SADC Law Journal, The

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The Editorial Board welcomes contributions on all aspects of Southern African Development Community (SADC) law or legal themes of relevance to the SADC legal fraternity.

Contributions should be sent electronically to the Editor-in-Chief (, the Managing Editor (


Style Guide

Submissions are to comply with the following requirements:

  • All contributions are to be in English.
  • Submissions need to be original, unpublished work. The Editorial Board may under exceptional circumstances accept an article that has already been published elsewhere, provided that the author provides the Board with a letter from the publisher permitting the publication and reverting the copyright to the SADC Law Journal Trust (SADCLJ Trust).
  • All authors whose contributions are to be published in the SADC Law Journal (SADCLJ) by the submission thereof ipso facto waive copyright as author in favour of the SADCLJ Trust.
  • Electronically sent contributions should be submitted in the form of an attachment in any version of MS Word.
  • The Editorial Board accepts articles, shorter notes on any relevant legal issue, case comments, and book reviews.
  • Articles should normally be between 6,000 and 12,000 words, while notes and case reviews can be between 1,500 to 3,000 words. Book reviews should not exceed 3,000 words.
  • The SADCLJ follows the house style of the South African Law Journal. The style guide appears with the journal at
  • Once a contribution has been accepted for publication, authors need to cooperate with the language editor and comply with his/her deadlines.

The Editorial Board will submit all articles to referees who will determine the desirability of their publication. Articles will be submitted to referees without disclosing the name of the author. The content review process usually takes about six weeks. Authors will be informed of the result of the content review. Submissions will then be subjected to a technical/language review, with feedback to authors.

Authors of new publications are encouraged to submit them for review, but are not entitled to solicit reviews from reviewers of their choice or to influence the decision of the Editorial Board on whom to approach for such a review.