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 Prof. Jacques de Ville

Position: Dean
Department: Public Law and Jurisprudence
Faculty: Faculty of Law
Qualifications: B Com (cum laude) LLB (cum laude) (University of Potchefstroom)
LLD (University of Stellenbosch)
Tel: 021 959 3283
Fax: 021 959 3313
Email: jdeville@uwc.ac.za
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Biography

 Jacques de Ville is the author of a number of publications in the area of public law, including Constitutional and Statutory Interpretation (Interdoc Publishers, 2000) and Judicial Review of Administrative Action in South Africa (LexisNexis/Butterworths, 2003). His research and publications currently focus on deconstruction, psychoanalysis and constitutional theory. This includes the translation of and contribution to a book on Legal Philosophy, the translation of a text of Jacques Derrida, and two books on Derrida and his relation to law.

Publications

    

BOOKS

 

 

Monographs

Constitutional and Statutory Interpretation (Interdoc Consultants 2000) 268 pages + Annexures ISBN 0620267240

Judicial Review of Administrative Action in South Africa (Butterworths, 2003) 478 pages + Annexures ISBN 0 409 01534 2

Jacques Derrida: Law as Absolute Hospitality (Routledge, 2011) 248 pages, 978-0-415-61279-1 (hbk), 978-0-203-80947-1 (ebk)

Constitutional Theory: Schmitt after Derrida (Routledge, 2017) 203 pages, 9781138293786 (Hbk)

Edited

Voting in 1999: Choosing an Electoral System (1996) Butterworths (with Nico Steytler) ISBN: 0-409-02233-0

Memory and Meaning: Lourens du Plessis and the haunting of justice (LexisNexis, 2015) xxxv + 328 pp.

Translated

Maris and Jacobs (eds.) Law, Order and Freedom: A Historical Introduction to Legal Philosophy (Springer, 2011) 388 pp. ISBN 978-94-007-1456-4

Derrida, Jacques Before the Law: The Complete Text of Préjugés (University of Minnesota Press, 2018) 78 pp. ISBN: 978-1-5179-0551-4 (with Sandra van Reenen)

 

 

JOURNAL ARTICLES

 

 

“Bill of Rights interpretation in the South African context (1): diagnostic observations” 1993 vol 4 no 1 Stell LR 63-87 with Du Plessis LM

“Bill of Rights interpretation in the South African context (2): prognostic observations” 1993 vol 4 no 2 Stell LR 199-218 with Du Plessis LM

“Bill of Rights interpretation in the South African context (3) comparative perspectives and future prospects” 1993 vol 4 no 3 Stell LR 356-393 with Du Plessis LM

“Die legaliteitsbeginsel in die staats- en administratiefreg onder 'n nuwe grondwetlike bedeling - 'n vergelykende toekomsperspektief” 1993 vol 8 no 1 SA Public Law 68-85

“Proportionality as a requirement of legality in administrative law in terms of the new constitution” 1994 vol 9 no 2 SA Public Law 360-377

“Interpretation of the general limitation clause in the chapter on fundamental rights” 1994 vol 9 no 2 SA Public Law 287-312

“Guidelines for judicial review on `division of powers' grounds” 1995 vol 6 no 2 Stell LR 139-160

“The right to administrative justice: An examination of section 24 of the interim constitution” 1995 vol 11 no 2 SAJHR 264-280

“What is ‘a system of proportional representation’?” with Chohan-Khota F vol 113 SALJ 1996(3) 400-407

“Legal control of outdoor advertisements” with Rabie A 1996 vol 59 no 3 THRHR 436-457

“An exercise in proportional representation” with Chohan-Khota F 1996 vol 11 no 1 SA Public Law 30-46

“Eduard Fagan in Context” 1997 vol 12 no 2 SA Public Law 493-513

“A Systematic View on the Electoral Reform Debate in South Africa” with Michael Krennerich 1997 vol 30 no 1 Verfassung und Recht in Ubersee: Law and Politics in Africa, Asia and Latin America 26-41

« La répartition des pouvoirs entre le gouvernement national et les gouvernements provinciaux dans la nouvelle constitution Sud Africaine 1997 no 1 Revue Internationale de Droit Comparé 159-174

“Meaning, violence and responsibility: a response to Professors van der Walt and Gutto” 1998 Acta Juridica 114-116

“Legislative Historical Interpretation” 1999 (2) TSAR 211-223

“Meaning and statutory interpretation” 1999 vol 62 no 3 THRHR 373-387

“Transformation and Administrative Law” 2000 vol 72 no 1 Scriptura 53-66

“Deference as Respect and Deference as Sacrifice: A Reading of Bato Star Fishing v Minister of Environmental Affairs and Tourism” 2004 vol 20 SAJHR 577-615

“The Rule of Law and Judicial Review: Re-Reading Dicey” 2006 Acta Juridica 62-91

“Deference and Différance: Judicial Review and the Perfect Gift” 2006 vol 9(2) Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal 41-89

​​“Spectres of Coke: Judicial Supervision as a Revolutionary Inheritance” (2007) 18 Law and Critique 29-54

“Deconstruction and Law: Derrida, Levinas and Cornell” (2007) 25 Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice 23-53

“Levinas on Law: A Derridean reading of Manderson’s Proximity, Levinas, and the Soul of Law” (2007) 16 Griffith Law Review 225-246

“Derrida, the Conditional and the Unconditional” (2007) 18 Stellenbosch Law Review 253-285

 “Derrida’s The Purveyor of Truth and Constitutional Reading” (2008) 21 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 117-137

“Sovereignty without Sovereignty: Derrida’s Declarations of Independence” (2008) 19 Law and Critique 87-114

 “Desire and Language in Derrida’s ‘Force of Law’” (2009) 95 Archiv für Rechts- und Sozialphilosophie 449-473

 “Rethinking the notion of a ‘higher law’: Heidegger and Derrida on the Anaximander fragment” (2009) 20(1) Law and Critique 59-78

“Derrida and Legal Scholarship: a Certain Step Beyond” 2009 (22) International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 141-156

“Madness and the Law: The Derrida/Foucault debate revisited” (2010) 21 Law and Critique 17-37

“Derrida, Semiotics and Justice” (2010) 23 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 239-242

“Revisiting Plato’s Pharmacy” (2010) 23 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 315-338

“Rethinking power and law: Foucault’s Society must be Defended” (2011) 24 International Journal for the Semiotics of Law 211-226

“Mythology and the Images of Justice” (2011) 23 Law and Literature 324-364

“On law’s origin: Derrida reading Freud, Kafka and Lévi-Strauss” (2011) 7 Utrecht Law Review 77-92

“Deconstructing the Leviathan: Derrida’s The Beast and the Sovereign” Societies 2012, 2(4), 357-371

‘The Foreign Body within the Body Politic: Derrida, Schmitt and the Concept of the Political’ (2015) 26 Law and Critique 45-63

“África do Sul: expropriando terras sem indenização (South Africa: expropriation of land without compensation) (2018) 2 Maisdeum 29-34

“Perpetual peace: Derrida reading Kant” (2019) International Journal for the Semiotics of Law https://doi.org/10.1007/s11196-019-09605-8

“The moral law: Derrida reading Kant” (2019) Derrida Today (forthcoming)

 

 

CHAPTERS IN BOOKS

 

 

Electoral Systems in Steytler, Rwelamira, Murphy & De Vos (eds) Free and Fair Elections (1994) 1-24 with Asmal K

Postscript: The Legal Framework of South Africa's First Democratic Election in Steytler, Rwelamira, Murphy & De Vos (eds) Free and Fair Elections (1994) 240-262 with Murphy, De Vos & Sarkin

Personal Rights: Life, Freedom and Security of the Person, Privacy and Freedom of Movement in Van Wyk, Dugard, De Villiers & Davis (eds) Rights and Constitutionalism: The New South African Legal Order (1994) 212-263 with Du Plessis LM

Introduction in Voting in 1999: Choosing an Electoral System (1996) 1-6 with Steytler N

The Electoral System in terms of the South African Interim Constitution in Voting in 1999: Choosing an Electoral System (1996) 19-28

Proportional Representation: Formulae for the Translation of Votes into Seats in Voting in 1999: Choosing an Electoral System (1996) 49-54

Proposal 3: Proportional Representation in multi-member constituencies (model 1) in Voting in 1999: Choosing an Electoral System (1996) 83-99

The 1996 Constitution and administrative justice in South Africa in Transition: Focus on the Bill of Rights, Gretchen Carpenter (ed) (1996) 66-77

Meaning, violence and responsibility: a response to Professors van der Walt and Gutto in Graham Bradfield and Derek van der Merwe "Meaning" in Legal Interpretation (1998) 114-116

‘Sovereignty without Sovereignty: Derrida’s Declarations of Independence’ in After Sovereignty: On the Question of Political Beginnings, edited by Charles Barbour, George Pavlich (2010) 54-67

‘The Gift and the Meaning-Giving Subject: A Reading of Given Time’, in Prospects of Legal Semiotics, edited by Anne Wagner and Jan M. Broekman (Springer, 2010) 79-105

‘Psychoanalysis’ in CW Maris and FCLM Jacobs (eds) Law, Order and Freedom: A Historical Introduction to Legal Philosophy (Springer, 2011) 273-286

(Translated as ‘Psychoanalyse’ in Maris & Jacobs Recht, Orde en Vrijheid: Een historische inleiding in de rechtsfilosofie’ 3d ed (Kluwer, 2011) 331-346)

‘Deconstruction’ in Maris and Jacobs (eds) Law, Order and Freedom: A Historical Introduction to Legal Philosophy (Springer, 2011) 342-352

(Translated as ‘Deconstructie’ in Maris & Jacobs Recht, Orde en Vrijheid: Een historische inleiding in de rechtsfilosofie’ 3d ed (Kluwer, 2011) 412-424)

​​‘The ghostly dance of Zarathustra’ in Jacobs F & Pessers D (eds) Stof en Blik: Opstellen, aangeboden aan Cees Maris van Sandelingenambacht (2013) 131-134

‘Introduction’ in J de Ville (ed) Memory and Meaning: Lourens du Plessis and the haunting of justice (LexisNexis, 2015) xi-xxxv

‘Rethinking the Concept of the Political: Derrida’s reading of Schmitt’s Theory of the Partisan’ in Matilda Arvidsson, Leila Brännström and Panu Minkkinen (eds), The Contemporary Relevance of Carl Schmitt: Law, Politics, Theology (Abingdon: Routledge, 2016) 134-146

‘Schmitt’s Weisheit der Zelle: Rethinking the concept of the political’ in Motha and van Rijswijk (eds) Law, Memory, Violence: Uncovering the Counter-Archive (Routledge, 2016) 215-231

 

 

BOOK REVIEWS

 

 

Review of Bertus de Villiers (ed) Evaluating Federal Systems in 1996 Stell LR 124-125

Review of Administrative Law Reform 1996 Stell LR 257-259

Review of The Bill of Rights Handbook 1998 1999 Stell LR 130-133

Review of David Dyzenhaus (ed) The Unity of Public Law (2005) 20 SA Public Law 238-242

Book Review of Judith Still Derrida and Hospitality: Theory and Practice (Edinburgh University Press, 2010) for the Oxford Literary Review (2013) 35(1)​​117-119


 

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