Focus and Scope


Provocatio aims to be a forum for critical and constructive analysis of and debate on human rights. Human rights can be many things: a legal system of principles and rules, a political language, an international practice, a philosophical idea, and a conflicting and evasive historical tradition. Human rights can serve as tools of resistance against oppression, but also as a rhetorical veneer for propaganda. Human rights are a phenomenon that needs to be studied in all this complexity.

The journal is not committed to any political or theoretical position, only to the potential of critical analysis. We welcome submissions with a broad range of perspectives.

The journal has developed out of Skriftsamling i mänskliga rättigheter, which was published in seven volumes from 2010 to 2014. Like that earlier publication, Provocatio is an opportunity for students to get published. Some of the articles in Provocatio are shortened, revised versions of essays and theses by students on the Bachelor programme in Human Rights Studies at Lund University. The journal also welcomes submissions from Phd-students and researchers, as well as students on other study programmes.

Editorial policy

Provocatio is an open access journal, available free of charge online. Customary copyrights restrictions apply. In addition to research articles (some of which are revised student essays and theses) the journal publishes reviews of new academic literature, essays and reflections. Provocatio accepts texts in Swedish, English, Danish, and Norwegian. All submissions are reviewed by the editors. See ”Instructions for authors” for further information.

Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.