The School of Law, University of Venda, in conjunction with SALDA will be hosting a one day Law Students’ Conference on the DECOLONISATION AND AFRICANISATION OF LEGAL EDUCATION on 15 July 2019 at the University of Venda, Research Conference Centre, University of Venda

School of Law, University of Venda together with the South African Law Deans’ Association (SALDA) Law Students’ Conference on the Decolonisation and Africanisation of Legal Education


This invitation to attend the law students’conference follows two successful workshops and conferences held by SALDA in 2016 and 2017 respectively. While post-colonial and post-apartheid legal education in South Africa has seen many changes, knowledge systems in the legal discipline at most South African universities remain rooted in colonial and western worldviews and epistemological traditions. The movement to transform and decolonise higher education has since been on the ascendancy in South Africa, but the intellectual voice of law students who are
the center as both the recipients and the future agents of the discourse is faint. From the point of view of students, what should be done to transform, decolonise and Africanise legal education in South Africa?

The purpose of the Law Students’ Conference is to intellectually engage the various meanings and implications of decolonisation and Africanisation of legal education from a law student perspective.
The conference seeks to attract original contributions on pertinent issues enclosing its main theme such as decolonisation of legal knowledge, epistemic diversity in legal education, transformation of the law curriculum and pedagogy, the political economy of legal knowledge production, decolonisaton and internationalisation, the role of transformative constitutionalism in decolonisation, infusing African values in the South African law curriculum and the role of African languages in legal education and ways of measuring progress.

INVITATION: Law students from SALDA’s member Faculties/Schools are invited to deliver papers; two students (two LLB students or one LLB and one LLM student) per University will be invited to present one joint paper.

ABSTRACTS: Prospective contributors should submit their abstract in word format to the Dean of Law or designated representative of each University. The selection of the winning abstract will be done by the sending
University. The expectation is that there will be one presentation each from the SALDA Faculties/Schools of Law.

IMPORTANT DATES: Please submit your abstract on or before 30 April 2019 (max. 300 words; authors can submit only one abstract) to the Dean of your Law Faculty/School; notification of acceptance of abstracts 15 May 2019; full paper submission 15 July 2019 to:

ENQUIRIES: Your own Dean/Faculty/School of Law and/or the former Dean of the School of Law, University of Venda:

REGISTRATION FEE: R750 per University. Once your abstract has been accepted, the organisers will send an invoice with the banking details to the relevant Faculty/ School.

LOGISTICS: Conference delegates will be expected to cover their own transport, accommodation and related costs. The University of Venda will circulate a list of suitable accommodation.


Jul 15 2019


09:00 AM - 05:00 PM


Research Conference Center
Research Conference Center
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