CfP - Special Issue on Decolonising the Legal Discipline

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Call for Papers
April 25, 2019 to April 30, 2019
South Africa
Subject Fields: 
Cultural History / Studies, Law and Legal History, Philosophy, Political History / Studies, Social History / Studies

Call for Papers:

The Journal of Decolonising Disciplines (JDD) is pleased to invite contributions to a special – legal – issue which will appear in October 2019. This special issue will be guest edited by the Dean of Law (Birkbeck, University of London) Professor Stewart Motha and Professor of Jurisprudence (University of the Free State) Karin Van Marle. As an intellectual space, the JDD aims to provide a platform for the consideration of decolonising strategies in all knowledge fields.

This special issue aims to probe the probability of decolonising the legal discipline in South Africa, Africa and the globe. In posing the question of decolonisation in the legal discipline the issue aims to address curriculum reform, social justice through the law and the capability of imagining a decolonised legal framework globally. In our immediate contexts, this issue is inspired by appeals to transformative constitutionalism as a means of attaining social justice, while investigating how feasible a decolonised legal curriculum is in a fast-paced globalisng world.

Interested authors are invited to submit abstracts, of no more than 300 words, expressing interest by the 25th of April 2019 to Full papers are to be submitted to on or before 15th August 2019. The length of contributions should range between 5000-8000 words including references, footnotes and images. For Author Guidelines on submissions, please consult the Journal webpage:

The special issue will be considering, but is not limited to, the following thematic areas:

  • Probabilities of decolonising the legal discipline in South Africa.
  • What does a decolonial legal framework look like in a globalising world?
  • Speculations on the probability of social justice through the law.
  • What are the implications of overly contextualised legal frameworks?
  • How has decolonisation on the African continent affected the judiciary in African states?
  • Is decolonisation the solution for transforming the legal discipline in South Africa and on the continent?

The editorial board of the JDD looks forward to receiving your submission.

S.H. Kumalo

Siseko H. Kumalo


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Editor: Journal of Decolonising Disciplines 
S.H. Kumalo (
University of Pretoria 

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