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Call for Editors

Call for Associate Editors 2019 - 2020

The South African Journal on Human Rights (SAJHR) is currently seeking applications for the positions of Associate Editors. An Associate Editor position is highly suited for postgraduate law students interested in developing as researchers and writers in the areas of human rights, constitutional law, public law and, more broadly, social justice. Applicants should preferably be registered for postgraduate law studies at a law faculty, school or institute with access to a good library and online legal resources and materials. The position of Associate Editor is a one-year appointment, acknowledged on the pages of the Journal, which is renewable subject to satisfactory performance.

Associate Editors play an indispensable part of bringing each issue of the journal to life. Due to the SAJHR’s strict production schedules, Associate Editors are expected to adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, particularly with respect to meeting often tight deadlines.

The Associate Editor position is a valuable developmental opportunity that will afford successful applicants the chance to work closely with the SAJHR Editorial Committee to produce one of South Africa’s top- law journals.


Applicants should have strong editing, research and writing skills, in addition to a demonstrated interest in human rights, constitutional law, public law and, more broadly, social justice concerns. Applicants should have a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree or be near the completion of their Bachelor’s degree with the view of pursuing postgraduate studies. Applicants with experience working with a peer-reviewed or non-peer reviewed academic or law journal are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants must have steady access to email, library/research facilities and databases for fact and citation checking purposes. Applicants should be available to assume their positions immediately.


Formally, Associate Editors report primarily to the SAJHR Editor-in-Chief, but will work closely with the SAJHR Managing Editor as per the requirements of each individual issue. The primary responsibilities of Associate Editors include factchecking and cite-checking of accepted submissions in preparing them for publication.


The Associate Editor position is a non-remunerated position; all positions within the SAJHR, apart from professional consultancy services, are performed on a volunteer basis. The position of Associate Editor is designed to be full of intrinsic rewards: benefits include being an integral, and formally-acknowledged part of
producing a top-rated South African law journal, engaging with leading scholars work, and working with a professional Managing Editor. Success in this position will better position Associate Editors for future careers as academics, researchers, and public-interest lawyering.

Application procedure

To apply, please send a letter of interest, a CV, a recent writing sample, contact information for three references and examples of past editing work (if applicable), to the Managing Editor, Dr. Joey Kok at by 3 December 2018.

Short-listed Applicants will be invited to review and edit a short sample article. Successful applicants will receive training before commencing in the position.