ISSN 2532-3474 - Padova University Press


Aims and vision

PHRG constitutes a new scientific resource within the increasing and multi-faceted global human rights studies community that aims to present original contributions, both theoretical and empirical, to current human rights issues while actively favouring the development of a solid multi- and inter-disciplinary and multi-level approach to human rights research and dissemination.

Launched during the year of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of the University of Padova Human Rights Centre (founded in 1982), PHRG is the latest expression of the long-standing scientific expertise of this Centre, which includes the review Pace Diritti dell’Uomo, Diritti dei popoli, Padova: Liviano and Cleup (1987-1996); and the review Pace diritti umani – Peace Human Rights, Venice: Marsilio (2004-2013), the Italian Yearbook of Human Rights series, Brussels: Peter Lang (2011- ongoing), and the editing of the Human Rights Studies Series, Brussels: Peter Lang (2011- ongoing).

The main topics of PHRG include, but are not limited to, the relation of human rights and subsidiarity with world order and governance issues, international law, politics and organisation, international and cosmopolitan democracy, national and European foreign policy, civil society transnational networking, city diplomacy, global citizenship, public policy, intercultural dialogue, women’s human rights, the human right to peace, conflict transformation/conflict resolution, education processes, and trafficking of human beings.

PHRG is framed within a solid and complete human rights higher education programme at the University of Padova, which comprises the 3-year BA in Political Science, International Relations and Human Rights, the 2-year MA in Human Rights and Multi-level Governance and the International Ph.D Programme – jointly awarded by the University of Padova (coordinator), the University of Zagreb, Athens-Panteion University and Western Sydney University – in “Human Rights, Society and Multi-level Governance”.


Peer review policy
PHRG makes an initial quality screening process before selecting articles for refereeing. The papers judged to be of insufficient general interest or inappropriate are rejected without formal review, although these decisions may be based on informal advice by external experts. Articles passing the screening process will be sent out for peer review . We aim to reach a first decision on all articles within 4 weeks from the submission. If the article is considered appropriate the Author(s) will receive an email notification from the Managing Editor in 4 weeks, that informs of a target editorial decision date. The usual time from manuscript selection to the author’s receipt of the PHRG’s decision about publication is 8 weeks. During that time each manuscript undergoes a rigorous double blind review by at least 2 reviewers. The possible decisions are a) accepted; b) accepted with minor revisions; c) revise and resubmit (major substantive revisions required and the manuscript must be resubmitted for full review with no guarantee of acceptance); d) reject. PHRG will keep authors informed of the projected date of publication.
Open access policy
PHRG provides immediate open access to its contents on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

Publication charges
There is no submission or publication fee.


Current Book Series of the Human Rights Centre

Italian Yearbook of Human Rights

Peter Lang’s Human Rights Studies Series


Previous Series of the Human Rights Centre

Pace Diritti Umani - Peace Human Rights

Pace Diritti dell’Uomo, Diritti dei popoli




Cover picture: 'Ohne Titel'; by Wassily Kandinsky, 1923, greyscale detail

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