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New LLM Programme in Private Law and Human Rights to launch in 2015

9 Jun 2014 - 12:35
South African private law is unique. First, it is an organic and continuously evolving body of rules and principles, consisting mainly of common law and custom rather than legislation. Second, it is a mixture of three legal traditions: Roman, English and African. Third, its development since 1996 has been subject to two Constitutional provisions, each imposing a novel legal duty on the courts: section 39(2) obliges the courts to promote the spirit, purport and objects of the Bill of Rights whenever they develop common law or customary law; section 8 obliges courts to develop the common law if that is necessary to give effect to a right in the Bill of Rights which is binding on natural or juristic persons.

Thus the Department is delighted to announce the launch of a new LLM programme in Private Law and Human Rights in 2015. Further information concerning the programme, including details of individual courses, will shortly be made available here. In the meantime, please direct inquiries to Alistair Price or Jaco Barnard-Naude.