ISSN 1021-545X printed version
ISSN 2411-7870 online version



Basic information

In 1983, when the Southern African Society of Legal Historians was founded, the publication of a journal of legal history was envisaged to further the aims of the Society and to encourage contact and co–operation between legal historians, legal historical societies and other interested organisations in South Africa and abroad. The initial step in the realisation of this goal was the publication of a Newsletter, some ten years after the founding of the Society. This annual publication, which did not seek the status of a legal periodical, was renamed “Bulletin” in 1986. In 1992, the Bulletin was replaced by the first issue of Fundamina, a fully–fledged journal of legal history.

The journal’s areas of interest are Legal history and Roman law.

Articles written in English, Afrikaans, Dutch, German, French, Spanish and Italian are acceptable.

Abstracts written in English should be provided

The journal publishes 2 issues per year, in July and December.

Its abbreviated title is Fundamina.


Index sources

  • Vlaamse Academisch Bibliografisch Bestand voor de Sociale en Humane Wetenschappen (VABB–SHW)



The copyright of material published in the journal is held by the University of South Africa.

Fundamina was an open access journal until the end of August 2020.
All work published in Fundamina volumes 19 to 25 on this platform were licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International licence (CC BY 4.0)



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