or mailed separately.
If you prefer to submit a hard-copy application, or if your recommenders are mailing letters, please have them sent to the following:
“2013 Fellowship”
Crowley Program in International Human Rights
Fordham University School of Law
33 West 60th Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10023

Fellowship Program for Historical Dialogue and Accountability
Fall 2013
Columbia University
Columbia University is pleased to welcome applications for the 2013 Fellowship for Historical Dialogue and Accountability. We encourage interested parties from around the world and from a wide range of professional sectors—including, but not limited to, human rights practitioners, journalists, academics, educators, filmmakers, artists—to apply. Applications are being accepted for the 2013 Fellowship for Historical Dialogue and Accountability at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights (ISHR). In the fall semester of 2013 (August 28, 2013 – December 14, 2013) practitioners and students of historical dialogue will have the opportunity to engage in training, networking, project work, and academic study at Columbia University in New York City. During the Fellowship participants will also design a project that addresses a long standing sectarian conflict, history of repression or past gross human rights violations in their society, country or region.
The program is part of the Alliance for Historical Dialogue and Accountability (AHDA). AHDA offers fully funded fellowships which will cover travel, visa, and accommodation costs as well as a modest stipend to cover day to day living expenses during the program. In exceptional cases, self-funded candidates will be considered. Special funding is available for fellow(s) who address religious conflict.
Historical dialogue and Accountability is a growing field of advocacy and scholarship that encompasses the efforts of conflict, post-conflict, and post-dictatorial societies to come to terms with their pasts.
While historical dialogue is a wide-ranging and interdisciplinary field, it places special emphasis on reaching new generations and considering how the meaning of the past changes with the passage of time; it seeks to give individuals the tools to deconstruct historical narratives for themselves, to challenge past myths, and to consider the evolution of specific narratives about the past and how they continue to influence political, social and cultural structures. In so doing, historical dialogue does not necessarily seek consensus as a goal, but rather an understanding and empathy between stakeholders of multiple and/or conflicting narratives. In other words, it seeks to make visible the causes and consequences of disputed histories; to acknowledge victims; and to involve experts from a wide-range of areas, from academics to officials, from activists to victims and affected communities in an effort to achieve new avenues for moving a society away from conflict.
The comprehensive program provides fellows with the opportunity to hone practical skills in fundraising, advocacy and leadership; to develop a deeper understanding of and engagement with the past; and to foster mutually beneficial relationships with their peers and with international and non-profit organizations in New York.
For fellowship guidelines and application form, please go to www.hrcolumbia.org/ahda/fellowship.
Deadline: March 1, 2013

Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellowship in Women & Public Policy. IWPR will offer one fellowship for 2013-2014: The Mariam K. Chamberlain Fellow works as a general research assistant on a variety of research projects and reports. Research tasks may include reviewing literature; collecting, checking and analyzing data; gathering information; and preparing reports and report graphics. Attending relevant Congressional briefings, policy seminars and meetings is also an integral part of the fellowship program. Applicants should have at least a bachelor’s degree in a social science discipline, statistics, or women’s studies. Graduate work is not required. Applicants should have strong quantitative and library research skills and knowledge of women’s issues; familiarity with Microsoft Word and Excel is required. Knowledge of STATA, SPSS, SAS, or graphics software a plus. Qualitative research skills also a plus.
Compensation for the fellowship is $27,000 over the 9-month period, plus health insurance and a public transportation stipend. The position is full-time and generally spans the academic year (September-May), but starting and ending dates are somewhat flexible.
To Apply: Applicants should email or mail a cover letter, a resume, a list of relevant classes taken (this list can be included with the resume), a 3-7 page writing sample, and two confidential (sealed) letters of recommendation to the Fellowship Coordinator at yi@iwpr.org or the address below.
Fellowship Coordinator
Institute for Women’s Policy Research
1200 18th Street NW, Suite 301
Washington, DC 20036
Applications for the 2013-2014 Fellowships are due by March 1, 2013.
Visit http://www.iwpr.org/about/fellowships for more information.


International Human Rights Leadership Training Programme Announcement – Call for Applications 2013
The UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights at the University of Connecticut invites applications for the ninth annual International Leadership Training Programme: A Global Intergenerational Forum, to be held August 9 – 18, 2013 in Storrs, Connecticut. Applications must be received by March 8, 2013.
The Forum seeks to empower young leaders by involving them in finding solutions to emerging human rights problems, and nurturing individuals to be effective leaders in the field of human rights. To this end, the Forum will:
• Introduce participants to the United Nations Millennium Development Goals and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
• Build a network of solidarity among human rights leaders
• Expand the knowledge relevant to human rights practice
• Provide tools and a platform for open debates
• Provide programmes, activities and processes necessary for human rights leadership
• Promote the sharing of experiences and understanding
• Showcase speakers on such topics as: health and human rights, education, the environment, the plight of child soldiers, the use of media, fundraising, conflict resolution and transformation; litigation and advocacy
• Emerging human rights issues
The UNESCO Chair will provide all conference participants with dormitory housing, meals, ground transportation in Connecticut, resource materials and a certificate of participation. Participants will be responsible for providing their own airfare to Connecticut upon acceptance.
Young people between the ages of 18-30, with community service experience, and with demonstrated ability to work on solutions to human rights problems, should apply. Relevant issues include, but are not limited to, human trafficking, the plight of children, refugees, hunger, HIV/AIDs, gender discrimination, racism, classism, the environment and peace education.
Conference will be held in English only. Fluency in English is required. Applicants will be selected based on the strength of their application essay, demonstrated commitment to human rights (practical/hands-on experience), potential impact on the individual and their potential contribution to the Forum, regional and gender representation.
Programme details and application material can be accessed by linking to http://www.unescochair.uconn.edu/upspecialevents.htm
The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law is pleased to announce the opening of the application period for the Program of Advanced Studies on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law that will be offered from May 28 to July 15 of 2013. This Program offers 19 courses in English and Spanish lectured by over 39 scholars of relevance in the field of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and gathers more than 170 participants from more than 40 different countries and with different levels of professional experience. The Academy on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law provides through this Program the unique opportunity to learn and interact with judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Court of Justice (ICJ), Special Rapporteurs of United Nations, members of the Inter-American Commission and Court on Human Rights, recognized members of NGOs and professors from all over the world. The Program is offered in three categories which include the modality of Certificate of Attendance for foreign students, ABA Credits for U.S. students and finally, the Diploma Course that is offered to a select group of 35 law professionals who fulfill the admission requirements. The application form for this program is available at http://www.wcl.american.edu/hracademy/app.cfm.

The next International Summer Academy on Peacebuilding & Intercultural Dialogue by Institute for Peace and Dialogue (IPD) which will take place in Vienna, Austria from 1-11 September.
We strongly work on how we can fully or partially fund potential participants expenses from Non-OECD countries but this kind of hard works depends from philanthropic donations, grants and financial aid. On the same time we recommend you to apply for financial opportunities from your government, scholarship programs and sending institutions, if possible.
A scholarship will reduce the program fee partially. The sum is set individually, since it depends to the individual application and the available funds which vary yearly.
International travel expenses and other related costs (visa & insurance) are not included in the scholarship.
For more information please visit our web page http://www.ipdinstitute.at/International-Summer-Academy/

The Refugee Law Project (RLP), School of Law, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda, in collaboration with the African Transitional Justice Research Network (ATJRN), is now accepting applications to its 3rd Institute for African Transitional Justice (IATJ), to be held from 17th – 23rd March 2013, at the National Memory and Peace Documentation Centre in Kitgum, Uganda.
The IATJ is an annual week-long residential programme designed to examine critical transitional justice issues in the context of Africa, and to catalyse the development of African Transitional Justice systems.
This year’s thematic focus will be: “Prosecuting Crimes or Righting Wrongs: Which Way Forward?”
Please see here http://www.refugeelawproject.org/ for further details about this Institute as well as the procedure of submitting applications. Deadline for submitting applications is 10th February 2013

Upcoming meeting of the AAAS Science and Human Rights Coalition, which will be held on January 31-February 1, 2013 at AAAS headquarters in Washington, DC.
To register, please go to: https://www.signup4.net/public/ap.aspx?EID=AAAS19E&OID=130

Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations (HIPSIR) is now accepting applications for MA degree in peace studies and international relations. Please send in your application by 15th March 2013. Applicants should have attained 2nd Class Upper in their BA degree. HIPSIR is part of
Hekima College, which is a constituent college of Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA).
To apply write to:
Hekima Institute of Peace Studies and International Relations
P.O. Box 21215-00505 Nairobi-Kenya
Cell: 0729755905 or 0733616865
Website: www.hekimacollege.org
Email: admin.hipsir@hekimacollege.org

CEU Summer School
Strategic Human Rights Litigation (15-19 July, 2013) Course director: Ben
Batros, Litigation, Open Society Justice Initiative, New York, USA
Human rights litigation is one of the methods by which civil society
organizations can bring about social change. This course for human rights
professionals will develop the skills and knowled! ge needed to successfully
bring cases to the regional human rights systems and the UN Treaty bodies,
and to use those cases to achieve practical change.
Participants will be invited to provide information on concrete cases that
they are involved in which will be discussed during the course.
Target group:
The course invites applications from human rights litigators and activists
with 3 years’ working experience, who are seeking to enforce the rights of
the individual against the state. Some participants will have a legal
background, and will be involved in bringing cases before the courts. Others
may be professionals wishing to develop their skills in these new areas, but
will bring experiences of other forms of human rights work.
Application deadline: Febr 15, 2013

The European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation (EIUC) is proud to launch the 17th edition of its European Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation (E.MA).
E.MA provides students with the opportunity to share knowledge and skills with leading scholars from 41 prestigious European Universities and renowned human rights experts, in the classroom and during a week-long field trip.
You can find a short overview of the Programme below and more detailed application information on our website http://www.eiuc.org/ema
Applications for the academic year 2013/2014 are processed on an on-going basis in two rounds:
*First round deadline: 15 January 2013 *
*Second round deadline: 15 March 2013 *
Find our more at

The second Luxembourg Forum on “Human Rights Education and beyond” is organised under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr. Thorbjørn Jaglandland by the European University Foundation-Campus Europae and the UNESCO Chair for Human Rights of the University of Luxembourg and sponsored by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research of the Government of the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg
Agenda (in PDF format)
The Forum will be held at the 7th of March 2013 in the Abbey Neumünster. Please register with the Secretariat of European University Foundation – Campus Europae at: contact@campuseuropae.org.
We are now accepting applications for our Six-Week Women’s Human Rights Education Institute held in Toronto from May 22 – June 28, 2013. Maximum enrolment is twenty, so apply early!
We are also taking applications for the “CEDAW for Change” One-Week Women’s Human Rights Education Institute, which will run this June 3 – 7, 2013.
(Note: the CEDAW for Change is also included in the 6-week WHRI—it can be taken alone or as part of the longer institute).
Experience the Women’s Human Rights Education Institute co-founded and led by WHRI Academic Director Alda Facio, Costa Rican feminist jurist and activist, along with a diverse set of additional faculty. Don’t miss this incredible chance to learn about the UN Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) and how to integrate it into your work and activism.
Details below. Visit our website at www.learnwhr.org for more information.
NOTE: A limited number of partial and full scholarships are available for applicants from the Global South in financial need—see the website for full details.

    Health and Human Rights Journal call for submissions: http://hhrjournal.org/submissions.php

Call for Papers: Institute for the Study of Human Rights 2013 Human Rights Essay Contest. Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights is pleased to announce the 2013 Human Rights Essay Contest. The contest aims to encourage and acknowledge students who have written exceptional academic papers that address issues related to human rights. Cash prizes will be awarded to two graduate students and two undergraduate who are currently enrolled at Columbia University. Students do not have to be enrolled in a human rights program to participate. Authors of outstanding papers may also have the opportunity to present at a student colloquium on campus.
Topic: Papers may be written in any discipline or from a multi-disciplinary perspective. It may be a critical analysis, theoretical examination, or research paper, as long as it addresses issues and ideas that have substantial bearing on human rights questions.
Deadline for submission: Monday, January 28, 2013
Students submit their papers by uploading them here: http://hrcolumbia.org/academic/contest/

Call for Papers
7th ECPR General Conference, Sciences Po Bordeaux, 4th-7th September 2013
Session Title: Transitional Justice
Panel Title: Resisting and Contesting Transitional Justice
The absence of transitional justice institutions or their poor implementation are often said to be due to lack of political will. Unintended outcomes and negative impacts of dealing with the past processes are considered to be failures. However, such assessments and evaluations are always made on the basis of a certain conceptualization, model or norm of transitional justice which crystallized over the years and became part of peacebuilding efforts.
In cases of such ‘failed’ transitional justice processes we often observe contestation and resistance at different stages: in the design of its institutions, in their implementation and in the delivery of results. They might indicate underlying power relations, the imposition of a particular concept by powerful actors or attempts of political manipulation of transitional justice. Resistance and contestation may also develop over the question of agency, participation and representation. Finally, contestation and resistance over the substance of transitional justice and the question of whose understandings of justice, truth and reconciliation are represented may point to divergent or alternative visions of a just and peaceful society.
Therefore, in this panel we are looking at transitional justice as a political process of negotiated values and power relations. Such an approach to transitional justice does not dismiss resistance and contestation as deviant or analytically irrelevant, nor does it lead us to take into account resistance and contestation in a mere instrumentalist approach, e.g. understanding them in order to be able to ‘tackle’ them. We are thus interested in questions such as who resists and contests transitional justice, how resistance and contestation manifest themselves in a particular context and what are their underlying reasons. We welcome theoretical and empirical papers from various approaches and disciplines to look at the outcomes and impact of transitional justice mechanisms through the lens of resistance and contestation.
Please submit abstracts of around 300 words to Sandra Rubli (sandra.rubli@swisspeace.ch) by 1st February 2013, feedback will be given latest by 1st April 2013.

Issue No. 18 – Call for Papers
Deadline: March 1st, 2012
Conectas Human Rights (Brazil), Article 19 (UK/Brazil) and Fundar (México) invite scholars and practitioners to submit articles for Sur Journal’s Issue No. 18, to be published in July 2013, which shall focus on the themeInformation and Human Rights.
Sur – International Journal on Human Rights is published twice a year by Conectas, in partnership with and with the support of Fundação Carlos Chagas. It is edited in three languages (English, Portuguese and Spanish), distributed free of charge to approximately 2,400 readers in more than a hundred countries, and can be fully accessed online at www.surjournal.org.
In its 18th issue, SUR intends to promote a debate on the relationship between information and human rights.
Does access to information contribute to warrant human rights? Does publicizing information about atrocities committed in the past, for example, contribute to avoid them in the present? Or does it only polarize society, contributing to new human rights violations? Does naming and shaming States, businesses and other groups that commit human rights violations help combat them? Does the way in which the media portrait human rights violations contribute to perpetuate the scenarios in which they occur or does it help mobilize people and organizations to combat them? Is there a right to communication? Can Internet tools help avoid human rights violations?
Those are some of the questions that SUR would like to see discussed in its number 18. We invite scholars and practitioners to submit articles that may contribute to this debate, either by taking stock of local and international access to information policies and mechanisms of accountability or by examining state and non-state initiatives to use information to combat human rights violations. We also welcome critical accounts of experiences where lack of transparency or information misuse contributed to cause or perpetuate violations. We are especially interested in articles reflecting on the practice of governmental bodies, civil society organizations and/or the media – and that can thus serve to inform new policies and programs.
We particularly welcome articles reflecting on:
Access to information:
Access to information as a way to monitor public policies that affect human rights (e.g. access to information on police brutality, on governmental budgets and on the real access of vulnerable groups to rights such as the right to health, the right to education etc.): best practices, such as experiences where organizations promoted change based on governmental information, and “bad practices”, or instances where lack of access to information contributed to perpetuate human rights violations;
Access to information as a tool for social participation through which legislative, judiciary and executive decisions and conducts might be subject to public monitoring, allowing/or not an effective accountability system.
Access to information as a way to publicize and/or redress past violations (truth commissions, amnesties etc.): reflections on how information on atrocities committed in the past have contributed to amalgamate peace or, on the contrary, polarize society and/or promote new violations by reopening wounds.
How the existence (or absence) of access to information legislation impacts practice in different contexts: comparative studies, assessments on the effect of access to information legislation and other mechanisms and related issues.
International accountability mechanisms:
Universal Periodic Review: analyses on their impact and efficacy, as well as on the role of non-state actors in their preparation and monitoring;
Reflections on the usefulness (i.e. reach and limitations) of other UN bodies report-writing systems, as well as of the information produced by special rapporteurs.
Analyses on how the Open Government Partnership could be used as a new accountability system and its relationship with international mechanisms.
Publication and dissemination of information on human rights violations as a way to combat them:
Naming and Shaming: challenges faced and success stories by organizations that use this strategy to combat human rights violations by state agents or by large corporations, as well as reflections on its efficacy and critical views about it;
Use of internet tools and social networks to denounce violations and mobilize people: reach and limitations of slacktivism, strategies used by successful campaigns and lessons learned with unsuccessful ones.
Media practices and their relation to human rights:
How the ways in which the media portrait human rights violations contribute to improve scenarios where they occur or to make them more acute, as well as how the media influences policies that affect human rights;
Accounts of how information generated by and about minorities and other disadvantaged groups has made them more visible and thus contributed to warrant their rights.
Freedom of information and expression as human rights:
Challenges to freedom of information and expression and strategies to overcome them;
Concentration of media property and lack of access to media as a violation of human rights.
International and regional legislation and mechanisms on information, access to information and transparency.
The list above is not exhaustive. Articles on issues related to the journal’s central theme, but which are not mentioned above, are also welcome. SUR 18 will also include material about human rights topics not pertaining to the specific theme. Articles dealing with other issues, therefore, will also be considered by the journal’s Editorial Committee.
Articles submitted to Sur Journal are evaluated by external reviewers in a blind review process. The final selection of the articles takes these external reviews into consideration and is based on a comparison of the articles submitted for each issue. The Editorial Board does not provide reasons for rejecting articles.
Since distribution of the journal is free of charge, we unfortunately cannot remunerate the authors. Regarding copyright, Sur Journal uses Creative Commons 2.5 license to publish articles (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/deed.pt), thereby preserving the rights of the author.
Contributions should be sent electronically (in Microsoft Word format) to the email address artigo.sur@conectas.org and follow the guidelines listed below:
Maximum length: 70,000 characters (including footnotes);
Footnotes must be concise (the rules for citation may be found at http://www.surjournal.org/rules12.php);
Submissions must include:
A short biography of the author (maximum 50 words);
An abstract (maximum 150 words);
Keywords for bibliographic classification;
The date in which the article was written.
Only submissions received by March 1st , 2013 will be considered for Issue No. 18. Articles received after this date will be considered for SUR’s next issue.

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