n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - A Theory of Constitutional Rights, Robert Alexy : book review

Volume 2004, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0257-7747
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2207



Robert Alexy's doctoral thesis was published in 1985 under the title of . The Dutch constitutionalist Burkens ( (1989) 27-28) described Alexy's theory as "monumental". The fact then that this work has at long last been translated into English is to be welcomed, as its appeal is no longer only limited to a German-reading audience. (Alexy 1994, has also been translated as: Alexy 2002.) The translation, in itself a monumental endeavour, was attempted and completed with distinction by Julian Rivers, who lectures law at the University of Bristol. Alexy also used the opportunity of an English translation of his work to update numerous references and to include a postscript, in order to outline a number of his ideas with greater clarity and also to answer his critics, notably in the form of Habermas ( 1996).

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