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COVID-19: The Protection of Human Rights in the Pandemic Era – Challenges and Responses

The COVID-19 ongoing crisis has been characterised by the introduction of strict and far-reaching governmental measures restricting fundamental rights to an unprecedented extent for western post-World War II democracies. The Cyprus Human Rights Law Review (CHRLR) aims to contribute to the debate by inviting interested scholars and researchers to submit their contributions on the challenges raised by the pandemic regarding the protection of human rights both in the European Human Rights Law (the ECHR and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights), as well as the European and comparative national constitutional context.

We urge prospective authors to propose papers on the various aspects the current crisis in relation to human rights law both on the national and the supranational level. Following below is a purely indicative general list of topics from which interested authors may draw ideas:

  • The impact of COVID-19 on human rights, the rule of law and democracy
  • The normalisation of the limitations imposed on human rights protection in a democratic context
  • Legal, social, and political notions of the State of Exception
  • The protection of human rights in the COVID-19 era on the national and supranational level
  • A comparative assessment of the impact of the health crisis on human rights
  • European and global perceptions of fundamental rights in a pandemic

Submission Instructions

  • Authors should consult the Journal’s guidelines for submission
  • For specific academic enquiries, please contact CHRLR Publications Editor via
  • Interested scholars should send their papers to the following email address later than 15 June 2021, 12.00 a.m. EET.
  • All submissions should be identified in the email subject with the heading ‘CHRLR 2021, COVID-19 Special Issue

About The Cyprus Human Rights Law Review

The Cyprus Human Rights Law Review was first established under the European Human Rights Law Institute and published by Intersentia, between 2012 and 2014. It is now being relaunched by the School of Law of the University of Nicosia and the European Human Rights Law Institute.

The Cyprus Human Rights Law Review aims to promote knowledge, appreciation and constructive discussion on matters of primarily European Human Rights Law (the ECHR and the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights) and the European national constitutional context. The Review publishes articles and case notes that consider human rights from an international to domestic context, book reviews, analysis of recent jurisprudence and practice of international and regional human rights systems and analysis of recent and relevant jurisprudence and practice of national courts and other domestic authorities. While primarily academic in focus, the Review is also of interest to the wider international human rights community.


The Editorial Team of The Cyprus Human Rights Law Review is:

Editor-in-Chief: Dr Christos Papastylianos, Associate Professor, Head, Department of Law, University of Nicosia

Editorial Team

Dr Costas Stratilatis, Associate Professor, University of Nicosia

Dr Stergios Mitas, Assistant Professor, University of Nicosia

Dr Theodora Christodoulidou, Counsel, Republic of Cyprus

Dimitrios Kourtis, Research Assistant, University of Nicosia

Publications Editor: Theognosia Kouspi, Research Assistant, University of Nicosia

Managing Editors: Leto Cariolou, Director, European Human Rights Law Institute and Prof. Achilles C. Emilianides, Dean, School of Law University of Nicosia

See the original announcement here.

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