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Health 2020: Gaps & Trends for Human Rights

Special issue call for papers from International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare


Dr. Theo Gavrielides
The IARS International Institute;
Restorative Justice for All International Institute
[email protected]


In 2012, the World Health Organisation (WHO) published “Health 2020: A European policy framework and strategy for the 21st century”. This policy framework was ratified by 53 countries of the European Region. They pledged to support action to: “significantly improve the health and well-being of populations, reduce health inequalities, strengthen public health and ensure people-centred health systems that are universal, equitable, sustainable and of high quality”.

This special issue aims to look back at what has been achieved against since 2012, while identifying areas that a new “Health 2030” should be focusing on. We are particularly interested in papers that look at one or more of the Health 2020 four priority areas, as these impact on human rights:

  • invest in health through a life-course approach and empower citizens,
  • tackle Europe’s major disease burdens of noncommunicable and communicable diseases;
  • strengthen people-centred health systems and public health capacity, including preparedness and response capacity for dealing with emergencies; and
  • create supportive environments and resilient communities.

Submissions are welcome independently of location. However, papers need to cover the WHO European region. We will consider both empirical and theoretical contributions.

According to the Health 2020, the strategy “presents the social and economic imperative for action, showing clearly that health and well-being are important and essential for economic and social development. It focuses on health as a human right”. We are interested in papers that take a critical view especially against this statement, while offering constructive and evidence-based recommendations for the future.

Note: The list of the themes is indicative and not exhaustive. Submissions on other themes under the main topic are welcome.


Submission deadline: end February 2020
Anticipated publication: Autumn 2020

Further guidance on submission:

All submissions to the International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare should be through ScholarOne Manuscripts.
Registration and access are available at:

Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Please see:

Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal.

The Editor will conduct an initial screening of submitted papers. Those judged suitable for the special issue will be sent to at least two independent referees for double blind peer review, after which submissions may be recommended for revisions and further review, acceptance or rejection.

Interested authors should select (from the drop-down menu) the special issue “Health 2020: Gaps & Trends for Human Rights” at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to “Please select the issue you are submitting to”.