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Focus and Scope

Cross-cultural Human Rights Review aims to broaden the discourse within the field of human rights, producing stimulating research on the diverse cultural understandings and protection of human rights. In this respect, research focuses not only on human rights, but on related social justice issues.

It refers not only to human rights law, but to how human rights are implemented through social institutions – i.e., including (although not limited to) cultural norms and moral rules, in particular, relating to religion, family, governance, education, and the economy, which are at the core of society. The cross-cultural approach also calls for papers with a focus on research paradigms, including, the decolonial, anticolonial and other relevant frameworks. The CCHRR will not consider multiple submissions or redundant publications.


By broadening the discourse on human rights the CCHRR aims to become a platform for and body of dialogue on the differing discourses on human rights. The CCHRR believes that for human rights to be truly universal a cross-cultural approach is necessary. It aims for its scholarship to be accessible to readers and authors. It hopes to make the debate on human rights that is currently being conducted in the Global South, accessible to a Northern audience, in order to facilitate a proper universal exchange of views. By bringing to the forefront discourses which would end up in fringe publications and translating them into English when necessary.

It will offer a podium in particular to (young) scholars (from the Global South) who are eager to share their views (with Northern colleagues). In this sense, the review will build necessary lines of communication between the Global South and the North, facilitating a proper universal exchange of views and values.


The CCHRR aims at becoming an unrivalled resource for the subject both in the major research libraries of the world and in the private collections of professors and scholars. With an international circulation, the CCHRR will provide its readers with articles in English, and translations of abstracts into Swahili, French, Chinese, Spanish, and Arabic. Frequent theme issues will allow deeper, cutting-edge discussion of selected topics. A book review section is included in every issue keeping you up to date with all the latest information in the field of cross-cultural human rights studies. The Review offers you an easy way to stay on top of your discipline.

Publication Frequency

The CCHRR accepts submissions on a rolling basis. This means that your submission can be sent at any time, all year round, and potential authors do not have to wait for a call before they submit their papers.

Articles are made available as soon as they are ready to ensure that there are no unnecessary delays in getting content publicly available.

Publications will be included in one of our three issues. The CCHRR publishes two General Issues every year around May/June and August/September; and it publishes a Special Thematic Issue around November/December.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There is no embargo on the journal’s publications. Submission and acceptance dates, along with publication dates, are made available on the PDF format for each paper.

Authors of articles published remain the copyright holders and grant third parties the right to use, reproduce, and share the article according to the Creative Commons license agreement.

Authors are encouraged to publish their data in recommended repositories. For a list of generic and subject-specific repositories that meet our peer review criteria, visit the Open Access Directory or

Archiving Policy

The journal’s publisher focuses on making content discoverable and accessible through indexing services. This journal is indexed by Google Scholar and content is LOCKSS enabled.

The CCHRR is archived in the National Library of the Netherlands.


Research Centre. The Review is independent from the Cross-cultural Human Rights Centre. All work done at the journal is seperate from the work at the Centre.


The Cross-cultural Human Rights Review (CCHRR) is a relatively new journal which published its first issues in December 2019. The Review in taking an innovative approach to academic scholarship also releases blogs and ‘features’ (magazine style interviews with authors on recent publications in the field of cross-cultural human rights).  The CCHRR now maintains separately its original website,, which continues to shine a spotlight on the  intriguing and important work of scholars and practitioners in this field through blogs and features. The original site will post news items and events relevant to this field more generally, whilst keeping you up-to-date with publications found in this website.

With the demarcation between this present website and the CCHRR’s original site, the team at the CCHRR are dedicated to ensuring a high quality experience for authors, peer reviewers, scholars and readers using the Review.

Work on the CCHRR's original website,, has been postponed. 

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