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De Jure Law Journal

 The Open Access Online Law Journal published by the University of Pretoria

Please note that, to provide Open-Access, De Jure Law Journal uses a business model to offset expenses and is therefore compelled to charge page fees for all articles that have been accepted for publication. The editor will furnish the author with an invoice once the peer-review process has been completed and the article has been accepted for publication.

Welcome to De Jure Law Journal

  • ISSN: 1466 3597
  • E-ISSN: 2225 7160

Free and unrestricted access to quality legal articles

De Jure Law Journal is a general law journal, accredited by the Department of Higher Education & Training

It publishes original research concerned with the development and dissemination of cutting-edge legal research, both national and international. The scope of the journal is wide and supports legal academics, practitioners and scholars.

De Jure Law Journal is currently making a call for papers from legal academics, practitioners and scholars within a broad legal spectrum.

Call for Papers

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De Jure Law Journal has moved to a continuous publication model as from January 2019. This means that as soon as an article is ready to be published, it will be released online immediately, rather than waiting for other articles in the issue to be completed, resulting in faster access to the final version of the article. This is a practice endorsed by reputable Journals both locally and internationally. The aim of continuous publication is to ensure that authors’ work is published with efficiency and speed without compromising on quality. Social media activity can be at the article-level. Articles are published as and when they are ready, so tweets can occur as frequently as articles are published rather than waiting on the issue publication.

Authors are encouraged to submit their contributions online.


The following volumes are available on this open access website:

  • 51 Volume 2 2018

    The contributions appearing in the second issue of De Jure Law Journal for 2018 span a wide variety of thematic areas and approaches, reflecting the richness of the South African legal landscape. Some of the contributions focus on procedural aspects of the law; others on more substantive issues. Read More
  • 51 Volume 1 2018

    “[The law] is a jealous mistress, and requires a long and constant courtship. It is not to be won by favors, but by lavish homage”(Joseph Story 1779-1845
    The editorial board of De Jure Law Journal has pleasure in presenting the first volume of 2018. Read More
  • 50 Volume 2 2017

    With another year coming to a halt, De Jure Law Journal has pleasure in presenting the second volume of 2017. The contributors have once again paved the way for interesting discussions on a wide variety of topics. Interesting discussions are provided pertaining to the importance of the conservation of birds within the context of environmental law; Read More
  • 50 Volume 1 2017

    “And as imagination bodies forth, The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen, Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing,
    A local habitation and a name”
    (William Shakespeare from A Midsummer Night’s Dream) Read More
  • 49 Volume 2 2016

    “You don’t write because you want to say something, you write because you have something to say”(F. Scott Fitzgerald)
    With the wise words of Fitzgerald in mind, the editorial board of De Jure Law Journal has pleasure in presenting the second volume of 2016. Read More
  • 49 Volume 1 2016

    “And as imagination bodies forth The forms of things unknown, the poet’s pen Turns them to shapes and gives to airy nothing
    A local habitation and a name” (William Shakespeare from A Midsummer Night’s Dream) Read More
  • 48 Volume 2 2015

    This volume contains valuable contributions by a variety of academics on a wide variety of topics. This issue contains discussions pertaining to customary marriages, the conservation status of the Wedge-tailed eagle and the conservation of species; aspects relating to unjustified enrichment law and trade mark law to mention but a few. Read More
  • 48 Volume 1 2015

    “The measure of greatness in a scientific idea is the extent to which it stimulates thought and opens up new lines of research” (Paul Dirac).
    With the wise words of Paul Dirac in mind, the editorial board of De Jure Law Journal has pleasure in presenting the first volume of 2015. Read More
  • 47 Volume 2 2014

    “The time will come when diligent research over long periods will bring to light things which now lie hidden. A single lifetime, even though entirely devoted to the sky, would not be enough for the investigation of so vast a subject ... And so this knowledge will be unfolded only through long successive ages. Read More
  • 47 Volume 1 2014

    Welcome to the first issue of De Jure Law Journal, 2014. You will notice that the De Jure Law Journal has a new editor and editorial assistant in the person of myself and Mr Robert Steenkamp respectively. In resuming the role as editor after a three year hiatus during which Professor Steve Cornelius assumed the responsibility... Read More
  • 46 Volume 4 2013

    Nelson Mandela had a profound impact on the Faculty of Law of the University of Pretoria, directly and indirectly; on us as a Faculty and on the world in which we operate. In 1997 the University awarded him a doctorate in law. He used the opportunity to reach out both in Afrikaans and in English, with pathos, humility, wisdom and humour. Read More
  • 46 Volume 3 2013

    Our world is one of increasing simplicity when it comes to creating and representing information in a tangible form. Think of the applications for your smart phone or tablet computer that allow you to communicate with others through a picture alone, or by simply updating a status or sending a short information burst into the universe containing no more than 140 characters. Read More
  • 46 Volume 2 2013

    We live in a world which is becoming more and more complex. Modern technology continues to pose new questions to the law, while lawyers and governments are slow to adapt to the new challenges. This, of course, creates vast new fields of research and opens up more traditional fields to new analysis and interpretation. Read More
  • 46 Volume 1 2013

    The quality of education has been the focus of much that has been written and spoken about the South African public school system over the past number of years. Commentators regularly express their concerns about deficiencies in the system, ranging from poor teaching, high drop-out rates and ineffective management. Read More
  • 45 Volume 3 2012

    In the recent judgement of Print Media South Africa v Minister of Home Affairs 2012 6 SA 443 (CC) the Constitutional Court had to decide on a difficult question of the constitutionality of certain provisions in the Films and Publications Act 65 of 1996 (the Act), which were inserted by the Films and Publications Amendment Act 3 of 2009. Read More
  • 45 Volume 2 2012

    “It is what you read when you don’t have to that determines what you will be when you can’t help it.” - Oscar Wilde It is with this in mind that the De Jure Law Journal editorial board is proud to present the second volume for 2012. Over the past two years we have witnessed the awe inspiring power of the revolutionary use of information trough social networking. Read More
  • 45 Volume 1 2012

    Die huidige LLB-leergang kom in hierdie uitgawe onder die loep en die vraag is of dit voldoen aan die verwagtinge van studente en hulle toerus om tot die regspraktyk toe te tree. Die vraag is voorts, tot watter mate kan die leergang ook aangepas word om voorsiening te maak vir ware gemeenskapsgebaseerde onderrig. Read More
  • 44 Volume 2 2011

    The De Jure Law Journal editorial board has the pleasure of presenting the second volume of 2011. This volume joins the first on the journal’s open access website which is set to be a true asset to legal research. With its effective search function and well organised layout, the website embodies the essence of the open access environment. Read More
  • 44 Volume 1 2011

    Hierdie is ’n geskiedkundige uitgawe van De Jure Law Journal- om verskeie redes. Eerstens is dit die eerste uitgawe wat deur die Fakulteit Regsgeleerdheid se eie uitgewers, PULP, uitgegee word. LexisNexis, of Butterworths, soos hulle vroeër bekendgestaan het, het oor baie jare ’n lang pad saam met die Fakulteit geloop ... Read More
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About De Jure Law Journal 

De Jure Law Journal was published for the first time in 1968 as Scintilla Juris and has been systematically built up from its humble beginnings by dedicated academics in the Faculty of Law.

A vast array of articles, notes and case reviews covering the full spectrum of legal fields have appeared in De Jure Law Journal. In this way, De Jure Law Journal has made a significant contribution to the development of legal science in South Africa. Contributions published in the journal have frequently been cited, both by academics and in the courts.

The journal accepts articles, notes, case discussions and book reviews in both English and Afrikaans. Contributions in any of the other official languages in South Africa will also be considered, as will contributions in Dutch or Flemish. All contributions are subjected to blind peer review to ensure that every contribution that is published reflects quality research and makes a real contribution to the current discourse in law. Furthermore, the editorial team encourages young researchers to submit contributions as it is an objective of the journal to promote capacity building within legal research.

De Jure Law Journal was originally a subscription based, hard copy, journal. From 2009 LexisNexis, the former publishers, have made a pdf version of the journal available to all subscribers on My LexisNexis. Since 2011 the Pretoria University Law Press has made a pdf version of the journal available on open access. It is hoped that De Jure will be able to make use of technology to increase the readership and the impact factor of the journal.

To date De Jure Law Journal has played in the development of the law of South Africa. Every effort will be made to ensure that it remains a flagship of the Faculty of Law, University of Prertoria and of legal science in South Africa.

  • Print on Demand / Druk op Aanvraag

    De Jure Law Journal is also available in hard copy format. Please contact the Pretoria University Law Press (PULP) by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to order your copy(ies) at R268.00 per copy. (Excluding postage)

    De Jure is ook beskikbaar in harde kopie formaat. Kontak assbelief die Pretoria Universiteitsregspers (PULP) deur 'n e-pos te stuur aan This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. om u kopie(e) te bestel teen R268.00 per eksemplaar. (Posgeld uitgesluit)

  • Open Access / Oop Toegang

    The latest edition of De Jure Law Journal is now available as an open access online journal. All the articles, case law and book announcements are fully searchable (HTML) and downloadable in PDF format. Free of charge.

    Die nuutste uitgawe van De Jure Law Journal is nou beskikbaar as 'n oop toegang aanlyn-joernaal. Al die artikels, onlangse regspraak en boekaankondigings is ten volle soekbaar terwyl dit ook aflaaibaar is in PDF formaat. Heeltemal gratis.

  • Editor of De Jure Law Journal

    Dr CA Maimela
    Senior Lecturer
    Department of Private law
    Faculty of Law
    Law Building
    University of Pretoria
    0002 Pretoria
    Suid-Afrika / South Africa
    Tel: +27 12 420 2392
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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