oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Popularization of law, Part one

Volume 14, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



This article sets out to examine certain aspects of legal popularization. These are (i) conventional methods of promulgation and communication of laws; (ii) conventional beliefs about the extent of popular legal knowledge and what research in other parts of the world has shown; (iii) by reference to the findings of a survey in Durban, the extent of popular legal knowledge and the effects of education, occupation and race on popular legal knowledge. The second half of the article contains proposals for legal popularization by means of the advancement of a theory of what has been termed "preventative law". The fist section considers the definition of preventative law while the second and third outline its practical workings and aims.

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