oa De Rebus - Legal milestones (9)



Judged in terms of its constitutional and political significance, Brown v Leyds N0 is second only to the Harris cases in the annals of South African law. Not only did the judgment in this case precipitate a major political crisis that resulted in the dismissal of the chief justice of the South African Republic, but it later formed the basis for an international claim by the United States against Britain, as successor state to the South African Republic.


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