oa Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa - Teaching public international law in South Africa: problems and possibilities

Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0010-4051



The first issue to be addressed is the place of public international law in the curriculum of South African universities. In many South African law faculties the subject is an optional course. While other courses are also optional, there are good reasons to question the wisdom of relegating public international law to optional status. This status reinforces the commonly held perception that public international law is of little value to the practitioner. This perception is misguided and ignores the important role which public international law plays in our domestic law.

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