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Best Article by an Emerging Scholar

South African Journal on Human Rights

About the prize

The South African Journal on Human Rights (SAJHR) Best Article by an Emerging Scholar is an award offered each year to honour outstanding scholarship of an emerging researcher or researchers, in the case of a co-published article. The Best Article will be selected by the Award Committee from the previous year’s SAJHR issues.

The Best Article award serves as a recognition of outstanding scholarship, to encourage high quality submissions from emerging scholars to the SAJHR, and to promote the academic profile of such scholars.

Founded in 1985 by the Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS) and housed at the School of Law, University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, the SAJHR is the leading South African public law journal, publishing scholarship of the highest standard for a worldwide readership. The Journal appears four times a year and is published by CALS and Taylor & Francis.

The selected Emerging Scholar will be awarded a prize (choice of cash or a Routledge/Taylor & Francis book voucher) up to the value of R2 000 by the SAJHR. The Award may be split for a co-authored article where all co-authors are considered emerging scholars.

The Award Committee will consist of two South African Journal on Human Rights editors and a human-rights scholar.

Submissions information


All original articles and case notes published by emerging scholars in the preceding year’s SAJHR issues will be considered for the Award. Book reviews and current developments will not be considered for the Award.

Those 40 years and younger, currently a PhD Candidate or within 5 year of receiving their PhD at the time of article publication, and with recognisable potential to establish themselves as researchers in their fields, will be considered for the emerging scholar award.


The Award Committee meets early in the year to review the original articles published by emerging scholars in all the previous year’s issues of the South African Journal on Human Rights, and decide on the Award recipient(s). The decision will be announced in the first half of the year, and a record of the award published in the second issue of the year. The winning article will be made free to access for six months following the announcement of the Award. The decision of the Award Committee is final.

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