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The African Disability Rights Yearbook (ADRY) is a peer-reviewed journal that is published once a year with 2013 as its inaugural year.

ISSN: 2311-8970
E-ISSN: 2413-7138

Latest Issue: Volume 11 2023

Drawing inspiration from the European Yearbook on Disability Law, it is the first publication of its kind that focuses on Africa. It aims to bring into prominence an area traditionally neglected by both African governments and academics. Following in the wake of the adoption of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, it is the first peer-reviewed journal to focus exclusively on disability as human rights on the African continent.

The Yearbook, which is projected to appear annually, is set out in three sections. Section A contains academic articles: Section B consists of country-based research, charting recent developments on disability rights legislation, case law and policy developments in selected African states; and Section C deals with relevant developments in the African Union (AU) and African sub-regional organisations.

The publication of the first issue of the Yearbook in 2013 is a milestone in the engagement on the rights of persons with disabilities by the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria, under whose auspices this publication was conceived and is being produced. It marks a highlight in the efforts taken by the Centre over the last few years to bring more academic attention to the rights of persons with disabilities in Africa. These efforts have only been possible with the support of the Open Society foundations, in particular, Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa (OSISA).

The Yearbook is published by the Pretoria University Law Press (PULP).


African Disability Rights Yearbook 2024: Call for Papers

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The African Disability Rights Yearbook (ADRY) is calling for papers for consideration for publication in Section A of the ADRY in 2024. The ADRY publishes once a year with a focus on disability rights issues and developments of contemporary concern to persons with disabilities on the African continent.

The ADRY comprises four sections – Section A containing doctrinal articles and for which we are calling for papers; Section B containing country-focused overviews of developments in disability rights in selected African countries; and Section C containing brief overviews of developments at the African regional and sub-regional levels. The fourth section is a book review section.

Articles for Section A of the ADRY - the subject of this Call - should be original and not under consideration for publication by another journal. An article should not exceed 10 000 words, including footnote references. The introduction to the article should be preceded by a summary of not more than 250 words. All articles must comply with the PULP style guidelines. When preparing articles for submission, contributors are advised to follow the guidelines which are available on the ADRY website at 'Submissions'

Kindly note that where an article is based on empirical research involving human subjects conducted by the author, it is the policy of the ADRY to require submission of the article to be accompanied by documentary proof of independent ethics review approval.

As the ADRY is currently migrating over to the Online Journal System (OJS), authors are required to make their submissions using the following website:

You will be required to create a profile before making your submission. All queries relating to OJS and submission procedures may be sent to:

  Ms Sabeeha Majid  
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The deadline for submissions is 21 March 2024. Queries regarding the content of articles for Section A may be directed to

  Prof Charles Ngwena
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  Dr Nkatha Murungi
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The African Disability Rights Yearbook is an Open Access Journal and provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. In accordance with the definition of the Budapest Open Access Initiative all content published by the African Disability Rights Yearbook is made free to users without any registration, subscription or other charges. Users are permitted to adapt, share, read, download, copy, distribute, redistribute, print, search, or link to the full text of these articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.