About the Journal

Focus and Scope

The South African Yearbook of International Law (SAYIL) is an annual publication, published by Unisa Press and administered by Unisa's Department of Public, Constitutional and International Law.

SAYIL is accredited by the Department of Higher Education and Training of South Africa.

The Yearbook publishes contributions in English in any area of international law. We encourage articles and notes on current issues and those that look back on developments that took place during the year of the volume. Although we publish articles in any area of international law, the editors particularly welcome submissions that have a South African or broader African relevance.

Peer Review Process

All submissions are peer-reviewed by means of the double-blind system to guarantee impartiality and a focus on quality of the submissions. All articles submitted to the journal are peer reviewed by at least two reviewers.

The final decision in the case of a dispute between reviewers lies with the editors, although in all cases an attempt is made to reach consensus between the reviewers.

Journal History

The South African Yearbook of International Law was established in 1975 and formerly housed in the Centre for Public Law Studies at the University of South Africa. Since 2018 the journal is housed in the Department of Public, Constitutional and International Law at the University of South Africa.