A human rights approach to mental health services, policy and legislation

Call for papers for: International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare


Guest Editor

Michael Elnemais Fawzy, MD
Consultant Psychiatrist Al Abbassia Mental Health Hospital, Cairo, Egypt
[email protected] 



This special issue will reflect 15 years of human rights legislation and advocacy focused on improving the lives of people with mental disorders. The issue will provide national and international assistance to countries in developing and implementing their mental health through providing culturally sensitive solutions.   

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) came into force in many countries. As part of the UNCRPD, one of the aims is to protect and promote the rights of people with disabilities in all policies and programmes and to adopt legislative practices that are non-discriminatory. With the increasing number of countries undertaking reform of their mental health services and mental health laws, calls for a need to build on technical assistance and training in the field of mental health policy and legislation.

We welcome submissions to this special issue. Topics covered include (but are not limited to):

  • Mental health services and quality of life.  
  • Create supportive environments and resilient communities.
  • Transform mental health and social care services and systems towards a person-centered, recovery-oriented and human rights-based approach.
  • Key mental health needs and challenges within the country's political, economic and health context.

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


Submission deadline: 31st January 2021
Anticipated publication: Early 2021

Further guidance on submission: All submissions to the International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare should be through ScholarOne Manuscripts.

Author guidelines must be strictly followed. Please visit the journal's page.

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 “A human rights approach to mental health services, policy and legislation” at the appropriate step in the submission process, i.e. in response to “Please select the issue you are submitting to”.