oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Accountability of children in rudimentary legal systems: a criminal law-evolutionary view



It has previously been indicated that at least four universal evolutionary processes are operative in criminal law, viz the processes of deconcretisation, individualisation, humanisation, dereligionisation and deritualisation. In this article the effect these processes have had on the criminal culpability of children is examined. In this regard specific attention is given to the indigenous legal systems of blacks in Southern Africa, Germanic law and Roman law.


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