Students who have completed, or will complete, their doctoral studies in law at an African University in 2024 are encouraged to submit their doctoral theses for consideration for the Christof Heyns Memorial Thesis Award, which is awarded on an annual basis. The winning thesis will be published in book form by the Pretoria University Law Press (PULP).

About the Christof Heyns Memorial Thesis Award

The Memorial Thesis Award was introduced to honour the memory of the late Professor Christof Heyns, who passed away in March 2021. Professor Heyns was a founder of the Pretoria University Law Press and took the initiative towards the introduction of this prize. This prize underlines his exceptional passion for promoting scholarship and a life devoted to initiating innovative ideas to make the world a better place for all. There can be no better way to begin to recognise the enormous contribution that Professor Heyns has made to advancing scholarship, research and publication in Africa, by Africans and on Africa.

With what topic must my thesis deal?

  • Human rights,
  • Good governance, or
  • Social justice as seen from an African perspective.

What do I win?

  • The winner of the Christof Heyns Memorial Thesis Award receives a cash prize of R10 000 in addition to the option to publish with PULP.
  • The runner-up receives a R5 000 cash prize and the option to publish their thesis in book form, with PULP!

The panel of experts will decide a winner and one runner-up. 

Are there entry fees?

No. There are no entry fees to enter the Christof Heyns Memorial Thesis Award.

How to enter

All submissions are electronic and no hard-copies are accepted. Your entry must be emailed to liesl.hager@up.ac.za.
You will receive an acknowledgement of receipt via email.

When is the opening date?

Submission open on 1 April 2024

When is the closing date?

Submission close on 31 July 2024

For more information please contact:

Dr Liesl Hager
Research, Marketing and Publishing Assistant
Pretoria University Law Press (PULP)


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