n Stellenbosch Law Review = Stellenbosch Regstydskrif - A Man of Principle: The Life and Legacy of JC de Wet / 'n Man van Beginsel: Die Lewe en Nalatenskap van JC de Wet, J. du Plessis & G. Lubbe (Eds.) : book review

Volume 25, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1016-4359
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2193



Just over a century after JC de Wet's birth this collection of essays was published with the purpose of giving insight into this illustrious South African lawyer, both as a person as well as to give a retrospective evaluation of his contribution to South African legal science.

At the outset it should be kept in mind that a hundred years ago, no universities had as yet been established. Once created these institutions operated not only with a limited number of students, but with limited resources, such as part time lecturers provided by both bar and side bar. Textbooks were written by judges in the English tradition; in other words both judges and textbooks followed the common-law model. Just before the outbreak of World War II, De Wet spent a sabbatical in Leiden and visited Berlin and this encounter with Germanic legal science determined the course of his scientific career.

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