The African Disability Rights Yearbook aims to advance disability scholarship. Coming in the wake 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. It provides an annual forum for scholarly analysis on issues pertaining to the human rights of persons with disabilities.

It is also a source for country-based reports as well as commentaries on recent developments in the field of disability rights in the African region.

The African Disability Rights Yearbook (ISSN: 2413-7138) publishes peer-reviewed contributions dealing with the rights of persons with disabilities and related topics, with specific relevance to Africa, Africans and scholars of Africa.

The Yearbook appears annually under the aegis of the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria.

The Yearbook is an open access online publication, see


  • Charles Ngwena
    Convening Editor, Professor of Law, Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria
  • Ilze Grobbelaar-du Plessis
    Senior Lecturer, Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria
  • HelĂ©ne Combrinck
    Associate Professor of Law, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, Faculty of Law, University of the Western Cape
  • Serges Djoyou Kamga
    Associate Professor, Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, University of South Africa

Assisted by

  • Thuto Moratuoa Hlalele
    Academic Associate, Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria
  • Kate Painting
    Editor, Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria

International advisory board

  • Tsitsi Chataika
    Senior Lecturer, Department of Educational Foundations, Faculty of Education, University of Zimbabwe
  • Luke Clements
    Professor, Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University, United Kingdom
  • Therese Degener
    Professor, University of Applied Sciences, Bochum, Germany
  • Andrew Dube
    Chief Executive Officer, Secretariat of the African Decade of Persons with Disabilities
  • Anna Lawson
    Professor, School of Law, Leeds University, United Kingdom
  • Christopher Mbazira
    Professor, Faculty of Law, Makerere University, Uganda
  • Charlotte McClain-Nhlapo
    Coordinator - Disability and Inclusive Development, Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning, USAID ( serving on the Advisory Board of the African Disability Rights Yearbook in her personal capacity)
  • Bonita Meyersfeld
    Professor, Director, Centre for Applied Legal Studies, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
  • Lawrence Mute
    Member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights Working Group for Persons with Disabilities, Formerly a member of the Kenya Human Rights Commission
  • Michael Ashley Stein
    Executive Director, Harvard Law School Project on Disability, Harvard University; Professor, William & Mary Law School, United States
  • Gerard Quinn
    Professor, Centre for Disability Law and Policy, National University of Ireland, Ireland
  • Monica Mbaru
    Justice of the Labour Court, Kenya


Open Access Policy

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 read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of these articles, or use them for any other lawful, non-commercial purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author.