The East African Journal of Human Rights and Democracy
Vol. 5 December 2009
Call for Papers
Climate Change and Human Security in Eastern and the Horn of Africa
The East African Journal of Human Rights and Democracy is the flagship of the East African school of Human Rights. It is peer-reviewed and is published four times each year in March, June, September and December. It is published in electronic format with a final edition issued in December each year as a paper compendium edition containing all the issues for the year. It is a multidisciplinary review Journal that publishes articles on a broad spectrum of human rights, democracy, social justice and human security issues including corruption, crime, small arms control, peace-building initiatives, conflict management as well interplay between economics, politics, society, culture and human security concerns. It focuses on the Eastern Africa region including the Horn of Africa, the Great Lakes Region but welcomes contributions that take an International approach. The Journal has been published since 2003.
The Journal welcomes a variety of articles including feature, country reports, research essays, commentaries and book reviews.
Submissions are peer reviewed by at least two expert readers to ensure they are appropriate for publication. The East African School of Human Rights house Style
for scholarly papers is available on our web page or on the inside back cover of the Journal.
Call for Papers
The world attention is fixed on the Copenhagen conference on climate change later 2009 and there is lively debate around the world on this subject. Climate change and the science around it have been viewed as a scientific, economic and technological process. Climate change is however now appreciated to touch at the core of human rights and human security, welfare and prospects for human development and especially in developing countries. The normative framework for human development set out in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is threatened by climate change and more so because of its implications for food and water security and equity. Regional and international security dimensions abound and relate to possible climate change triggers on migration, emergence of disease and conflicts. Many of these trends have been manifest over the past quarter century in Eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa. The region has witnessed human security-related impacts of climate change for in conflict over resource, increasingly fragile ecosystems, tenuous livelihoods and livelihood systems and a significant lack of coping mechanism for local populations in the region.
Though climate change touches on the aspirational aspects of human rights like the right to water, food and harmonious environment, there is increased evidence that these issues and others meet the 'human rights threshold' to permit their examination using human rights and human security norms and standards. It is anticipated that this edition of the journal will add much needed new perspectives to our appreciation of the subject of climate change and its implications for Eastern Africa region. Further, it is projected that this edition of the journal will generate an agenda for structured research and interrogation of the subject and the implications for society in the foreseeable future.
The Journal is calling for papers for its December 2009 issue on volume 5. The focus of
this edition is ' Climate Change and Human Security in Eastern Africa and the Horn of Africa'. This issue will explore among others the following issues:
• Climate change and the normative development frameworks (MDGs etc.)
• Climate change and food security
• Climate change and resource scarcity
• Climate Diplomacy, conflict resolution, peace and development
• Regional and international cooperation in mitigating the impacts of climate change
• Climate change, ethics, state fragility and governance
• Litigation and the use of human rights instruments
• Climate change, culture, adaptation, science and technology
• Climate change, (Inter-generational) equity and justice
• Climate change, health and demographic dynamics
Papers should consider this subject from the perspective of the normative framework for human security and development as stipulated in the Millennium Development Goals. But more significantly, papers should address the implications of climate change on the development and human security in the face of other global challenges.
The Journal is seeking short papers and think pieces (around 5000 words) on the above subject from scholars, researchers and activists in Eastern Africa and around the world.
The articles should be prepared in accessible English language and should conform to the East African School of Human Rights house style available from the editor.
Book Reviews and Books Received:
The Journal also welcomes short (500-600 words) reviews of books on topics related to Climate Change and Human Security'. These will be published in a 25page section of the Journal as well as a section on new books received and available for review on various subjects. Authors and publishers are therefore encouraged to draw the attention of the Editor to new or forthcoming books for possible review.
Abstracts and Papers
Authors should send a provisional title and 100 word abstract together with a short bio-line to: firstname.lastname@example.org by September 30th 2009. If selected for publication the full papers should reach the editor by 30 October, 2009.
Mapping of Organizations and Networks in Climate Change and Human security
The Journal is also interested to publish short summaries (250 words) and contacts of organizations networks and institutes working on Climate Change and Human Security'.
All submissions must be made electronically in an Ms Word format to Atunga Atuti. O.J at email@example.com by October 25th 2009. Submissions received after this date will not be considered. Papers are received and reviewed on a continuous basis. Early submissions are therefore advised.
Atunga Atuti O.J
Executive Director, East African School of Human Rights
P.O. Box 11391-00100 GPO,
email: firstname.lastname@example.org Email: email@example.com
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