Dear Readers, Welcome to Volume VII of the Leeds Human Rights Journal!
This academic year has been incredibly fruitful for the Journal. Having been a part of the Editorial Team for three years now, I have an immense belief in the Journal’s potential as the only one of its kind in the country. Needless to say, this Journal or any of the minor achievements along the way would not have been possible without the Editorial Team consisting of my Managing Editors, the Peer Reviewers, Online Editor and our Graphic Designer.
The Editorial Board, consisting of Managing Editors Mailies Fleming, Hugo Jones and myself, has been one of the best teams that I have been a part of. Both of them brought a great amount of dedication, enthusiasm and initiative to the job. At the start of the year, we agreed that we wished to increase the Journal’s reach both within the University and the wider community as well as promote its research culture centred around human rights issues. With this in mind, we set about launching a Human Rights Blog to complement the Journal as well as attempted to increase the circulation to the other White Rose Universities.
We were overwhelmed by the number of submissions we received this year – academic as well as creative. I would like to thank our Peer Reviewers for helping us promote this research culture as well as painstakingly reviewing each submission that came through. I would also like to thank Lauren Smith, our graphic designer for designing this edition of the Journal. Her dedication and hard work is what helped us get the Journal to print on time as well as keep up with the standard that previous teams had set.