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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Call for Papers: Anti-Trafficking Review Issue 2, to be published Autumn 2013, Special Issue: 'Human Rights at the Border'

Call for Papers: Anti-Trafficking Review
Issue 2, to be published Autumn 2013

Special Issue: 'Human Rights at the Border'
Deadline for Submission: 31 December 2012

It is hard to research, and indeed fight for, human rights in border regions. By their nature borders are often geographically remote and have heightened security controls. They are often zones of exceptionalism, either officially exempted from domestic legal and constitutional protections or with few mechanisms for oversight and accountability of state actions. This exceptionalism as well as heightened border security is increasing risks in the migration process, especially in women's migration. Many people decide that despite barriers and risks they must cross a border for survival, either in terms of economics or safety, and definitions of movement such as trafficking, smuggling, irregular migration and others are irrelevant to them. In many cases, at the point of a border crossing, it is not possible for practitioners to tell if people are being strictly trafficked or whether they fall in another category, yet the risks created by border systems and the violations experienced by individuals at borders are not to be left out of conversations on trafficking and of migrants' rights more broadly.

The Anti-Trafficking Review calls for papers for a Special Issue 'Human Rights at the Border'. Papers may address: criminalisation of irregular migration, operational understandings of human rights, (non)identification of violations, human rights implications of screening for potential trafficking cases, transparency and accountability, discriminatory immigration policies, privatisation of immigration functions, trafficking and migration prevention policies, links between increased border security and trafficking, interceptions and push-backs, broker/agents' rights, and extraterritoriality. The Review welcomes articles that engage empirically grounded analysis of rights-based border-related programs. Also papers can more broadly address how borders and national security measures make migration more expensive and difficult, increasing risks, and, conversely, papers can address positive aspects of border interventions that may uphold human rights.

The Review promotes a human rights based approach to anti-trafficking, and it aims to explore the issue in its broader context including gender analyses and intersections with labour and migrant rights. The journal offers a space for dialogue for those seeking to communicate new ideas and findings. Academics, practitioners and advocates, working for, with and including trafficked persons and migrants are invited to submit articles.

  • Deadline for submission: 31 December 2012
  • Word limit on articles: 4,000, including footnotes and abstract

Please see our Style Guide at before submitting.

Special Issue Guest Editor: Dr. Sverre Molland, The Australian National University
Editor: Rebecca Napier-Moore


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