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Global Constitutionalism - Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law (GlobCon) seeks to promote a deeper understanding on the foundations, limitations and principles of political order and their dynamics over time on a global scale. The journal is interested in work that refers to constitutionalism as a template for empirical, conceptual or normative research on past, present and future political and legal practices, within and beyond the state.

Constitutionalism is understood here not as the study of a legal document, but as a reference frame for interdisciplinary research with a particular focus. Constitutionalism in a wide sense is associated with the study of the constitutive elements of legal and political practice that are central for the assessment of its legality or legitimacy. Constitutionalism does not presuppose the existence of a written constitution. It merely presupposes the interplay between social and institutional practices in which claims to legality and, therefore, legitimate authority, and democracy are central. Constitutionalism analyses the role of fundamental norms, the type of actors, and the institutions and procedures through which legal and political decisions are made.  In a more narrow modern sense constitutionalism focuses on the basic ideas relating to justice (such as human rights), procedural fairness and participation (e.g. democracy) and the rule of law as they relate to institutional practices and policies in and beyond the state.

GlobCon invites submissions from scholars of International Law, Political Science, International Relations, Comparative Constitutional Law, Comparative Politics, Political Theory and Philosophy. GlobCon is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that seeks to develop interdisciplinary discourse about global constitutionalism. It welcomes submissions on a wide range of topics related to constitutionalism, human rights, democracy and the rule of law.

GlobCon aims to be a place where meaningful discussion of pressing global issues can take place, and where the voices in that debate are drawn from a truly international community.

We ask reviewers to consider whether adequate reference is made to the scholarly literature in the field. Recent studies have highlighted the possible under-representation of female and minority scholars in article citations. GlobCon is committed to ensuring that scholars receive appropriate intellectual acknowledgement through citations, regardless of race, gender, class, professional standing, or other categorical attributes. To that end, we ask referees to pay particular attention to the representativeness of citational practices manifested in all article submissions.

GlobCon will review articles up to 15,000 words (including notes and bibliography), although authors will be encouraged to reduce their papers to fewer than 12,000 words before publication. Brevity is encouraged and shorter papers will be advantaged in acceptance decisions. Authors should submit both a complete version of the manuscript and an anonymous version, stripped of all identifying references to the author(s) that can be sent to reviewers. The citation style of the submission should either be Chicago or Harvard Style as specified below. Please do not use endnotes.

Any enquiries can be sent via email to the journal’s Managing Editor, Dr Kriszta Kovacs. Her email address is:

Special Issues - Call for Proposals

Having received a number of unsolicited proposals for Special Issues, the Editors are initiating a formal process for the submission and consideration of Special Issue proposals.

Those interested in organizing a Special Issue and acting as Guest Editor(s) with a member of the GlobCon Editorial Team, can submit proposals on a rolling basis.

Proposals relating to any area of global constitutionalism are welcome, including specifically constitutionalism, human rights, democracy and the rule of law.  We particularly welcome proposals with themes or participants that cut across disciplinary lines.

The editorial board will prioritize proposals that include the presence and perspectives of individuals from diverse backgrounds. Prospective special issue editors are strongly encouraged to think about how to include a diverse array of scholars in their issue and explain this in their proposal. While we recognize that it is not possible to encompass all forms of diversity in a single project, editors do consider diversity along gender, racial, ethnic, geographic, sexual orientation, and theoretical lines when weighing the merits of a proposal. The editorial board may reject a proposal on the grounds that it lacks diversity, or invite special issue proposers to rework the project to include participants from diverse backgrounds with diverse perspectives.

The proposal should comprise the following:

1. Name, affiliation and contact details of the proposed guest editor[s];

2. Names and short biographies of contributors (150 words);

3. Background and rationale for the proposal (not to exceed 1000 words). This should clearly identify the research questions the Special Issue seeks to address, and the distinctive contribution that the Special Issue will make to the literature;

4. Detailed abstracts of all papers (not to exceed 700 words each);

5. Expected submission date for each paper.

The editors will review and respond to all proposal submitters in due course.

Please note that articles submitted in the context of Special Issues will undergo a double-blind peer review process modeled on that used for ordinary submissions to the journal; in addition, the entire Special Issue will be peer-reviewed. The Editors reserve the right to not to extend an offer of publication to any particular paper submitted as part of a Special Issue or, following receipt of external reviews, the Special Issue as a whole.

Please send your proposal, or any questions, to the Journal’s Managing Editor, Dr Kriszta Kovács at