The interpretation and identification of international law in South African courts

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dc.contributor.author Tladi, Dire
dc.date.accessioned 2019-08-02T12:56:31Z
dc.date.available 2019-08-02T12:56:31Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.description.abstract South Africa has a constitution that has been described, correctly, as an ‘international law-friendly’ constitution. In the landmark decision in S v Makwanyane, the Constitutional Court went to great lengths to show the court’s openness to international law by, inter alia, declaring that the Constitution’s reference to international law included both binding and non-binding international law. Yet the use of, and openness to, international law by South African courts does not tell us about the approach to the identification and interpretation of international law. In other words, the Constitution’s openness to international law presupposes an ascertainment of the content of international law, either through identification or interpretation. But are South African courts able to use techniques, tools and methodology of international law to give content to it? The purpose of this article is to consider this question. It considers this question through an analysis of the decisions of South African courts relying on international law, particularly those of the Constitutional Court. It looks at both old and new cases to make a determination about the extent to which South African courts are faithful to the techniques, tools and methodologies to identify and interpret international law. en_ZA
dc.description.department Centre for Human Rights en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2019 en_ZA
dc.description.uri http://www.journals.co.za/content/journal/ju_salj en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Tladi, D. 2018, 'The interpretation and identification of international law in South African courts', South African Law Journal , vol. 135, no. 4, pp. 708-736. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0258-2503 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 1996-2177 (online)
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/70874
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher Juta Law Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © Juta and Company (Pty) Ltd. en_ZA
dc.subject Constitution en_ZA
dc.subject Constitutional court en_ZA
dc.subject Landmark decision en_ZA
dc.subject Interpretation en_ZA
dc.subject Identification en_ZA
dc.subject South African courts en_ZA
dc.subject International law en_ZA
dc.title The interpretation and identification of international law in South African courts en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA


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