ISSN 1609-073X printed version
ISSN 1996-2096 online version



Scope and editorial policy

The Journal aims to publish contributions dealing with human rights related topics of relevance to Africa, Africans and scholars of Africa. In the process, the African Human Rights Law Journal hopes to contribute towards an indigenous African jurisprudence.

Refer to Contributor’s guide for full editorial policy.

The Journal’s primary publication language is English.


Manuscript format and layout

  • Papers should average between 5 000 and 10 000 words (including footnotes) in length.
  • If the manuscript is not sent by e–mail, it should be submitted as hard copy and in electronic format (MS Word).
  • The manuscript should be typed in Arial, 12 point (footnotes 10 point), 1½ spacing.
  • Authors of contributions are to supply their university degrees, professional qualifications and professional or academic status.
  • Authors should supply a summary of their contributions of not more than 300 words.
  • Footnotes must be numbered consecutively. Footnote numbers should be in superscript without any surrounding brackets. The manuscript will be submitted to a referee for evaluation. The editors reserve the right to change manuscripts to make them conform to the house style, to improve accuracy, to eliminate mistakes and ambiguity, and to bring the manuscript in line with the tenets of plain legal language.


Submission guidelines

  • The submission must be original.
  • The submission should not already have been published or submitted elsewhere.
  • Articles that do not conform to the African Human Rights Law Journal’s style guidelines will be rejected out of hand.
  • The African Human Rights Law Journal utilises plagiarism detection software. Please ensure that submissions do not infringe other persons’ intellectual property rights.


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African Human Rights Law Journal
Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria,
Private Bag X20, Hatfield, Pretoria, Gauteng, ZA, 0028,
Tel: +27(0) 12 420 3810