Copyright (c) 2006 The American Society of Comparative Law, Inc.
The American Journal of Comparative Law
Book Review: Edited by C.G. van der Merwe and Jacques E. du Plessis, Introduction to the Law of South Africa (Kluwer Law International, The Hague, 2004), pp. 548.
54 Am. J. Comp. L. 687
Reviewed by Arianna Pretto-Sakmann*
I. Structure: An Overview
This introduction to South African law is a bona fide attempt to fulfill the expectation created in the preface, namely to "convey to the reader the essence of the system" as well as "something of the excitement shared by so many who have an interest in its continuous development to meet the demands of these challenging times." 1
To the uninitiated foreign reader the law of South Africa is rife with peculiarities, heirlooms of the country's colonial history. The book seeks to outline some of them, both through an introductory overview (Francois du Bois) and through the more specific treatment of various substantive areas: Constitutional Law (Johan de Waal), Administrative Law (Cora Hoexter), Family Law (Brigitte Clark), Law of Succession (Marius de Waal), Law of Property (C.G. van der Merwe), Law of Contract (Gerhard Lubbe and Jacques du Plessis), Law of Delict (Max Loubser), Commercial Law (Charl Hugo and Richard Stevens), Companies and Other Business Entities (Philip Sutherland), Labour Law (Christoph Garbers), Law of Civil Procedure (H.J. Erasmus), Criminal Law (Jonathan Burchell), Law of Evidence (David Zeffertt), and Law of Criminal Procedure (Andrew Skeen).
Reinhard Zimmermann, who co-edited the well-received Southern Cross in 1996, 2 has contributed a foreword to the present book, and some of the participants in that earlier project have returned with contributions to this one. Although Southern Cross treated the subject matter in greater depth, the current volume provides a necessary update of South African law in light of the crucial ...
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