PER: Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal
Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal (PELJ)
Potchefstroomse Elektroniese Regsblad (PER)
ISSN 1727-3781 (online)
Focus and Scope
PELJ/PER publishes contributions relevant to development in the South African constitutional state. This means that most contributions will concern some aspect of constitutionalism or legal development. The fact that the South African constitutional state is the focus, does not limit the content of PELJ/PER to the South African legal system, since development law and constitutionalism are excellent themes for comparative work. Contributions on any aspect or discipline of the law are welcomed, as long as the main themes are addressed.
The scholarly rigour and the contribution that a manuscript makes to the development of legal scholarship serve as primary criteria for acceptance for publication. Contributions submitted are reviewed in two steps.
Step 1 is an internal evaluation where the editorial team ensures that:
- the contribution falls within the focus and scope of PELJ/PER;
- the quality and clarity of the language is good;
- the guidelines and referencing style have been complied with; and
- the contribution is on the face of it of an adequate level of scholarly quality.
Step 2 is an external evaluation where contributions accepted for review are subjected to anonymous blind reviews by at least two reviewers who will be selected according to availability and subject matter of the contribution.
Both international and national reviewers are invited to participate in the peer review of manuscripts submitted for possible publication. The average period for feedback to authors is four (4) months but longer periods have been experienced in certain cases.
Contributions which do not comply with the guidelines and referencing style will be rejected outright.
From 2016, PELJ/PER publishes continuously and contributions will be published as they become available.
PELJ/PER uses a digital object identifier (DOI), which is a unique alphanumeric string assigned by a registration agency (CrossRef) to identify content and provide a persistent link to its location on the Internet. The publisher assigns a DOI when an article is published and made available electronically
Copyright remains with the author/s of the article/s.
All articles published in PELJ/PER can be re-used under the following CC license: CC BY-SA Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
Article Processing Charge
PELJ/PER charges an article processing fee for articles that are published. Currently, this fee is ZAR90 per page. Visit the website of the journal for any updates in this regard.
How to submit a contribution
Register and submit online at http://journals.assaf.org.za/per/index after you have read and complied with the requirements of PELJ/PER.
Editor-in-Chief: Prof Christa Rautenbach
- Prof Klaus D Beiter
- Prof Wian Erlank
- Prof Anél du Plessis
- Prof Sarel Francois du Toit
- Dr Oliver Fuo
- Dr Anél Gildenhuys
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(2017-05-16)This contribution reviews the book entitled Against the New Constitutionalism authored by Tamas Gyorfi. He challenges the pivotal role given to judges in constitutional adjudication.
Climate Justice: Case Studies in Global and Regional Governance Challenges (Environmental Law Institute Washington DC 2016) (2017-04-24)Climate Justice: Case Studies in Global and Regional Governance Challenges edited by Randall S Abate, addresses a diverse set of topics related to climate justice, explores the meaning and challenges of this critical issue, ...
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South Africa's Debut into Broadcasting Criminal Trials – The Legal Arguments in Televising the Oscar Pistorius Trail (2017-12-05)The televising and/or any other form of broadcasting of judicial hearings and of criminal trials in particular is a controversial topic that has not only provoked debate and been argued about by academics, the media and ...
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Water Security and Judicial and Administrative Confusion in South Africa: The Trustees of the Time Being of the Lucas Scheepers Trust, IT 633/96 v MEC for the Department of Water Affairs, Gauteng 2015 ZAGPPHC 211 (17 April 2015) (2017-01-18)One of the gravest constraints which South Africa faces in its efforts to promote development and to lift much of its population out of poverty is the relative scarcity of its water. Significant changes were made to South ...