n Stellenbosch Law Review = Stellenbosch Regstydskrif - Socio-economic Rights: Adjudication under a Transformative Constitution, S. Liebenberg : book review

Volume 24, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1016-4359
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2193



In her book - - Professor Sandra Liebenberg undertakes a meticulous and masterful exposition, as well as an incisive and thoughtful critique, of the socio-economic rights ("SER"s) jurisprudence of the South African courts. For the usual generalist reader, this book is an intimidating literary giant, towering at over 539 pages. Yet the substantive comprehensiveness with which it tackles the myriad concerns and challenges that have so far bedevilled the judicial adjudication of SERs in the South African context is unparalleled by any previous single literary work on the subject. Further, the diplomatic language that populates the entire breadth of the book is iconic; the very hallmark of the literary skills of the author as is reflected in all her publications so far. Liebenberg tactfully, and almost apologetically, deals substantively and eloquently with the controversial and divisive challenges that have bedevilled the implementation of SERs in South Africa, especially the SERs jurisprudence of the South African courts, fleshing out the substantive issues without unduly inflaming passions.

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