n SA Mercantile Law Journal = SA Tydskrif vir Handelsreg - A Man of Principle: The Life and Legacy of JC de Wet. 'n Man van Beginsel: Die Lewe en Nalatenskap van JC de Wet, Jacques du Plessis and Gerhard Lubbe (Eds.) : book review

Volume 26, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1015-0099
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2185



The second half of the twentieth century witnessed the golden age of festschriften for lawyers, here and abroad. During this period, legal festschriften came a dime a dozen. In some instances, the subject was probably as surprised as the broader legal community at the publication of the volume in his (but seldom her) honour. The editors of the work under review are adamant that it is not intended to be a Gedächtnisschrift to honour Professor JC de Wet posthumously. It should rather be seen, so they suggest, as a collection of essays to provide a more comprehensive examination of the life and work of De Wet. For the purposes of the present review, I will refer to it as a festschrift. Nothing hinges on this.

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