n Acta Juridica - Preface
|© Publisher:||Juta Law Publishing|
|Author||Francois Du Bois|
|Publication Date||Jan 2004|
|Pages||XI - XV|
Ronald Dworkin's work has challenged lawyers everywhere - and whether at the Bar, on the Bench, or in Chairs - to reconsider their views about the nature of law and legal reasoning. His forceful promotion, as much by example as by explanation, of the link between legal theory and practice has served to underline the importance of doing so. His willingness to strike out in new directions has trailed controversy in its wake, but it has also re-invigorated debates in all fields of law.
Little wonder then that Dworkin's influence should stretch to South Africa. There is more to this, however, than his general prominence in contemporary jurisprudence. For, as South African scholars came to realise, Dworkin's understanding of law and judicial reasoning is of special significance to lawyers operating in a system marked by pervasive and systemic injustice.
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