Groningen Journal of International Law

International Law Under Construction

Call for Papers


The University of Groningen’s Centre for Religion, Conflict and Globalisation (CRCG) and the Groningen Journal of International Law (GroJIL) are pleased to announce an interdisciplinary workshop on the theme: ‘The Universal Declaration at 70: What Next for Human Rights?’

What: Interdisciplinary workshop on human rights
When: Monday, November 26th, 2018
Where: Courtroom, Oude Boteringestraat 38, University of Groningen


In December 1948, the UN General Assembly proclaimed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights “a common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations.” Seventy years later, however, the Declaration’s lofty aspirations have proved difficult to meet. Governments around the world trumpet their commitment to rights-based norms, but fail to put them into practice. Charities are accused of violating the rights they seek to spread. Scholars question the cross-cultural applicability of these ostensibly “universal” standards. Yet rights remain a powerful tool, inspiring individuals and organisations throughout the world.

On the occasion of the Declaration’s 70th anniversary, the CRCG and GroJIL invite paper proposals from researchers investigating any aspect of human rights theory and/or practice for an interdisciplinary workshop on the theme ‘The Universal Declaration at 70: What Next for Human Rights?’ Paper topics may include (but are not limited to) the ongoing potential of human rights; reforming human rights; conflicts of rights; human rights and the “refugee crisis”; human rights, gender, and sexuality. We welcome papers from disciplines including anthropology, economics, international relations, law, philosophy and religious studies.

The workshop will be followed by a public lecture by Professor Conor Gearty, Professor of Human Rights Law at the London School of Economics, UK.


To apply, please submit a title and a 200 word abstract outlining your proposed paper to m.mcivor[at] AND board[at] by August 31st, 2018. Please also include a brief biographical note stating your current university affiliation. (Papers will last 20-25 minutes, but will not be pre-circulated.) We particularly encourage PhD students and early career researchers at the University of Groningen to apply.

For more information about the workshop, please contact Dr Méadhbh McIvor at m.mcivor[at] or the GroJIL Board at board[at]


The Groningen Journal of International Law (GroJIL) now receives submissions on general topics related to international law for its Volume 6, Issue II to be published December 2018. For more details see below.

The GroJIL is a not-for-profit, open access electronic journal. It is led and edited by students at the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. It seeks to advocate an outlook where legal change, rather than legal description, is at the forefront. Consequently, we particularly welcome submissions that use innovative methods and/or suggest new solutions to overcome the contemporary issues facing international law.


The Journal is open to all contributions on international law and particularly interested in receiving articles that specifically focus on how international law should engage with emerging challenges.


The Editorial Board will select the articles after a quality of research and writing check, as well as according to the relevance of the topic. It also undertakes the responsibility of reviewing the articles as regards both language and formatting. The word limit for accepted articles is 12,000 words. For more detailed information please consult the GroJIL author guidelines to be found here.

The Editorial Board now considers submissions for GroJIL 6(2) to be published in December 2018. The editorial board generally commits itself to reviewing manuscripts within 30 days. If you want your article to be considered for publication please submit it by sending an email to