De Ethica Special Issue: “Human Rights – Critical Perspectives”


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De Ethica Special Issue: “Human Rights – Critical Perspectives”

– Publication 2025


Topic Areas: Ethics; Ethics and Human Rights; Theological Ethics; Social and Political Philosophy.

The editors of De Ethica are pleased to announce a special issue in 2025 on Human Rights – Critical Perspectives.

This special issue aims to scrutinize contemporary approaches to human rights and to evaluate the critical potential of theories that acknowledge the ambiguity of human rights as both an instrument of liberation and an ideology of power. Traditionally, critique of human rights voiced by scholars, activists, or politicians would provoke a straightforward defense of “conventional” human rights morality and law. Our aim is to promote theoretical developments within the field of human rights by utilizing critique of human rights.

We invite submissions on all aspects of this topic. Questions and issues include but are not limited to:

  • Human rights as the ideology of power and human rights as the ideology of liberation. Ethical, political, and legal dimensions.
  • Human rights, justice, and equality – different approaches.
  • Human rights and democratic agencies.
  • Minority rights – human rights?
  • Theological contributions to critical approach to human rights.
  • Human rights, ethics, and contemporary racism.
  • Human rights and sustainability.
  • Migration and human rights.

The deadline for submissions to the thematic issue is February 15, 2025. All submissions will be subjected to rigorous blind review. Submissions should be between 4,000 and 8,000 words in length. For further submission requirements, format, and referencing style, refer to the Author Guidelines on the De Ethica website:

Manuscripts should be prepared for blind review and submitted through the De Ethica website

De Ethica is committed to a speedy and author-friendly review process; in most cases, the editors will notify the authors of their decision within three months.

De Ethica seeks to publish scholarly works at the intersections of philosophical, theological, and applied ethics. It is a fully peer-reviewed, open-access publication hosted by Linköping University Electronic Press. We are committed to making papers of high academic quality accessible to a wide audience.

De Ethica is published in cooperation with Societas Ethica, the European Society for Research in Ethics.

If you have any questions regarding research issues, contact Professor Elena Namli (editor for the special issue) at or Lars Lindblom (executive editor) at For practical issues, contact Martin Langby (assistant editor) at