World Human Rights Cities Forum 2022: Call for Papers On Human Rights, Environment and Climate Change

Call for Papers for the Human Rights Paper Session I: Human Rights, Environment and Climate Change – Developing Human Rights­-Based Solutions for Sustainable, Inclusive, and Climate-Resilient Cities

Raoul Wallenberg Institute of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (RWI), BK21 FOUR The Education & Research Program for Fostering Cultural Memory Curators, and the Gwangju International Center (GIC) are co-hosting “Human Rights Paper Session I” and we are inviting researchers, PhD candidates, practitioners, activists, and graduate students to present papers related to the present call on “Human Rights, Environment and Climate Change: Developing human rights-based solutions for sustainable, inclusive and climate-resilient cities”.

Selected papers will be presented during the 12th WHRCF on-site or online.

We (organisers) reserve the right to publish selected papers in electronic or hard copy formats in the WHRCF Paper Series or in any other publication, in particular a peer­ reviewed publication.

Important Dates

  • September 4, 2022: : Abstract submission deadline
  • September 8, 2022: Acceptance notification
  • October 4, 2022: Submission of the advance draft of the paper
  • October 4, 2022: Submission of presentation materials
  • October 12, 2022: Paper Presentation at the 12th WHRCF

Selection Criteria

The selection criteria are originality and innovativeness of the work; relevance to the conference theme and call for papers; as well as geographical and gender balance.


Submit an abstract (not exceeding 500 words) to:

Please, notice that the following information must be included in your submission:

  • The author’s name and affiliation;
  • A short biography (100 words) to be included in the abstract itself;
  • The author’s CV, including a relevant list of publications (maximum 800 words);
  • The author’s contact details, including email address and telephone numbers;
  • Whether you will deliver presentation online or in person at the Forum venue;
  • All information should be submitted in MS-Word format.

Full Paper Submission

Selected authors should submit the advance draft of their papers prior to the Forum. Papers should be at least 2,000 words, not counting the bibliography, and they should follow the APA stylesheet in MS-Word format. The deadline for submission of the advance draft is September 4, 2022.

Accepted participants are expected to submit the final version of their papers on November 15, 2022. Papers’ final version should have a minimum length of 3,000 words, not counting the bibliography, and they should follow the APA stylesheet in MS-Word format.

Additional Information

– Selected abstract and full papers will be published by the WHRCF official website.
– Accommodation for 3 nights will be provided in case of on-site presentation at the 12th WHRCF.
For more information, see the Concept Note of the Call for Papers (click here).

World Human Rights Cities Forum

The World Human Rights Cities Forum (Forum or WHRCF hereafter) is held as an annual event in Gwangju, Republic of Korea, to realise the vision of becoming a human rights city since 2011. The Forum has become a gathering place to share the spirit of justice and community, the same values under which the citizens of Gwangju resisted against the ruthless oppression of the then military regime in May 1980. Within the WHRCF participants exchange experiences on challenges and achieved successes on human rights especially at local level while expanding their own scope of understanding.

Now, the Forum has become a major human rights event and distinctive platform for sharing and networking amongst human rights cities, human rights organisations, activists, and miscellaneous stakeholders in the area of human rights.

Raoul Wallenberg Institute  are proud to be co-organisers.

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