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
Collections in this community
Warrantless search and seizures by the South African Police Service : weighing up the right to privacy versus the prevention of crime (PER/PELJ, 2021)The constitutional right to privacy is enshrined in section 14 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. It is premised on the notion that all persons should be protected from intrusions on their privacy ...
Social protection instruments and women workers in the informal economy : a Southern African perspective (PER/PELJ, 2021)The world of work has changed and in some instances a realisation now exists that certain forms of work are a reality and not a passing occurrence, and it is of the utmost importance that international regulation provides ...
(PER/PELJ, 2021)Novel therapeutic strategies using genome editing technologies, such as CRISPR-Cas9 are revolutionising the way in which diseases can be prevented and treated in the future. Consequently, a global debate has emerged ...
An analysis of the "National Security Interest" provision in terms of section 18A of the Competition Act 89 of 1998 (PER/PELJ, 2021)This contribution examines the implications of the "national security provision" in terms of section 18A of the Competition Act 89 of 1998 as inserted by section 14 of the Competition Amendment Act 18 of 2018. The effect ...
(PER/PELJ, 2021)The standard of the reasonable person or its equivalent, in general, is used in many jurisdictions to determine fault in the form of negligence. Although the standard is predominantly objective it is also subjective ...
Family conferencing : responsibility at grassroots level – a comparative analysis between the Netherlands and South Africa (PER/PELJ, 2021)As family group conferencing is gaining world-wide recognition as an alternative dispute resolution process, this article aims to outline the origin and relevance of this process, which promotes solution-finding to ...
The significance of sea-level rise for the continuation of states and the identity of their people (PER/PELJ, 2021)This article considers the legal institutions which give people identity and may anchor them to particular places. But what happens to that identity when "place" no longer exists? The focus of this article is the question ...
An analysis of the implementation of the caselines system in South African courts in the light of the provisions of section 27 of the electronic communications and transactions act 25 of 2002 : a beautiful dream to come true in civil procedure (PER/PELJ, 2021)The Electronic Communications and Transaction Act 25 of 2002 is an effective piece of legislation that strives to put South African law on the map of the evolving global world. However, some provisions have not yet been ...
(PER/PELJ, 2021)Nobody (except for the privileged few) can afford legal services in Namibia. In the light of this dawning awareness, how should the government and other stakeholders design the legal profession so that the greatest ...
(PER/PELJ, 2021)The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (hereafter POPIA) has the potential to disrupt health research in South Africa. While the legal status quo is that broad consent by research participants is acceptable, ...
Deterministic application of Process-centric Law to the System-centric Requirements of Procurement Procedures (PER/PELJ, 2021)South Africa's public procurement system is accorded constitutional status, establishing fundamental requirements for the operation of the system. The application of these constitutional system requirements and their ...
(PER/PELJ, 2021)The use of currency as a medium of exchange for goods and services is essential in our daily lives. The concept of currency evolved from bartering to the use of coins and notes and now to the current digital age as the ...
(PER/PELJ, 2021)In November 2019 the Supreme Court of Appeal in Qwelane v South African Human Rights Commission ruled that section 10(1) of the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act (Equality Act) 4 of 2000, ...
The right of child offenders to intermediary assistance in the Criminal Justice System : a South African perspective (PER/PELJ, 2021)The right of a child offender to participate effectively in criminal proceedings is a fundamental aspect of a right to a fair trial and is guaranteed in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 as well as ...
(PER/PELJ, 2021)Fraus legis – defrauding or evading the application of law – is a phenomenon well-known to students of private law, but its application in public law, including constitutional law, remains largely unconsidered. To ...
(PER/PELJ, 2021)The sufficiency of DNA evidence alone, with regard to convicting accused persons, has been interrogated and challenged in criminal cases. The availability of offender databases and the increasing sophistication of crime ...
(PER/PELJ, 2021)The conflict between the objectives of the Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008 – to protect consumers and ensure accessible and transparent redress – and the purpose of the parol evidence rule – to exclude extrinsic ...
(PER/PELJ, 2021)Realisation of the value and the commercialisation potential of data is gaining exponential momentum. The combination of historical data exploitations and the use of technologies that allow for the triangulation of data ...
The taxation of company distributions in respect of hybrid instruments in South Africa : lessons from Australia and Canada (PER/PELJ, 2021)Tax legislation traditionally distinguishes between returns on investment paid on equity and debt instruments. In the main, returns on debt instruments (interest payments) are deductible for the paying company, while ...
(PER/PELJ, 2021)The unlawful occupation of private land creates a tension between the interests of the unlawful occupiers to avoid homelessness and the landowner to regain control of its property. To balance the interests and rights ...