Call for papers: World Human Rights Cities Forum

We are calling for papers written under the theme of

Human Rights Cities’ Responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Localisation of Human Rights-Based Solutions for the Development of Inclusive Societies

The deadline for the abstract submission is August 8th (Sunday), 2021.

Since it was first held in 2011, World Human Rights Cities Forum (WHRCF) has solidified its place as an international forum to learn, share and maximise the capacity of expertise and experience in the human rights arena, especially among the human rights cities. The City of Gwangju is hosting the 11th World Human Rights Cities Forum in collaboration with the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and UNESCO. In WHRCF 2021, the theme of “Human Rights in Times of Challenge: A New Social Contract” will be discussed in different thematic sessions and events.

Selected papers will be presented in the Senior Session (for established scholars, experienced human rights practitioners, and PhD holders) or in the Junior Session (for young researchers, rising human rights activists, and graduate students). The organisers reserve the right to publish selected papers in electronic or hard copy formats in the WHRCF Paper Series or in any other publication.

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Deadline 08 August 2021. Please be aware that the session will be conducted virtually via ZOOM, 7 – 10 October 2021. Please submit cover letters, abstracts and final papers to For more information, visit our website at

All papers connected to the topic of the Forum are welcome. If you have any questions regarding the Forum or the call of papers, please do not hesitate to contact Alejandro Fuentes or Ms. Younglee at the Secretariat of the WHRCF.

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