The evolution and implementation of democracy, good governance, human rights and socio-economic development are critical issues facing South Africa and Africa as a whole. Our aim is to create a forum in which key aspects of these processes can be debated by scholars, practitioners as well as those concerned with policy-making across the continent, thus contributing to the development of shared knowledge and cooperative effort.

The focus is on:

  • the way that the law regulates important aspects of the economic process such as trade and industry, labour, the environment, education, training and culture;
  • the protection and extension of rights which drive and mould socio-economic development such as political rights, gender rights, children's rights, labour rights and other rights which enable the individual to participate in civil society;
  • the influence of international and regional developments in the areas of policy and law on socio-economic development.

Law, Democracy & Development analyses the evolution of the law in this context and the discourse surrounding its evolution. It examines legal rules with a view to establishing how effective they are in their own terms while, at the same time, scrutinising those terms themselves in a spirit of open-ended inquiry. The objective is to contribute not only to research but also to practical application of the relevant principles by the courts and to the ongoing debate on legal reform.

Law, Democracy & Development is aimed at legal practitioners, academics, social scientists, students and all others engaged in the formulation and implementation of development policy within the framework of a democratic constitutional order.


Law, Democracy & Development is accredited by the Department of Education as an approved journal of subsidised research output.  All articles submitted for publication are subject to evaluation by independent referees in accordance with the requirements applicable to accredited journals.  In addition, contributions on topics of special interest that have not been subjected to this process may be published in the Forum section.

The articles contained in the journal do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors.