Gender-based violence (GBV), Domestic Violence, Occupational Health and Safety, Access to Justice by the Less Privileged, Laws and Transnational Terrorism, are some of the issues examined in the latest issue of the UKZN Student Law Review journal.

The academic journal was founded in 2012 by students for students to provide a platform for undergraduate and postgraduate Law students to develop as legal professionals, scholars and academics.

‘Contributing to the already vast pool of knowledge in relation to these issues becomes necessary in the changing society in which we live,’ said Editor-in-Chief Mr Muzi Mgabhi.

‘We as the Student Law Review therefore seek to question the status quo and contribute to the growth of the knowledge pool. Without criticism, review and critical analysis, we cannot grow and develop. This is therefore our aim.’

The article on GBV considers the extent of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence (SGBV), beyond border lines. It considers what the international legal fraternity has done to mitigate the harsh effects of Sexual and Gender-Based Violence and investigates the responses of the international Criminal Court (ICC) to this issue facing, not only South Africa, but the whole of Africa.

The article on domestic violence offers a pragmatic analysis of the impact and effects of domestic violence on children in homes, the place where they are most exposed to aggressive or threatening acts between parents and other adult parties, as well as the legal protection granted to these children.

The article on Transnational Terrorism seeks not only to provide for a necessary source of reference of how such a threat may be ameliorated, but rather to also identify the steps taken within the International, regional and national levels to address this growing threat. 

‘What was said on Domestic Violence or Gender-Based Violence or even on Terrorism in the 20th century cannot relate to the issues of today,’ said Mgabhi.

‘It is our hope that our readers will be enriched from the offerings. A lot still needs to be done to address the issues discussed and practically, we have a long way to go! But practicality must first be theoretically and empirically tested. And with these offerings, our authors have gone the extra mile to enrich our readers with empirical data they need to grow their knowledge base. It is therefore our hope that our offerings will encourage our students to write more.’

The journal is available at: https://ukznstudentlawreview.wixsite.com/home/third-issue

Words: Thandiwe Jumo

Photograph: Supplied