n Acta Juridica - Keynote address




South Africa has become, I think, the outstanding example of a successful interplay between constitutional law, law in general, really, and political morality. This is a theme that I have tried to emphasise in my writing and lectures for too many years now, and I find again and again that I refer to South Africa as an example of a place where constitutionalism, you might think against the odds, was just assumed to be the nerve of the new majoritarian order. It is a country that not just continues to draw upon the best traditions of an understanding of law as part of political morality, but, through the work of your Constitutional Court and other courts, increasingly provides material being studied very carefully around the rest of the world as to how that interplay should be conducted with restraint, with a sense of the past but also with a sense of the centrality of justice to thinking about law.


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