CALL FOR PAPERS ELCOP Year Book on Human Rights

ELCOP Year Book on Human Rights
Theme: Human Rights and Bangladesh: Leadership in Prospect
Dedicated to the 21st Human Rights Summer School (HRSS)


Empowerment through Law of the Common People (ELCOP) will organize 21st Human Rights Summer School (HRSS) on ‘Human Rights and Bangladesh: Leadership in Prospect’ from 17th to 27th December, 2022. In line with our tradition, we have started the process of publishing the “ELCOP Yearbook of Human Rights”, the main scholarly base of HRSS. The announcement of the application process to be a participant in the school has already been published. The usual venue of HRSS is PROSHIKA Center, Koitta, Manikganj, Dhaka, Bangladesh. However, any change to the venue will be notified in due course.

Previously known as Summer School Manual, the “ELCOP Yearbook on Human Rights” received its present nomenclature in 2015. Each Yearbook, a peer-reviewed research publication, focuses on the theme of the respective year’s HRSS. It contains papers by academics, legal scholars as well as law students. We are soliciting unpublished original papers for the Yearbook which will also be one of the reading materials for the participants of the 21st HRSS.



Human rights and leadership are intertwined. Human rights leadership is the most critical for our future. A great leader can lead from the front and show the ideal path for a nation and its people. Even, the emancipation of people largely depends on the right direction from leadership. The necessity of statesmanship and ideal leadership in the small and broader context is well felt in every age. Realization of socio-economic rights and guarantee of civil and political rights precedes visionary leadership.

In the last 50 years, Bangladesh has witnessed both success stories and tragedies in the human rights record. The country has gone a long way to eradicate poverty and illiteracy. But at the same time, it has gone through repressive military regimes. With the commitment to international human rights treaties, the country has shown considerable development in the field of fashioning human rights jurisprudence. For example, even though not a party to the 1951 Refugee Convention, Bangladesh is hosting nearly one million Rohingya people coming from the neighbour country Myanmar. On the other front, proving many predictions wrong, Bangladesh is now an emerging economic power in the region which has successfully fought the Covid 19 crisis fairly well. However, the challenges to this nation are many. The practice of corruption, political instability, the gradual shrinking of civic spaces and minority repressions are some areas that fade the success stories of human rights. In this trajectory, the role of good leadership, and governance needs to be more researched from the viewpoint of human rights scholarship. Bangladesh is just a case; the area of study can be extended to a global stage.

ELCOP aims at realizing the empowerment of the common people through legal research, advocacy, training and social awareness against any dismay and challenge. At a time, when Bangladesh has just crossed 50 years of its Independence, ELCOP is highly interested in rejuvenating the dynamics of leadership and human rights through its HRSS project. Comparative discussions of jurisdictions analogous to Bangladesh, particularly in South Asia, are welcome.



As mentioned, the main theme of 21st HRSS (and the Yearbook) 2022 is “Human Rights and

Bangladesh: Leadership in Prospect”. The sub-themes are included, but are not limited to:


  • Human Rights Leadership;
  • Bangladesh: Human Rights and Leadership;
  • Human Rights and Self-determination;
  • Human Rights and South Asian Leadership;
  • Poverty, Development and Politics;
  • Development Discourse and Human Rights;
  • Minority Rights Discourse;
  • Human Rights and Community Empowerment;
  • Connectivity, Crisis and Human Rights;
  • Human rights in Neo-colonial International Politics;
  • Social Inclusion and Human Rights
  • Law-making, Constitutionalism and Human Rights.

You may write on any of the above topics or matters you believe should be a technical extension of the theme.


Word Limit

The paper should be written in between 6000-8000 words including footnotes.


Presentation and Style Information

The publication will follow the Oxford Standard for Citation of Legal Authorities (OSCOLA) 4th Edition referencing style.

Please see here for help:

Footnotes should be collated at the end of each page. Footnotes to the title and author(s)’ names should be designated as *, † etc. Footnotes to the text should be designated as 1, 2, 3 etc. The asterisked footnote should give the author’s position, institutional address and any brief acknowledgements if required.



It is a condition of HRSS Publications that authors grant an exclusive license to ELCOP permitting it to reproduce and/ or disseminate the author’s contribution or elements of it (e.g. abstract, metadata). In signing the license, the authors retain the right to use their material and ELCOP asks that HRSS Publication is acknowledged as the original place of publication.


Submission Deadline and Rules

You should send a single hard copy of your manuscript. The envelope should be marked as “Submission for ELCOP Year Book on Human Rights” on the top.


The Deadline for sending your manuscript is 30 October, 2022 (Sunday).

Articles should also be submitted as an email attachment to by the same deadline.

All submissions should be accompanied by a statement that the material is not under consideration elsewhere and that it has not been published or is not pending publication elsewhere.

Questions and clarifications may be addressed to:


Tapas Kanti Baul, Barrister-at-Law

Executive Director

Empowerment through Law of the Common People (ELCOP)


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