About HRHW

Review Essays & Book Notes

The thematic Review Essays and Book Notes review current literature dealing with major issues in the overlapping thematic areas of human rights, justice and welfare—areas that are now sometimes referred to collectively under the heading of "human security." Hence it encompasses work in a variety of disciplines including international relations, economic and social development, comparative politics, comparative political economy and political theory. 

In particular, HRHW offers reviews of monograph (book) and non-monograph materials (e.g., U.N. and World Bank reports, research studies, policy documents). HRHW also reviews information currently available on the internet, with a special focus on content, complexity, and ease of use. Although the editorial staff of HRHW makes every effort to offer critical assessments of the widest possible variety of human rights-related materials, we certainly cannot cover everything. If you have a suggestion for a book, report or website that you would like to see reviewed, please contact the editors.

The absence of traditional publishing constraints allows the editors of Human Rights & Human Welfare to simply add articles to an open volume each year. Therefore, the editors can provide a steady stream of new material for regular visitors to the website. The editors also maintain an electronic mailing list for those who wish to receive periodic updates on new material as it is added to the website.

Articles appearing in Human Rights & Human Welfare are peer reviewed by members of its multi-national Editorial Review Board. The journal is managed and produced by graduate students of the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, which hosts the publication, in cooperation with an International Consortium of Human Rights Centers, listed below.


The HRHW Roundtable is a forum that attempts to fill the information gaps between the mainstream media, the “blogosphere,” and academic journals. The Roundtable’s hybrid-style combines formal, professional work with the timeliness and accessibility of a blog.

Each month an interdisciplinary panel of academics, policy-makers and practitioners with interest and expertise in foreign affairs receive a focal article from a widely-read publication (e.g., Foreign Affairs, Harper’s or the New York Times Magazine) that addresses an issue or event with clear human rights implications. In turn, each panelist reflects on the article and composes a short response akin to an op-ed.

Topical Research Digest

Human Rights & Human Welfare has developed a Topical Research Digest, which focuses on recent literature in vital areas of human rights. Compiled by a team of graduate student researchers at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, the Digest is an annotated bibliography meant to assist researchers and activists navigate scholarly developments in a particular domain of human rights. Each issue organizes and abstracts recent research and writing on a particular global or regional theme or topic. More than a listing of recent publications, this project intends to be a critical and dynamic guide that helps the reader identify areas where more research and new approaches are needed.

Working Papers

The HRHW Working Papers site posts "works in progress" by scholars, practitioners and graduate students. The site provides a neutral forum for authors to publicize their work and seek comments and feedback from interested colleagues.

The site was first conceived by Josef Korbel School of International Studies' Andrew Mellon Professor and renowned human rights scholar Jack Donnelly, who now serves as co-editor of the new site along with the HRHW Senior Editor. According to the editors, most submissions are near-final drafts that authors are seeking to publish as a stand alone work (such as a report or policy paper) or for publication in a peer-reviewed journal. Postings on the HRHW Working Papers site are intended to foster a kind of "pre-peer-review" process between authors and interested readers. The editors hope that readers will contact authors directly to offer feedback and comments in anticipation of submission of final drafts for peer review.

The editors hope that in the future, conference and panel organizers will consider using the HRHW Working Papers site to host conference submissions as well, in order to facilitate communication between members who will be sharing a panel together.

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