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Volume 4, Issue 1, Summer 2016

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Dear Readers,

It is with great privilege that I welcome you to Volume 4, Issue 1, of the University of Leeds Human Rights Journal. I have had a great year working alongside an excellent team, and I must begin by thanking them for their sustained commitment to producing another high quality volume. To the Managing Editor, Creative Advisor, Peer Reviewers, Graphic Designer and Online Co-ordinator: thank you for your outstanding work ethic, without which we simply would not have a journal that we’re all incredibly proud of and excited to share with all the students at the University of Leeds.

As the only undergraduate journal of its kind in the country, the HRJ has provided a unique platform for academic research, alongside the opportunity for students to submit creative pieces, since 2012. I have now been a member of the Editorial Board for two years; in that time I have had the privilege of reviewing some of the best academic work the students of Leeds have to o er. As I graduate this year, I have full faith that the journal will continue to flourish.

This year’s journal consists of work from students of History, Languages, Politics, Philosophy, Sociology, Dentistry and English. Our pieces take us across the globe – from Israel to America and from Saudi Arabia to Uganda. I am also delighted to publish some fantastic creative pieces, including an interview, alongside some inspiring photography and poetry. The peer reviewers had a di cult task narrowing down submissions but this stands as testament to the talent and motivation of the students here at Leeds. We thank all of our contributors for their fantastic submissions. We were overwhelmed by both the quality and quantity of the work we received this year.

The funding for this year’s journal was generously provided by the Faculty of ESSL and the Faculty of Arts. I speak on behalf of the Editorial team and contributors when I thank the aforementioned Faculties.

I hope that you enjoy reading this journal as much as we have enjoyed collating it. Positions for next year’s Editorial Team open at the end of May. Please contact us at if you are interested in applying.

In solidarity,

Jane Eagles Editor-in-Chief, 2015-16