About PHRG

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, methodological and empirical, to current human rights and international relations issues while actively favouring the development of a solid multi- and inter-disciplinary and multi-level approach to peace and 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 by Antonio Papisca), PHRG is the latest expression of the long-standing scientific expertise of this Centre, which has included Pace Diritti dell’Uomo, Diritti dei popoli, Padova: Liviano and Cleup (1987-1996); and 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). PHRG is six-monthly and completely open access. 

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,  international politics and organisation, international and cosmopolitan democracy, national and European foreign policy, civil society transnational networking, religions and human rights, city diplomacy, local policies and services, 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, Western Sydney University and the University of Nicosia – in Human Rights, Society and Multi-level Governance.


PHRG is indexed in Google Scholar, Ebsco Host, The Database of Open Access Journal (DOAJ), the European Reference Index for the Humanities and the Social Sciences (ERIH PLUS).

PHRG is included in the Anvur's list of scientifc journals for Areas 12 and 14.

Peer review policy

PHRG editors make 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. PHRG editors 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 10 weeks. During that time each manuscript undergoes a rigorous double blind review by at least 2 independent expert reviewers. The possible outcome 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.


Issues are published under CC BY-NC-SA license.

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Publication charges

There is no submission or publication fee.

Current Book Series of the University of Padova Human Rights Centre

Italian Yearbook of Human Rights

Peter Lang’s Human Rights Studies Series

Previous Series of the University of Padova 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

Logo font: Lemon/Mint by Marsnev