About the Journal

Welcome to the Emerging Scholar Student Law Journal (ESSLJ)


ISSN: To be confirmed


Frequency: 1 issue per year


Journal Status: active

The Emerging Scholars Student Law Journal (ESSLJ) is a student-centered initiative based at the University of the Western Cape. Launched in November 2023, the journal is published online. It aims to promote the visibility of students’ work, and their contributions to current legal debates through publications. Students are called upon to think outside the box, identify the issues which have ignited debate in recent times in the various areas of law, and add their voice to these contemporary issues. The journal will also provide a platform for students to  suggest solutions to the problems confronting the world, particularly Africa and the rest of the Global South. Students are also encouraged to develop their research papers and/or theses into publishable articles. The journal accepts articles, case notes and/or opinion pieces from any field of law, and the language of publication is in English only. The submitted papers will undergo a double peer-review process and all contributions shall be available on open-access.

Editorial Board

The Emerging Scholars Student Law Journal (ESSLJ) is proud to have an editorial board of pre-eminent legal scholars who will be introducing each issue.

Dr Razaana Denson, Nelson Mandela University

Prof Angelo Dube, UNISA

Prof Thuli Madonsela, Stellenbosch University

Dr Ahmad Ghouri, University of Sussex

Prof Gerhard Kemp, University of the West of England

Prof Puseletso Letete, University of Johannesburg

Prof Ntombizozuko Dyani-Mhango, University of Pretoria

Ms Ilana Le Roux, University of Pretoria