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Guidelines for the Review Section

In line with the Journal’s character the review section will have an inclusive approach to human rights practice. In addition to reviews of academic books, the section will include reviews of other products of the human rights world, such as reports by human rights NGOs, UN bodies, humanitarian agencies and so on. Where there is a direct link to human rights, reviews of novels, films and plays will also be considered. We will particularly encourage contributions that cross the academia-practice divide, for example academics reviewing NGO reports or practitioners reviewing academic books. In all cases, we will look for a focus on the world of human rights practice and practitioners.

To give a taste of what we are after, the first review section of the Journal included a criminologist reviewing a Human Rights Watch report on criminal violence in Nigeria; an Amnesty International researcher reviewing a book on torture in the USA; a specialist on Bosnia reviewing a cluster of books on lessons from the Bosnia war; and an expert on dealing with the past in Northern Ireland reviewing a novel on the issue.

Reviews will be of two types:
• Review Note: addressing one item, 800-1000 words, without additional references;
• Review Essay: clustering two or more items under one theme, 2000-4000 words, including references to other works where necessary.

In general the reviews have two goals: first, as a service for the Journal’s readers, recommending to them works that they should be aware of; and second, as an opportunity for the reviewers to develop and share their own ideas on the issue at question. A balance between the two will be desirable.

If potential contributors wish, review essays can be submitted for blind peer-review, so they could count as a peer-review publication for academic purposes.

For style, follow the Journal’s general style guide.

Please send suggestions for reviews to the Review Editor