n Tydskrif vir die Suid-Afrikaanse Reg - International Law: A South African Perspective, John Dugard : book review

Volume 2013, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 0257-7747
  • E-ISSN: 1996-2207



In the preface to the fourth edition Prof Dugard observed that with international law now being part of the mainstream of South African law, "any book that seeks to assist lawyers must not only portray the rules and principles of international law itself, but must also examine the way in which these rules and principles are applied in South Africa". Since the first edition in 1994, Dugard has achieved this objective in a commendable way and the fourth edition builds on this tradition. As with past editions the current fourth edition is meticulously researched and updated. Some chapters are the product of collaborative work: chapter 14 on the responsibility of international organizations is written by Pronto from the UN Office of Legal Affairs; the chapters on the international criminal court and the African Union (ch 10 and 26) are written by Du Plessis and the chapter on refugees (ch 16) by Katz. The chapter on extradition (ch 11) is the combined effort of Dugard, Du Plessis and Katz. The chapter on international economic relations (ch 21), formerly written by Bethlehem, has been retained in an abbreviated form.

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