Law, Democracy & Development is the journal of the Faculty of Law at the University of the Western Cape. The first issue appeared in May 1997. The journal set out to build on the proud traditions established by UWC and the Law Faculty in the struggle for democracy, with many of our staff and alumni having gone on to serve as Ministers of state, judges of the highest courts and in other key positions in the post-apartheid dispensation. Our focus is on legal and socio-legal issues relevant to the development challenges facing South Africa and Africa – above all, the nurturing of institutions of governance based on the promotion of human rights.

From an academic perspective, thus, LDD is not confined to any single area of law, nor to law in any narrow or technical sense, even though it consistently engages with the content and proper interpretation of the law. Over and above this, however , it is concerned with the role of every branch of law and legal institutions in promoting or obstructing democracy and development within a specific social context. As the 21st century unfolds, we believe that understanding law and governance in this sense is more important than ever in promoting a culture of accountability and respect for human rights across Africa.

Given this focus, LDD has sought to engage with legal scholars in all African countries in order to stimulate discussion across national boundaries. To this end our printed version was circulated to law faculties and developmental agencies throughout Africa and  attracted an increasing number of contributions from other countries.

By going online as from 2010, LDD has greatly increased its reach as well as its accessibility to scholars in Africa and beyond. Contributions are invited online (for more detail, see Guidelines for authors).

  • LDD is a peer-reviewed journal and has been accredited by the Department of Education for the publication of subsidised research outputs since 2001.