About the Journal

Dear Esteemed Readers,

We are proud and honored to launch the first issue of our Journal – The Journal of African Law and Contemporary Legal Issues (JALCLI) published by the University of Dodoma, School of Law.  The focus of JALCLI is on critical issues relevant to contemporary legal sensation. It publishes original papers that move discoveries from the bench to the community and from the community to the solution. The Journal also publishes case notes, as well as book reviews whose contents encompass contemporary legal issues aiming at contributing to the law society and the world at large.

This inaugural issue represents a distinguished start for our Journal that features the cutting-edge ideas of leading law thinkers in the above-mentioned focus. In an era where science and technology are advancing together at an accelerated pace, legal research are interacting to create a cultural attitude imbued with insistence on rule of law, access to justice and dignity. This Journal provides an integrated approach to currently debated legal issues and topics.

In the best interests of the law and community, JALCLI is freely accessible via online and hard copies.  We believe in presenting ideas to the public with no barriers.  There will be neither subscription fees nor processing fees for the authors. Authors who publish in the Journal will retain the copyright to their articles. JALCLI will be published two times a year with contributions from academic, lawyers and social scientists worldwide and, fittingly, will be coordinated at the University of Dodoma, School of law.

The editorial policy of JALCLI is guided by high standards of scientific and quality research, integrity, professional responsibility, and human compassion that constitute the legal scholarly and ethical bequest. Furthermore, manuscripts submitted to JALCLI will undergo peer-review process and quality control as would any other scholarly journal do.

We, the editorial team, invite you to be a part of the Journal by becoming a permanent reader or by contributing articles in the field of law to future issues.

Sincerely Yours,

 Editor in chief.


Author’s Guide

  1. Journal’s Publication Policy
    • The Journal welcomes manuscripts in the form of articles, case notes and book reviews.
    • The Journal encourages critical and interdisciplinary approach to law and strictly publishes original submissions of a high academic standard.
    • The Journal does not give priority to authors from any particular. institution. The determining factor for a submission’s acceptance depends on whether it meets the quality standards of JALCLI and whether space is available for publication.
    • In order to be considered for publication, a submission must be the result of original research by the author(s), meets with all applicable legal principles in respect of publication (such as copyright, etc.), contribute something sufficiently new to the existing literature and conform to the linguistic, technical and stylistic requirements for publications in JALCLI. Authors are personally responsible to ensure that their submissions meet all these requirements.
    • The submission to JALCLI of a manuscript for publication implies that it is the result of original research by the author(s) and that copyright vests in The editorial board has to be timely notified if the author(s) wish to submit a manuscript partially or in its entirety to another publication or if it has been published previously.
    • Submissions are only accepted for consideration on the basis that while the editorial committee makes the final decision on publication, submissions will be subjected to appropriate peer and expert review, as well as review by members of the advisory committee when necessary. The editorial committee further reserves the right to edit all submissions accepted for publication in terms of the editorial policy, as well as to shorten submissions if necessary.
    • Submissions are reviewed by members of the editorial board, the editorial advisory committee and knowledgeable arbiters. If a manuscript does not comply with standards set by the editorial board and advisory committee with regard to linguistic, content-based or technical standards, it is sent back to authors for reworking, if tenable.
    • Manuscripts may only be submitted in electronic format (utilising MS Word) through the JALCLI website or journal official e-mail. In addition, authors-
    • must supply their relevant contact particulars, especially e-mail address(es) and telephone numbers;
    • guarantee that they are legally entitled to have the full submission published and that it, or a part of it, has not been published elsewhere before;
    • disclose whether it, or a part of it, has been submitted to any other journal for publication; and
    • undertake to give reasonable notice to the editor if the submission is withdrawn for any reason.
  2. Guidelines for Authors

    2.1 Manuscript

    Manuscripts have to be in Times New Roman; 1.5 spaced with 12 font size. That is the case regarding the text itself, quotes and footnotes.

    Unless prior arrangements have been made with the editor, an article (including footnotes and the summary) must range between 8000 and 10000 words and other contributions must range between 3500 and 5500 words.

    2.2 An Abstract

    An abstract of between 250 and 450 words must accompany an article. It must be indented by 0.5 both right and left; single spaced.

    2.3 Key Words

    A list of key words (between 3-5) must feature immediately after an abstract. They must be alphabetically arranged.

    2.4 Rules on Footnotes


    - Footnotes must start with a capital and end with a full stop.

           - Where footnotes are used, no list of bibliography and/or readings is provided                 at the end of the paper.

           - Do not use footnotes in case notes or book reviews; rather all references                         should be integrated (in brackets) in the text itself provided that a list of                           bibliography and/or readings is given at the end of the paper.

           - Use abbreviations in the footnotes especially with regard to provisions of the                 law. For example use “s.9” and not “section 9”. 

           - Where multiple sources are referred to in one footnote, they have to be                           separated by semi-colons and preferably chronologically.

           - Individual footnotes have to be presented flowingly; the text should not be                    divided into paragraphs.

          2.5 Titles, Headings and Authors

    • Headings and titles of articles, book reviews and notes must be as short as possible.
    • Lowercase is used in the main headings of articles. Headings of articles are presented in the following way:

Sexual violence, armed conflict and international law in                                                                                                 Africa

                            Leonard Chimanda*


  • The asterisk (*) must have a corresponding asterisk footnote giving the particulars including the mail address of the author(s)
  • The title of the paper must be written with 14 font size.

         2.6 Sub (sections) and Numbering

Sections and subsections of articles, notes, discussions of case law and book reviews  are numbered in the following way:

  1. Introduction
  2. Phases of Refugee Influx

       2.1 The Open Door Phase

  1. Challenges facing Refugee Protection in Tanzania

       3.1 Limited Human Rights

       3.1.1 Right to Free Movement

       3.1.2 Right to Work Right to work in the Informal Sector Right to Work in the Formal Sector Right to Self Employment


     2.7 Other hierarchical orders are presented as follows:







     2.8 Citation of Sources

     All citations must be in accordance with the UDOM School of Law Citation and                 Referencing Guidelines.