About the Journal

Obiter was first published in 1979. Initially it was published once per year but since 1994 two volumes were published annually.  As of 2005, three volumes have been published annually. From the contents over the years it is apparent that the purpose of the journal is to disseminate research results and that it supports a high level of learning, teaching and research in the subject of law.

Focus and Scope
Obiter publishes contributions relevant to the development of South African law.  It welcomes contributions relating to all branches of South African law.  Contributions of a comparative nature from any part of the world are also invited on the basis that the lessons drawn from the comparison are focused on South African Law.

Publication Frequency
Obiter is published triannually and welcomes contributions in English. Additional special editions are published periodically. 

Peer-reviewed articles are published in English.

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Usage & Impact
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  • SciELO SA Metrics

Article Processing Charges
Page charges are levied for contributions approved for publication. The tariff is ZAR180,00 per page.

Obiter is sponsored by the Faculty of Law, Nelson Mandela University, South Africa

Sources of Support
ASSAF provides support to host Obiter on the online journal system (OJS).