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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Protecting the foundation and magnificent edifice of the legal profession: reflections on Thukwane v Law Society of the Northern Provinces 2014 5 SA 513 (GP) and Mtshabe v Law Society of the Cape of Good Hope 2014 5 SA 376 (ECM) (2015)The High Court decisions in Thukwane v Law Society of the Northern Provinces 2014 5 SA 513 (GP) and Mtshabe v Law Society of the Cape of Good Hope 2014 5 SA 376 (ECM) dealing with the question whether a parolee could be ...
The bald and golden eagle protection act, species-based legal protection and the danger of misidentification (2015)The Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act of 1940 bestows legal protection on two North American eagle species in the United States of America. The Act was originally aimed at the legal protection of only one species: the ...
When the judiciary flouts separation of powers: attenuating the credibility of the national prosecuting authority (2015)The stature of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) has been subverted through highly publicised political interference by the executive. Beginning with the marathon legal entanglements of the current South African ...
The universal jurisdiction of South African criminal courts and immunities of foreign state officials (2015)Under the "complementarity" regime of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC), the jurisdiction of the ICC is secondary to the jurisdiction of domestic courts. States Parties, not the ICC, have the primary ...
(2015)This article serves as an introduction to the concept of virtual property and also to very briefly note the relevance of virtual property in modern society. A universally accepted definition of virtual property is hard to ...
(2015)The traditional adversarial model of litigation in South Africa operates on the basis that two or more parties approach the court, each with its own desired outcome. The court is then obliged to decide in favour of one of ...
Realisation of a child's right to a basic education in the South African school system: some lessons from Germany (2015)Education has, since the beginning of time, been regarded as the formal process by which society conveys its accumulated knowledge, skills, customs and values from one generation to another. Today, education is a human ...
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Experiences and challenges of evidence leaders ("prosecutors") in learner disciplinary hearings in public schools (2015)After the abolition of corporal punishment at schools, teachers have been faced with an increase in unacceptable learner behaviour and threatening situations in their classrooms. An urgent need arose to address learner ...
(2015)Bearing in mind the previous Gauteng Education MEC’s recent indication that “discipline starts at home”,1 our article focuses on what South African law has contributed during the past 20 years to prompt parents participate ...
(2015)This paper explores student-teachers' understanding of the right to freedom of expression in education. Analyses of case law and legal principles affirm that the right to freedom of expression is an essential prerequisite ...
(2015)This article aims at exploring the nexus between the fundamental rights to life and to a basic education within the ambit of the legal framework created by both the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 and ...
(2015)In this theoretical article, we explore the tangled messiness of the application of human rights versus the 21st-century monster called "cyberbullying" in schools and focus on some of the challenges schools face daily. The ...
(2015)As forums, School Governing Bodies have the makings of a great and unique South African democratic tradition as they reflect local deliberations, participative decision-making by stakeholders in education. The main contention ...
Educator sexual misconduct: exposing or causing learners to be exposed to child pornography or pornography (2015)The law recognises that non-contact sexual offences can cause harm and several offences were created to regulate non-contact sexual child abuse offences. Several of these offences deal with the exposure or causing exposure ...
Between norms and facts: the constitutional court's commitment to pluralism in South Africa's radically heterogeneous public schools (2015)The recognition of pluralism constitutes a golden thread that runs through the Constitutional Court’s entire oeuvre of work. This ‘right to be different’ finds its initial footing in Gauteng Education Bill, Prince, and ...