The Oxford Human Rights Hub (OxHRH) Blog has fast become a leading source of human rights news and opinion. Since its launch in July 2012, the blog has featured contributions from global leaders in human rights, including Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand; Professor Sir Bob Hepple, Chair of the Equal Rights Trust; Clive Stafford Smith, Director of Reprieve, and Professor Frances Raday, leading human rights advocate and scholar. It has developed a dedicated following, currently attracting over 8000 readers each month.
The OxHRH Blog features news and opinions on recent human rights developments from across the globe, including case law, current litigation, legislation, and activism. Anyone can contribute to the blog, but Oxford academics and graduate students are the core contributors. The blog is edited by a team of graduate students, working under the supervision of Professor Sandra Fredman, Director of OxHRH. Care is taken to restrict posts to a manageable length, making human rights news and commentary accessible.
'We aim to provide a resource for busy human rights academics, lawyers and policy-makers who want to keep on top of global human rights developments and opinions but lack the time to read journal article-length posts,” says, Laura Hilly, managing editor of the blog. “In doing so, we also hope to spark greater reflection and debate over human rights.'
Contributions in recent months have covered a range of themes, including human trafficking, religious freedom, sexual violence, and socio-economic rights.
Professor Fredman notes that 'the diversity of the content on the blog is our greatest strength, reflecting the complex challenges involved in realising human rights while underlining the interconnectedness of human rights principles and practice.'
The Blog forms part of the Oxford Human Rights Hub’s mission to facilitate discussion and debate over human rights. Since its launch in April 2012, OxHRH has developed a global network of human rights lawyers, academics and practitioners, registering over 250 participants from more than 20 countries. In addition to the blog, OxHRH runs a termly seminar series, an annual conference, an interactive website website, social media platforms, and a fortnightly newsletter.
To find out how you can participate in the OxHRH network, please visit the OxHRH website. If you would like to contribute to the OxHRH Blog, please visit the ‘How to Contribute Page’. For further information and enquiries, email firstname.lastname@example.org.