Humanitarian Law & Policy welcomes submissions from contributors committed to energizing the debate about international humanitarian law and humanitarian action.
How to submit a post
Types of submissions. We accept a variety of types of submissions. These include:
- Analytical (posts assessing legal or policy issues that are geared towards more specialized audiences)
- Primers (explanatory, or ‘what you need to know about …’, posts that lay out a specific issue)
- Stories (personal experiences or stories that illustrate an issue of concern)
Length. Posts should be from 800 to 2,000 words (unless discussed otherwise with the editors)
Blog style and structure. This is very important. Please see the guidelines below on how to write a blog post
Bio. Please provide a short bio (max 100 words), providing your current function and affiliation, as well as a photo for our Contributors page
Submission. Please submit your post as a Word document, along with your CV, to Sasha Radin
How to write a post
Do you want to get your point across in a relevant and timely manner? Blogs are a unique space to do so. Keep in mind that they are different from academic articles. To maximize the effectiveness of your blog post, we recommend taking the following points into consideration while writing:
✓ Title. Immediately identify what your post is about in a clear, concise and assertive manner in the title. This is crucial. Your title determines whether someone will read your post. It appears in email subject-headings, google searches and social media shares. It should be short, clear and interesting—about 40–80 characters, and no more than 110 characters.
✓ First Paragraph (lede). State your main point and grab the reader’s attention in the first (and possibly second) paragraph. This is your opportunity to explain to a very busy audience why they should take the time to read your post. What is your point? Why are you writing this? Essentially, your conclusion comes first.
✓ Body. Use the rest of your post to support your argument with evidence and nuances. Write clearly, concisely and engagingly.
✓ Evidence and hyperlinks. When stating facts or mentioning other thinkers, cite the source using hyperlinks whenever possible. If no hyperlink is available, please refer to the source in your text or at the end of the post. Hyperlinks are also a way to include secondary information that is interesting, but not integral to your point.
✓ Format. Use short paragraphs and meaningful sub-headings. You want the post to be as easy to read as possible fore your audience, while still maintaining depth. If your post contains more than a single main point, consider using section breaks with titles or submitting a series of posts on the same topic.
Our blog speaks to specialized audiences who are concerned with international humanitarian law and humanitarian action issues. Readers span across the globe and include government lawyers, policy-makers, members of the diplomatic community, academics, armed actors, think tanks, NGOs, IGOs, practitioners within the ICRC and the Red Cross and Red Crescent movement, as well as other interested parties.
Our editorial policy
A submission should fall within the scope of the blog’s subject matter and be in a style suited to the blog’s audience. It should be rigorous, evidence-based, engaging and newsworthy.
A submission should not
- Have the primary purpose of undermining the ICRC and the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement,
- Contain claims or information which could risk the safety of personnel in the field
- Have the primary purpose of denunciating a State.
All blog contributors are expected to take note and follow the blog’s editorial policy. The editorial team reserves the right to reject a submission if it falls outside of the blog’s editorial line.
Our review & editing process
Review. All submissions are reviewed for quality and clarity and should be in line with our editorial policy. This review is carried out by in-house and external subject-matter experts, depending on the post.
Editing. Our editorial team may provide language, content and structural edits to enhance readability and make it consistent with our editorial guidelines. Once edited, we will send you back your post to check. We ask that you leave any changes or comments in tracked changes. Due to the timely nature of a blog post, our team editorial team may ask you to approve edits quickly. On rare occasions, further edits may be made after publication.
We encourage you to join in and share your voice in the Comments section of blog posts, on social media and through other channels. While we value honesty and different perspectives, we reserve the right to reject comments that contain:
- Offensive statements against a culture, race, religion or gender;
- Abusive language, anger, hate, violence or pornography;
- Personal information (other than yours), such as names, addresses or phone numbers;
- Disparaging or threatening comments about the ICRC and our staff;
- Third party marketing, including links to third party websites;
To ensure that this is respected, the editorial team receives comments before they appear under an article.
Posts and discussion on the Humanitarian Law & Policy blog may not be interpreted as positioning the ICRC in any way, nor does its content amount to formal policy or doctrine, unless specifically indicated.
All material in Humanitarian Law & Policy is published under the following license: Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)