Job Advertisement: Editor-in-Chief


Job Advertisement: Editor-in-Chief

Southern African Public Law Journal

The Southern African Public Law (SAPL) journal is an accredited, blind peer-reviewed journal published twice a year. It aims to stimulate debate on public law issues and provides a forum for discussion and critical reflection on a wide range of public law issues, from the theory and practice of human rights to constitutional and administrative law, environmental law, regional governance and land reform. It publishes articles in the fields of constitutional and administrative law, human rights, constitutional and statutory interpretation, public international law, legal and constitutional theory, environmental law, local government law and closely related areas. Southern African Public Law aims to provide a space for scholars and intellectuals from the Southern African region in particular, and the African continent in general, to reflect on public law issues.

Job title: Editor-in-Chief - Southern African Public Law.

Reporting to: Southern African Public Law Editorial Board.


The Editor-in-Chief is a voluntary position appointed for a period of three years, renewable for a further three years.

The Editor-in-Chief is assisted by a team of Associate Editors and a Publications Editor.

The main responsibilities of the Editor-in-Chief include:

Providing editorial leadership and oversight of the journal to maintain its status as one of the leading African academic research journals.

Providing guidance on the day-to-day editorial matters of the journal.

To provide leadership in the peer review process: screening and selecting papers for review; assigning papers for peer review; and overseeing the peer review process.

Ensuring the rapid, efficient and professional review of all submitted articles.

Ensure that the journal produces two issues per year in a timely manner.

Organise or commission special issues of the journal.

To implement the vision and strategy set by the Editorial Board and report to the Editorial Board regularly.

To work with the Editorial Board, the owners of the journal at the University of South Africa (UNISA) College of Law, and the publisher, UNISA Press, to ensure the good standing, high academic standards, and success of the journal.

Editor-in-Chief Essential Criteria:

A doctorate in law

A record of publications in public law

Experience in managing or conducting research

Leadership skills with the ability to work collaboratively

A record of editing

Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills

Excellent organisational skills, including the ability to work to tight deadlines and manage multiple competing priorities

Application process:

1) Candidates should send a current full curriculum vitae.

2) A two-page cover letter explaining why you meet the requirements for the post of EIC.

3) Two letters of reference.


Applications from suitably qualified and experienced candidates should be sent by email to Ms Tanja Botha at by Sunday 25 February 2024.


Issued by Professor Jeremy Sarkin, Chair of the SAPL Editorial Board

5 February 2024