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Research Support Guide for Law Postgraduate Students and Academic Staff

Research support assistance and useful library resources for Postgraduate students and Academic Staff

Finding Print Books

You can use the library catalogue, uKwazi, to search for a variety of materials, not just printed books.  When you search on the catalogue you might find books, eBooks, journals and media sources in your results list.  

If you are looking for a specific book, it is best to search by Author (just the surname) and just a few words from the book title.  Or you can use a few topic keywords if you want to find out what we have in stock for your subject.

The catalogue will tell you the location of the book (called the shelf number), the number of copies we have and the date any items currently on loan will be due back in the Library. 

Present your student card to the staff when making your first visit to the Library to ensure that you have been registered on our database system.

How many books may be borrowed from the open shelves?
• Undergraduates: 10 items for 2 weeks
• Postgraduates: 15 items for 4 weeks
• Staff: 30 items for 6 weeks

Book renewal
• Items that have been borrowed from the open bookshelves may be renewed twice.
• Renewals are allowed only if the item is not overdue or not in demand.

• R1.00 per day per item for most overdue items
• R5.00 per hour per item for overdue Short loan items

Short Loans Section
• Prescribed texts, recommended readings are available in this section
• Books may be used for 1 hour only
• Books may be borrowed overnight from 2 pm during the week and 12 pm on Fridays
• Maximum of 2 items may be borrowed
• DVDs and CDRoms obtainable from this section may be viewed on level 5

Lost Material
You will be charged the replacement cost of the item plus
an additional handling charge.

Contact details:
Circulation Desk: 021 959 2946

If we do not have a particular book you want, (either print or electronic), we can obtain it for you using our inter-library loans service.

NB: Before putting in a request please check that we do not hold an electronic or print copy.

InterLibrary Loan Request Form

International Law Handbook - Collection of Instruments - Book One.

Children, Human Rights and Temporary Labour Migration.

Disability Human Rights Law Book.

Jacques Derrida - Law as Absolute Hospitality

Constitutional Theory: Schmitt after Derrida.

Brexit and the Control of Tobacco Illicit Trade.

The Influence of Labour Legislation on Job Creation and Job Sustainability in South Africa.

The Ethics of Cybersecurity.

Echoes of No-Thing: Thinking between Heidegger and Dōgen.

Socialism and Legal History: The Histories and Historians of Law in Socialist East-Central Europe.

Brexit and Beyond – Rethinking the Futures of Europe.

Governing Cyberspace: Behavior, Power and Diplomacy.

The Legitimacy of Modern Democracy: A Study on the Political Thought of Max Weber, Carl Schmitt and Hans Kelsen.

Sustainable Development Goals and Human Rights.

Advancing Equality - How Constitutional Rights Can Make a Difference Worldwide.

Destroying Democracy - Neoliberal capitalism and the rise of authoritarian politics.

Entangled Legalities Beyond the State

Nico Krisch

Common Law, Civil Law, and Colonial Law

 William Eves,, John Hudson, Ingrid Ivarsen, 

Law and Policy for the Quantum Age

Chris Jay Hoofnagle and Simson L. Garfinkel

Copyright Law: Cases and Materials (v3.0)

 Jeanne C. Fromer and Christopher Jon Sprigman

Gender, Judging and the Courts in Africa

J. Dawuni

Accountability and the Law: Rights, Authority and Transparency of Public Power

Piotr Mikuli, Grzegorz Kuca

Sustainable Commodity Use Its Governance, Legal Framework, and Future Regulatory Instruments

Maximilian Eduard Oehl

Domestic Courts and the Interpretation of International Law  - Methods and Reasoning Based on the Swiss Example

Odile Ammann



Textbooks are a very good source for starting research on any topic and should be seen as your first port of call. Do take care to use the latest editions where possible. Within a library environment books on the same subject are found together on the shelves.
Once you have found books on your topic browse the shelves for more on the same topic. Many law books are now published as e-books.
The reason why one should start with the books is that they will give both a broad overview of the subject as well as some detail on specifics. Usually, the author(s) or editor(s) will have done considerable research on a topic for the book. It is recommended that you follow up the footnotes to legislation, regulations, case law, books and other material.

It may be helpful to see a visual display of the research process.  See a general flowchart for the legal research process. 


Prescribed textbooks will be available at short loan on Level 5

Book Jacket

Criminal Law

Authors: Snyman, C. R.6th ed. Durban: LexisNexis SA. 2014

Book Jacket

Fundamental Principles of Civil Procedure

Authors: Theophilopoulos, Constantine
Van Heerden, C. M.
Boraine, A.
Third edition. Durban: LexisNexis SA. 2015

Book Jacket

Information and Communications Technology Law

Authors:Van der Merwe, D. P.
Roos, Anneliese Pistorius, Tana
Second edition. Durban: LexisNexis SA. 2016

Book Jacket

International Law

Authors: Strydom, H. A.Cape Town: Oxford University Press Southern Africa. 2016


Book Jacket

Jurisprudence in an African Context

Authors: Bilchitz, David Metz, Thaddeus
Oyowe, Oritsegbubemi: 
Cape Town: Oxford University Press Southern Africa. 2017

Book Jacket

Law of Delict

Authors: Neethling, J. Potgieter, J. M. Visser, P. J.: Seventh edition. Durban: LexisNexis SA. 2015

Book Jacket

Law of Intellectual Property in South Africa

Authors: Geyer, S. Kelbrick, R. A. Klopper, H. B.: Second edition. Durban: LexisNexis SA. 2016

Book Jacket

South African Constitutional Law in Context

Authors: Brand, Danie Freedman, Warren De Vos, Pierre: Cape Town: Oxford University Press Southern Africa. 2014


Book Jacket

The Principles of The Law of Property in South Africa

Authors: Badenhorst, P. J. Pope, Anne Mostert, Hanri: Cape Town: Oxford University Press Southern Africa. 2010

Guide to Business Law 5e (VitalSource eBook)

Guide to Business Law - Kopel, Shawn. 2012 

Cover Art

Introduction to legal pluralism in South Africa by Rautenbach, C. (Christa), editor. 

Publication Date: 2018

Cover Art

Africa and International Criminal Justice by Fred Aja Agwu: Publication Date: 2019-12-03


Law of South Africa (LAWSA) | Thorolds

"The Law of South Africa (LAWSA) is the only complete narrative statement of South African law from all its sources, including statutory law, case law and common law. It has been published for over 40 years and is widely considered a prestigious authority and first point of reference for research. It is arranged alphabetically by subject into 162 titles, each title written by a subject expert from the judiciary, legal profession or academia and is vetted by an eminent editorial panel. It includes several indexes and updating services. Available in online and in print as 63 hardcover title volumes + 2 volume Lawsa supplement." (Definition from LexisNexis).

My LexisNexis


Cardiff Index to Legal Abbreviations

This database allows you to search for the meaning of abbreviations for English language legal publications, from the British Isles, the Commonwealth and the United States, including those covering international and comparative law.

A wide selection of major foreign language law publications is also included. Publications from over 295 jurisdictions are featured in the Index.

The database mainly covers law reports and law periodicals but some other legal publications are also included. The Index is under continuous development with new abbreviations and titles being added on a regular basis.

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Enter the title of a Law publication to find the abbreviation 

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