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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(2016)One of the most significant consequences of the use of post-conviction DNA testing in the criminal justice system has been the growing recognition that eyewitness identification testimony is simply not as reliable as it ...
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Concern regarding the "debt" created by rule 14.10.9 of the government employees' pension fund rules (2016)This paper highlights the prejudicial effect of the rule within the rules of the Government Employees Pension Fund (GEPF), which allows this fund to create a "divorce debt" for its member when the court has ordered that ...
Legal ethics, rules of conduct and the moral compass – considerations from a law student's perspective (2016)When young law graduates enter the legal profession they will undoubtedly be exposed to difficult situations that will demand of them to make difficult decisions, often having to balance conflicting systems of belief and ...
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(2016)The African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights has worked as the continent's watchdog, under the ACHPR, for almost 30 years. Much has changed since the time of its inception. More institutions, set to ensure the ...
Unaccompanied and separated foreign children in the care system in the Western Cape – a socio-legal study (2016)This article reports on the findings of a study of foreign children accommodated in the care system in the Western Cape, based on fieldwork conducted in child and youth care centres. The objectives of the study were firstly ...
(2016)The SBV Services (Pty) Ltd case brought a novel concept into the labour dispute resolution arena: arbitrators must inform employees who succeed in proving that they were dismissed for an unfair reason of the implications ...
(2016)This article looks at the current international regime that pertains to the African lion, a species that needs adequate protection across its range (a range that does not adhere to state boundaries). This analysis comes ...
Understanding the limitations to the right to strike in essential and public services in the SADC region (2016)The nature of the limitations to the right to strike in essential and public services in the nine sub-regional countries of Southern Africa – South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland, Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia ...
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