Working Papers

Submission Guidelines

HRHW Working Papers intends to post draft papers 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 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 site can also be used to publicize work that has been accepted for publication in the near future. Editors will update publication information as authors make it available to the editors. Authors are responsible for informing the editors once accepted work has actually been published, and will need to instruct the editors their wishes for archiving the working paper.

Review & Editing

Each submission will be briefly reviewed to assure that it meets minimum, largely technical, scholarly standards (eg, notes as appropriate, not too many typographic errors, avoidance of personal or political invective). Acceptance of a submission for posting does not constitute a favorable opinion or judgment of a paper's content or point of view on the part of the editors.

Accepted submissions will not be edited in any way. We will ensure, however, that there are no technical errors in the posted file, in order to ensure that posted papers are ready for public consumption.

Submission Format

Authors can submit papers electronically (as an attachment to an e-mail) or on disk by mail. Please submit papers in a native work processing format (ie, not as a PDF file). Microsoft Word is the best format. Submissions must be accompanied by the following statement, or some equivalent:

I assert that this work is my own and that it infringes no copyrights, patents, or trademarks. I also authorize HRHW Working Papers to post it on the internet.

Please provide us with your institutional affiliation, address for written correspondence, and e-mail address. Please also provide up to six keywords (besides "human rights").

Submissions can be sent via e-mail to Please note that you a submitting a paper to the HRHW Working Papers site in the subject line of the e-mail message. Those who wish to submit their papers on disk via mail can send it to:

HRHW Working Papers
Josef Korbel School of International Studies
University of Denver
2201 South Gaylord Street
Denver, CO 80208 USA


The editors will add a uniform cover page to each submission, indicating that the paper is copyrighted by the author. HRHW Working Papers asserts no rights nor interests in the work, which remains entirely the property (and responsibility) of the author.

Conference Hosting

The Working Papers series will also "host" human rights conferences by providing either a fully public or limited access space for posting papers being prepared for an upcoming conference. For more information, please contact

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