n South African Law Journal - Cowen on Law : Selected Essays, Susannah Cowen (Ed.) : book review

Volume 126, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0258-2503
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2177



Denis Victor Cowen (1917-2007) was one of South Africa's most brilliant jurists, who made important contributions not only in the fields of constitutional law and negotiable instruments, for which he is best known as a result of his published books, but also in such subjects as jurisprudence, environmental law, sectional title, town planning and statutory interpretation. Many of his writings and addresses on these topics were published in legal and other professional journals, pamphlets and booklets, or not published at all. I have long thought that a comprehensive selection of his writings that were not readily available merited publication in book form. Early in the 1990s I suggested to his daughter Susannah, then a law student at the University of Cape Town, that she undertake the task of compiling a selection of her father's essays on law. The book under review is the result.

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