Participation Criteria

The award recognises annually the best articles on advancing the public interest through the use of law or on any critical legal or business-related issues relevant to the public interest, published by a bona fide undergraduate or post-graduate student from a participating university.

Prizes and Awards

Publication in an acknowledged peer reviewed journal – R5000

Publication in a newspaper or practice journal (e.g. De Rebus) with national circulation – R3000

The recipients of the various university awards for the best publication in a peer reviewed journal will be considered for the national award of R10000.

The students should be registered with any participating university and should have published an article in a peered journal.

Award Committee

Hon. Dhaya Pillay – Founder

Christopher Carl Gevers – University of Kwa-Zulu Natal

Prof Ntombizozuko Dyani-Mhango – University of Pretoria

Prof. Danie Brand – University of Free State

Dr Tebello Thabane – University of Cape Town


Most frequent questions and answers

You can enter at your participating university.

Bona fide students registered for degrees in law, business, commerce or
economics, inlcuding LLB, B Com (Law), BA Law, B Com, as well as Masters
and Doctorates in these fields can participate if:
a. they have published an article in a peer-reviewed journal or
professional journal with national circulational.
b. are registered at one of the participating universities.

University of Cape Town
University of Free State
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Univesity of Pretoria

The editorial committee of each university shortlists the best publications in
both categories by its students and submits them in order of preference to the
KC Panel for approval. The approved publication is the winner in that univeristy.

The winning publications in the peer reviewed category are published on the
Yunus Mahomed Public Interest Award website. KC Panel chooses the best of the winning articles as the overall national winner.

One professor from each of the participating universities and the founder of the Award.

Each university will have an award ceremony by June and the national award will be made by October each year.

Whatever the house rules are of the publication in which the article appears.

Whoever owns the copyright to the articles in the publications in which they
were originally published. Participating students must submit their published
articles with copyright clearance certificates from the holder of such rights authorising publication on the Yunus Mahomed Public Interest Award website.

The KC Panel may shorten the articles to accommodate them on the website.