SARCPL book launch

Posted by on 12 December 2012 in Uncategorized | No Comments

During the five-year Graduation Dinner on 13 December 2012 the South African Research Chair in Property Law (SARCPL) celebrates the graduation of its most recent batch of postgraduate students (see Graduation Dinner), but also the launch of the latest publication resulting from the Research Chair’s work. The book, Property and Constitution by Professor AJ van der Walt, is published by Pretoria University Law Press (PULP). Property and Constitution embodies an effort to work out how to give practical effect to the constitutional obligation to interpret legislation and develop the common law so as ‘to promote the spirit, purport and objects of the Constitution’, particularly in the area of Property Law. The author distinguishes between situations where the constitutionally inspired interpretation of legislation should prevail and others where suitable development of the common law may be required, distinguishing both from cases where direct reliance on the constitutional provision is permissible. He also considers the importance of obligations inherent in diverse constitutional provisions relating to for example arbitrariness, restitution and homelessness for the further development of Property Law. The book should appeal to academics, practitioners, policy makers and postgraduate research students with an interest in the constitutionally inspired development of Property Law.

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