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Call For Papers: HAKI Journal of Human Rights Premiere Issue 2021

                               CALL FOR PAPERS:  HAKI Journal of Human Rights 

                                                            Premiere Issue 2021

A: Aims and Scope

HAKI Journal of Human Rights is an annual peer-reviewed academic journal that seeks to provide researchers, scholars and human rights practitioners with a platform for engaging in human rights theory, practice and advocacy. The journal’s general aim is to broaden the study and practice of human rights by fostering a critical re- examination of existing approaches from an Afrocentric perspective through discussions and debate on relevant themes, and issues on the universal theory and practice of human rights.

This premier issue of the Journal, likely to be published by December 2021, invites analytically rigorous papers, articles, comments on cases, legislation, policies and book reviews pertaining to various thematic areas in Human Rights in Kenya.

B: Following are key topics for this issue

  1. The Constitution of Kenya 2010 and Human Rights
  2. Human Rights of Vulnerable groups
  3. Socio-Economic rights
  4. Language and Human Rights
  5. Prison Reforms
  6. Security and Human Rights
  7. Corporate Social Responsibility
  8. Human Rights and Business
  9. Human Rights, politics, public policy and governance
  10. Data protection and the right to privacy
  11. Media and Human rights

C: Guidelines for Submission of Manuscripts:

  1. The Journal language is
  2. Last date of submission of full paper is Saturday 5 pm,
  3. Only manuscripts of that meettheaimsandscope  of  HAKI  Journal  of  Human Rights will be reviewed.
  4. As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are:
  • Submitting your original work, and that you have the rights to the work;
  • Submitting the work for first publication in the and that it is not being for publication elsewhere and has already been publishedelsewhere;
  • You have and can supply all necessary permissions the of any works not owned you.


  1. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines shall be returned.
  2. Manuscripts received after the stipulated deadline will not considered forreview/publication.


D: Manuscript type

  1. Manuscripts should be submitted via email: hakijhr@uonbi.ac.ke.
  2. The preferred for submissions are as
  •  Articles: 6000–8000 words including references, notes, tables and figures;
  • Notes/Comments: 3000–4000 words;
  • Book Reviews: 1500–2500 words;
  • The articles should include an abstract that is citation free (250- 300 words).
  • Manuscript to contain no more than 50 references (except in exceptional circumstances).

E: Preparing your manuscript for submission

1. Formatting 

  1. Manuscript should be submitted in Word, font 12, Times Roman, double spaced.

    Title and Author Information: the following information should be included:

              Paper title       

             Author and all co-author(s) names

             Affiliation of the institution

             E-mail addresses and contact details of author and all co-authors.

  2. Introduction: This section should be succinct, with no subheading and no references.
  3. Use‘s’ spellings instead of ‘z’ spellings. This means that words ending with ‘ize’, ‘ization’, etc., will be  spelt  with ‘s’ (e.g., ‘recognise’, ‘organise’, ‘civilise’).Use British spellings in all cases rather than American spellings (hence, ‘programme’ not ‘program’, ‘labour’  not ‘labor’, and ‘centre’ and not ‘center’).
  4. Use single quotes throughout. Quotations of 45 words or more should be separated from the text and indented with one space with a line space above and below.
  5. Use ‘twentieth century’, ‘1980s’. Spell out numbers from one to nine, 10 and above to remain in figures. However, for exact measurements, use only figures (3 km, 9 per cent, not %). In addition, use figures for numbered sections of documents (e.g. Article 2 of the Constitution).
  6. Use of italics should be minimised, but used consistently. Tables and figures to be indicated by numbers separately (see Table 1), not by placement (see Table below).
  7. Avoid local references such as ‘our Constitution’, ‘our country’ etc.
  8. For references to males, females or intersex persons, avoid using gender-specific pronouns such as ‘he’ or ‘she’. Instead, pluralize the pronouns or repeat the nouns.
  9. References: HJHR adheres to two methods of Citation.
    1. APA (American Psychological Association) citation Style
    2. OSCOLA (Oxford Standard for the Citation of Legal Authorities) citation style for research papers related to Law & Legal Affairs.
    3. Authors are responsible for ensuring that the information in each reference is complete and accurate.

2.       Editorial Policies

Peer review

  • is a peer-reviewed journal, which follows a doubly blinded review process.
  • Under the process, an author's scholarly work and research is subjected to the scrutiny of other experts at  two different levels in the same field to check its validity and evaluate its suitability for publication.
  • The article would then on be accepted /not accepted or accepted after modification which the author is required to carry out subsequently.


  • HJHR takes issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we shall endeavour to investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice.
  • Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software.
  • Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to:
    • Publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article;
    • Taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution  and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or
    • Taking appropriate legal action.


Email Your Manuscript

Please email your manuscript to editorhakijhr@uonbi.ac.ke. The subject line should carry: CFP HJHR Premiere Issue 2021

Promoting your article

Publication is not the end of the process. You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible through the web link provided in your article.

Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be addressed to the HJHR editorial office as follows:

 Dr. Francis Owakah


Haki Journal of Human Rights

 Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies,

 University of Nairobi, Gandhi Wing,

  3rd Floor, P. O. Box 30197-00100 GPO,

Nairobi, Kenya

E-Mail: editorhakijhr@uonbi.ac.ke

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