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Book Review – Dugard’s International Law

by John Dugard, Max Du Plessis, Tiyanjana Maluwa & Dire Tladi (Fifth Edition) (938 pages) Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd www.jutalaw.co.za “Peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations – entangling alliances with none.”– Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), 3rd President of the USA, in his first inaugural address on 04 March 1801 The complex web of interlinking, overlapping and intertwined international …

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Book Review – Public Procurement Regulation

by Sope Williams-Elegbe and Geo Quinot (editors) (370 pages) Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd www.jutalaw.co.za “The state is or can be master of money, but in a free society it is master of very little else.”– William Henry Beverage (1879-1963) Governments around the world allocate substantial portions of their budgets to the award of state contracts for the provision of …

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Book Review – Oil, Gas and Mining Law in Africa

by Thierry Lauriol and Émilie Raynaud (584 pages) Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd www.jutalaw.co.za “We have no more right to consume happiness without producing it than to consume wealth without producing it.”– George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) The exploitation of natural resources in Africa is front and central to the economic, social and political development of the continent. This was largely …

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Book Review – Evidential Aspects of Law Enforcement

by Marga van Rooyen (433 pages) Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd www.jutalaw.co.za “It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data”– from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) It has been demonstrated many times in South Africa, that laws on the statute books only have life breathed into them when they are effectively …

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Book Review – Finsen’s The Building Contract

A Commentary on the JBCC Agreements (3rd Edition) by Stan Segal (601 pages) Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd www.jutalaw.co.za “When we build, let us think that we build forever.”– John Ruskin (1819-1900) In the preface to the second edition of this book (2005), the author Eyvind Finsen observed that “…the building industry, like almost every aspect of modern life, doesn’t …

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Book Review – Principles of Market Abuse Regulation

A Comparative South African Perspective by Howard Chitimira (168 pages) Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd www.jutalaw.co.za “Take care to get what you like or you will be forced to like what you get.”– George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950) Where there is money, there is mischief. Every coin has a flip side, and so does every banknote. Not surprisingly, financial markets provide …

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Book Review – Applied Law for Police Officials

(5th Edition) by Cerita Joubert (603 pages) Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd www.jutalaw.co.za “Detection is, or ought to be, an exact science, and should be treated in the same cold and unemotional manner.”– Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930) According to the South African Constitution, police officials are responsible for upholding and enforcing the law. This means that all police officials …

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Book Review – Public Interest Litigation in SA

by Jason Brickhill (contributing Editor) (433 pages) Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd www.jutalaw.co.za “The welfare of the people is the ultimate law”– Marcus Tullius Cicero (106-43 BC) Litigation in the public interest has been enabled by the democratic Constitution of South Africa to play an increasingly significant role in recent years, largely to hold government to account, and to a …

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Book Review – Scott on Cession

A Treatise on the Law in South Africa by Susan Scott (623 pages) Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd www.jutalaw.co.za “The law regarding cession of actions… presupposes a triangle – a debtor, a creditor who becomes a cedant, and a third party, the cessionary, to whom the benefit is tranferred by the cedant creditor.”– Chief Justice of the Southern Rhodesia High …

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Book Review: UBUNTU An African Jurisprudence

UBUNTU An African Jurisprudence by T W Bennett, assisted by AR Munro & P J Jacobs  (223 pages) Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd www.jutalaw.co.za “The adoption of this Constitution lays the secure foundation for the people of South Africa to transcend the divisions and strife of the past, which generated gross violations of human rights, the transgression of humanitarian principles …

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Book Review: The Law of Arbitration

The Law of Arbitration South African and International Arbitration by PAA RAMSDEN (Second Edition) (416 pages) Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd www.jutalaw.co.za “The settlement or the solution of all disputes or conflicts of whatever nature or of whatever origin they may be which may arise… shall never be sought by either side except by pacific means”– from the Kellogg-Briand Pact, signed …

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Book Review: Precedents for Applications in Civil Proceedings

Precedents for Applications in Civil Proceedings by Peter van Blerk (772 pages) Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd www.jutalaw.co.za “Then rising with Aurora’s light, The Muse invoked, sit down to write; Blot out, correct, insert, refine, Enlarge, diminish, interline.”– Jonathan Swift (1667-1745). The ability of lawyers to draft and craft affidavits in application proceedings is fundamental to a civil litigation practice. Not …

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Book Review: Undoing Delict

The South African Law of Delict under the Constitution by Anton Fagan (316 pages) Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd www.jutalaw.co.za “The common law is not to be trapped within the limitations of its past. It need not be interpreted in conditions of social and constitutional ossification. It needs to be revisited and revitalised with the spirit of the constitutional values defined in … the Constitution…” – …

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Book Review: Trust Law in South Africa

By Walter D. Geach Editor: Louise du Toit (553 pages) Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd www.jutalaw.co.za “Where large sums of money are concerned, it is advisable to trust nobody.” – Agatha Christie (1891-1976) The law relating to trusts in South Africa is one of those areas where the common law still plays a major role. Of course, specific sections of a …

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Book Review: The Law of the Sea

The African Union and its Member States Editors: Patrick Vrancken and Martin Tsamenyi (867 pages) Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd www.jutalaw.co.za “On life’s vast ocean diversely we sail, Reason the card, but passion is the gale.” – Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744) Taking ownership of the sacred responsibility of safeguarding the future of our planet has become increasingly urgent as …

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Book Review: Child Law in South Africa (2nd Edition)

Edited by Trynie Boezaart (853 pages) Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd – www.juta.co.za “Child! do not throw this book about; Refrain from the unholy pleasure Of cutting all the pictures out! Preserve it as your chiefest treasure.” – Hilaire Belloc (1870-1953) Not every child grows up to become an adult. But every adult was once a child. It is said we never lose …