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Law Faculty: Books Published

Law Faculty: Books Published

Law Faculty: Books Published

Title: Universal Jurisdiction in Respect of International Crimes: Theory and Practice in Africa

Dr Angelo Dube

The crimes of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity are customary international law crimes. The African continent has experienced quite a number of cases involving these crimes, and the continent’s ability and willingness to prosecute offenders remains in doubt. As a result, in the past decade or so, non-African states have sought to institute proceedings against African leaders accused of perpetrating international customary law crimes. These attempts have taken two distinct formats, the


first being the use of Universal Jurisdiction (UJ), and the second being the attempts by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to indict and prosecute African leaders. The African Union (AU) has vehemently opposed both these attempts on the grounds that they are inspired by neo-colonial thinking that is aimed at stifling peace and reconciliation efforts on the continent.​

Title: The Regional Integration of African Trade Mark Laws: Challenges and Possibilities

Dr. Yeukai Mupangavanhu

This book addresses the need to harmonise trade mark laws in Africa in view of the envisaged African common market. Economic integration cannot flourish without an effective regional legal framework. The fragmentation in trade mark protection in Africa is evidenced by the existing two sub-regional organisations,namely, the African Regional Intellectual Property Organisation (ARIPO) whose members are mostly Anglophone countries and the Organisation Africaine de la Propriété Intellectuelle (OAPI) which generally caters for Francophone countries respectively.

The text not only discusses regional integration and what needs to be done if this goal is to be realised in Africa, it also focuses on the European Union and other regional integration models, such as Organisation for the Harmonisation of Business Law in Africa (OHADA) from which lessons can be drawn. It also identifies possible threats and/or challenges to the process of regional integration in Africa after Brexit. In relation to legal integration,the book uses South Africa, Kenya, Zimbabwe and Cameroon as case studies. It examines the areas of convergence and divergence between the trade mark laws under consideration.

Title: Constitutional Theory: Schmitt after Derrida

Prof Jacobus De Ville

This book advances a new reading of the central works of Carl Schmitt and, in so doing, rethinks the primary concepts of constitutional theory. In this book, Jacques de Ville engages in a close analysis of a number of Schmitt’s texts, including Dictatorship (1921), The Concept of the Political (1927), Constitutional Theory (1928), Land and Sea (1942), Ex Captivitate Salus (1950), The Nomos of the Earth (1950) and The Theory of the Partisan (1963). This engagement takes place from the perspective of constitutional theory and focuses specifically on concepts or themes such as sovereignty, the state, the political, constituent power, democracy, representation, the constitution and human rights. The book seeks to rethink the structure of these concepts in line with Derrida’s analysis of Schmitt’s texts on the concept of the political in Politics of Friendship (1993). This happens by way of an analysis of Derrida’s engagement with Freud and other psychoanalysts. Although the main focus in the book is on Schmitt’s texts, it further examines two texts of Derrida (Khōra (1993) and Fors: The Anglish Words of Nicholas Abraham and Maria Torok (1976)), by reading these alongside Schmitt’s own reflections on the positive concept of the constitution.


Title: Concurrent Powers in Federal Systems

Edited by Nico Steytler

Concurrency of powers – the exercise of jurisdiction by federal governments and constituent units in the same policy areas – is a key, if not the central, mode of governance in most federal systems today. Moreover, the experience has been that federal governments dominate the concurrent space giving rise to contestation. This volume, Concurrent Powers in Federal Systems: Meaning, Making and Managing, edited by Professor Nico Steytler, is the first to examine from a comparative perspective this crucial issue confronting both established and emerging federations. Case studies of 16 countries on five continents dissect the various manifestations of concurrency, analyse what drives this modern governance mode, and review management strategies that seek to guard against central dominance of concurrent areas.​



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