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The Faculty of Law has a excellent research profile. The number of subsidy-generating publication units in respect of articles published by members of the Fa​culty increases annually. Faculty members are actively involved in the co-authoring of books, updating of chapters in standard law text books and frequently contribute to chapters to new books and other publications (including articles in non-accredited journals, several book reviews and the updating of loose-leaf publications). In addition, Faculty members present numerous research papers at conferences, symposia, workshops and the like (both locally and abroad).

It is the vision of the University of Johannesburg to be a premier, embracing, African city university offering a mix of vocational and academic programmes that advances freedom, democracy, equality and human dignity as high ideals of humanity through distinguished scholarship, excellence in teaching, reputable research and innovation, and through putting intellectual capital to work. In view of achieving this, the Faculty has four active research centres, namely the Research Centre for Private International Law in Emerging Economies, the Centre for Banking Law, the Centre for International Comparative Labour and Social Security Law (CICLASS) and the South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC), which is based at the Old Fort on Constitution Hill. These research centres produce publications, arrange seminars and submit reports to national and international bodies. In addition, the NRF Chair in Public International Law functioned within the domain of the Faculty.

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