How does Law communicate - a call for papers

26 Mar 2020 - 15:45

An informed citizenry is not supposed to ignore the law. However, how does law communicate in the contemporary democratic public sphere?

Distinguished Professor Phillipe-Joseph Salazar and Klaus Kotze, of UCT Law Faculty's Centre for Rhetorics Studies, will be editing a special edition of Javnost - The Public, focused on How does Law communicate?. New date for submission of brief outlines - 30 April 2020.

This is the call for original and thought-provoking papers by authors specialised in legal rhetoric, critical legal studies, and legal studies at large, to help to unravel a number of issues such as (and not limited to):

  • law journal editorial strategies in the dissemination of legal knowledge
  • the writing of judgements by superior courts
  • theories of legal interpretation and jurisprudence
  • the communicative practices of the judiciary or justice ministries in publicising the law, or
  • law firms corporate communications.

Historical papers with direct relevance to publicness in the modern period (19th Century onward) may be submitted. Eight papers will be retained after rigorous peer-review.

Paper length:  8,000 words.

Due date for remittance of papers: 1 October 2020.

Publication date of this issue:  1st semester  2021

This thematic  issue is guest-edited by Philippe-Joseph Salazar, Distinguished Professor of Rhetoric (first editor) and Klaus Kotzé, A W Mellon-UCT Postdoctoral Fellow in Rhetoric Studies (second editor), both at the Faculty of Law, University of Cape Town, South Africa. The editors' email is:

Javnost - The Public is a leading journal in communication and critical studies, published by Taylor and Francis Routledge, and carries subsidy from DHET. Please refer to the Journal webpage for more detail,