n Acta Juridica - The dignity of comparative constitutional law

Volume 2008, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1346
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2088



The question I want to explore in this contribution is whether there is any non-accidental connection between the two main themes of Laurie Ackermann's constitutional jurisprudence: on the one hand, his concern for human dignity, and, on the other, his often masterful demonstration of the usefulness and relevance of comparative constitutional law. Ackermann, as we know, was the foremost exponent of the relevance of human dignity to South African constitutional law, both as a justiciable right and as a value informing the entire Bill of Rights. Is there a connection between that part of his judicial oeuvre and the other main theme that runs through his constitutional jurisprudence - a commitment to taking up the post-apartheid Constitutions' invitation to apply foreign law?

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