2021-2022 theme: Solidarity in an Interconnected World
This is an open call for blog posts. The CHRLP invites as wide a diversity of voices as possible to submit posts on critical questions touching on the above theme and intersecting with human rights and (or) legal pluralism.
Possible discussion themes related to the concept of solidarity could include, but are not at all limited to: public health; anti-racism movements; labour rights; gender expression and gender-based violence; climate action and justice. See current posts on this theme.
Some reflections on the theme:
Shared Vulnerability and Shared Responsibility
The COVID-19 pandemic laid bare the inherent vulnerabilities of human society and the reality that no state is immune to the effects of globalization. The past year, where the pandemic and global social movements have been front and center, has highlighted long-existing inequalities that — while borne more by some than others — impact us all. The COVAX initiative, which seeks to ensure equitable access to vaccines globally, aptly describes the gravity of such effects in saying, “…no one is safe unless, everyone is safe.”
In the face of interconnected threats, challenges, but also possibilities, it is in the best interest of all that these concerns are addressed collectively. Without a shared vision for the future, backed by the demonstration of collective responsibility, it would not be possible to foster an equitable and sustainable future for humanity. There is no moving forward, unless it is together.
Unity Through Diversity
International solidarity is foundational to the very idea of human rights, development, and the economic system. Solidarity allows for cooperation through a recognition of our common humanity, and acts as a bridge across diverse societies. As we continue the work to fulfill the promise of dignity and equality for all, international solidarity demands collective action among and across individuals, civil society, and the private sector.
In order to redress historical wrongs and reform present structures of inequalities, our duty to cooperate demands the rethinking, reframing, and overcoming of physical distances, cultural differences, and state borders.
How to submit a post
Authors are asked to adhere to the following standards when submitting their piece. Anything not mentioned here is at the discretion of the author.
We accept original pieces on a rolling basis, and aim for publication within 3-4 weeks from reception, provided the submission requirements are respected. Please be mindful that we are not personal editors and will not accept partially edited pieces. Only advanced drafts will be accepted.
To be considered for publication, a blog post must fulfill the following criteria:
- Short, incisive and argument-driven piece, 800-1200 words
- 12-point, Times New Roman font with 1” or 1.5” spacing
- Change in sections with a single line
- Short subtitles, left-aligned in bold lettering
- In-text hyperlinks encouraged
- Citations and footnotes not necessary, but if included, formatted in adherence with the Canadian Guide to Uniform Legal Citation, 9th edition.
First read: The blog editors require 1-2 weeks to do a first read, after which the revised piece will be returned to the author with editorial comments and recommendations. These recommendations are intended to be constructive (rather than mandatory), and a collaborative approach is invited and most welcome.
Second read: The author is then asked to submit a revised draft, at which time the editors will do a second read. If the editors find the piece ready, they will proceed with publication. If further drafts are requested, the editors will be in touch with the author.
Image to accompany the post: When submitting the first or second draft, the author is asked, if possible, to send a high-resolution evocative image (to which they have the rights; reference included, please) to illustrate the piece. If no such image is available, the editors, in consultation with the author, will procure one from the public domain.
Bio and photo of the author: When submitting the first or second draft, the author is asked to send a short bio of 2-3 sentences and, if comfortable, a high-resolution portrait-style photograph for posting on the web.
Note: The editors retain the right to refuse, at any moment in the above process, to publish a piece. Considerations for the refusal will be communicated to the author.
Submissions should be emailed to human.rights [at] mcgill.ca
2020-2021 Theme: Inclusive Citizenship and Deliberative Democracy
Under this theme, the blog published 11 posts in 2020-2021. Topics covered a wide range but also had a thread of moral outrage and disillusionment with the state and societal failure to deliver on the promise of dignity and equality for all – a commitment made 72 years ago in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Contributors discussed inclusive health care and systemic racism, local challenges in Ethiopia, Indonesia, and also the heroic death of Joyce Echaquan. Our thanks to all who contributed.
2019-2020 Theme: “Reclaiming Universal Human Rights in a Plural Global Order: Opportunities and Challenges”
Under this theme, the blog reviewed and published 18 original pieces. Topics were both reflective and forward-thinking and ranged from calls to action on ending systemic racism to addressing violence against women journalists, the importance of artistic freedom, and the universality of traditions of human rights.
2018-2019 Theme: “The UDHR at 70; Pasts, Presents and Futures”
Under this theme, the blog reviewed and published 22 original essays from 20 different contributors, interacting with cutting-edge research on a variety of issues. Topics ranged from theories of global human rights, to corporate social responsibility, NGO responsibility for the actions of their agents, the Pittsburgh and Christchurch massacres and constitutionalism and society-state relations in the Middle-East. Leveraging the CHRLP’s extensive international networks, the blog captured rich and diverse perspectives from both young and established scholars and advocates.