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Professor John Dugard: A South African Perspective

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  15 December 2007

Abstract

This article considers the work of John Dugard in the field of human rights and international law and the impact thereof on the South African legal landscape. After tracing the importance of Dugard's early work in South Africa in the fields of legal philosophy, human rights, and international law, the article turns to consider the later achievements in Dugard's prestigious career. The author highlights the numerous cases in which Dugard appeared as counsel before the South African courts, and considers the impact that Dugard had on the drafting of the South African Constitution in relation to international law and its use in interpreting the South African Bill of Rights. The final section of the article considers the shameful failure of the South African government to support Dugard in his bid to be appointed as a judge of the International Court of Justice. The author concludes that notwithstanding the fact that the government has not accorded him the recognition he deserves, Dugard's pioneering human rights work continues unabated in his various positions, including in his role as the UN Special Rapporteur on human rights abuses in occupied Palestine.

Type
"ESSAYS IN HONOUR OF JOHN DUGARD: THE PROTECTION OF THE INDIVIDUAL IN INTERNATIONAL LAW"
Copyright
© 2007 Foundation of the Leiden Journal of International Law

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