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General Reading List: Private Law and Human Rights LLM Course

• A Clapham Human Rights in the Private Sphere (1993)

• D Friedmann & D Barak-Erez (eds) Human Rights in Private Law (2003)

Cora Hoexter Administrative Law in South Africa 2 ed (2012)

• D Hoffman (ed) The Impact of the UK Human Rights Act on Private Law (2011)

• D Oliver & J Fedtke (eds) Human Rights and the Private Sphere (2007)

• E Reid & D Visser (eds) Private Law and Human Rights: Bringing Rights Home in Scotland and South Africa (2013)

• K Ziegler (ed) Human Rights and Private Law: Privacy as Autonomy (2007)


L Ackermann, ‘The Legal Nature of the South African Constitutional Revolution’ (2004) NZLR 633

• Aharon Barak ‘Constitutional Human Rights and Private Law’ in D Friedmann & D Barak-Erez (eds) Human Rights in Private Law (2003)

• AJ Barnard-Naudé ‘“Oh what a tangled web we weave …” Hegemony, freedom of contract, good faith and transformation – towards a politics of friendship in the politics of contract’ (2009) 1 CCR 1.

• TW Bennett ‘Ubuntu: An African Equity’ in Frank Diedrich (ed) Ubuntu, Good Faith & Equity: Flexible Legal Principles in Developing a Contemporary Jurisprudence (2011) 3

• Deeksha Bhana ‘The horizontal application of the Bill of Rights: A reconciliation of sections 8 and 39 of the Constitution’ (2013) 29 SAJHR 351-375.

• Drucilla Cornell and Nick Friedman ‘In defence of the Constitutional Court: Human rights and the South African Common Law’ (2011) 5 Malawi Law Journal 1.

• Dennis Davis and Karl Klare ‘Transformative Constitutionalism and the Common and Customary Law’ (2010) 26 SAJHR 403.

• Pierre De Vos and Jaco Barnard ‘Same sex marriage, civil unions and domestic partnerships: critical reflections on an ongoing saga’ (2007) SALJ 795.

• F Du Bois ‘Private Law in the Age of Rights’ in E Reid & D Visser (eds) Private Law and Human Rights: Bringing Rights Home in Scotland and South Africa (2013)

• F Du Bois, ‘Social Purposes, Fundamental Rights and the Judicial Development of Private Law’, in Nolan & Robertson (eds), Rights and Private Law (2012)

• A. Fagan, ‘The Secondary Role of the Spirit, Purport and Objects of the Bill of Rights in the Common Law’s Development’ (2010) 127 SALJ 611

• M Hunt, ‘The “Horizontal Effect” of the HRA’ (1998) Public Law 423

• K Klare, ‘Legal Culture and Transformative Constitutionalism’ (1998) 14 SAJHR 146

• Lester & Pannick, ‘The Impact of the HRA on Private Law: The Knight’s Move’ (2000) 116 LQR 380

• Gerhard Lubbe ‘Taking fundamental rights seriously: The Bill of Rights and its implications for the development of contract law’ (2004) 121 SALJ 395

• H MacQueen, ‘Contract, delict and the Bill of Rights’ (2004) 121 SALJ 359

• Yvonne Mokgoro ‘Ubuntu and the Law in South Africa’ (1998) 4 Buffalo Human Rights Law Review 15

• G Phillipson, ‘The HRA, the Common Law and “Horizontal Effect”: a Bang or a Whimper?’ (1999) 62 MLR 824

• Alistair Price ‘The influence of human rights on private common law’ (2012) 129 SALJ 330.

• Johan van der Walt ‘Piracy, property and plurality: Re-reading the foundations of moral law’ (2001) JSAL 524.

• Johan van der Walt ‘Progressive indirect horizontal application of the Bill of Rights: towards a co-operative relation between common-law and constitutional jurisprudence’ (2001) 17 SAJHR 342.

• Ernest J Weinrib ‘Corrective Justice in a Nutshell’ 52 (4) The University of Toronto Law Journal 349-356.

• S Woolman & D Davis, ‘The last laugh: Du Plessis v De Klerk, classical liberalism, creole liberalism and the application of fundamental rights under the interim and the final Constitution’ (1996) 12 SAJHR 361

• Charles M Young ‘Aristotle on Justice’ (1988) XXVII The Southern Journal of Philosophy 233-249.

• Young, ‘Mapping Horizontal Effect’, in D Hoffman (ed) The Impact of the UK Human Rights Act on Private Law (2011)


AAA Investments (Pty) Ltd v Micro Finance Regulatory Council and Another 2007 (1) SA 343 (CC)

AllPay Consolidated Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd and Others v Chief Executive Officer of the South African Social Security Agency and Others (No 2) [2014] ZACC 12

Barkhuizen v Napier 2007 (5) SA 323 (CC)

Botha and Another v Rich NO and Others [2014] ZACC 11

Brisley v Drotsky 2002 (4) SA 1 (SCA)

Bredenkamp v Standard Bank of SA Ltd 2010 (4) SA 468 (SCA)

Carmichele v Minister of Safety & Security 2001 (4) SA 938 (CC)

Du Plessis v De Klerk (1996) 3 SA 850 (CC)

Everfresh Market Virginia (Pty) Ltd v Shoprite Checkers (Pty) Ltd 2012 (1) SA 256 (CC)

F v Minister of Safety & Security 2012 (1) SA 536 (CC)

Fose v Minister of Safety & Security 1997 (3) SA 786 (CC)

Governing Body of Juma Musjid Primary School v Essay NO 2011 (8) BCLR 761 (CC)

Juglal NO v Shoprite Checkers (Pty) Ltd t/a OK Franchise Division 2004 (5) SA 248 (SCA)

K v Minister of Safety & Security 2005 (6) SA 419 (CC)

Khumalo v Holomisa 2002 (5) SA 401 (CC)

Law Society of South Africa v Minister for Transport 2011 (1) SA 400 (CC)

Le Roux v Dey 2011 (3) SA 274 (CC)

Lee v Minister of Correctional Services 2013 (2) SA 144 (CC)

Maphango and Others v Aengus Lifestyle Properties (Pty) Ltd 2012 (3) SA 531 (CC)

Minister of Safety and Security and Another v Carmichele 2004 (3) SA 305 (SCA)

Minister of Safety and Security v Van Duivenboden 2002 (6) SA 431 (SCA)

Rail Commuters Action Group v Transnet Ltd t/a Metrorail 2005 (2) SA 359 (CC)

Steenkamp NO v Provincial Tender Board, Eastern Cape 2007 (3) SA 121 (CC)


• Constitutional of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

• Consumer Protection Act 68 of 2008

• Labour Relations Act 66 of 1995; Basic Conditions of Employment Act 75 of 1997

• National Credit Act 34 of 2005

• Prevention of Illegal Eviction from and Unlawful Occupation of Land Act 19 of 1998

• Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act 4 of 2000

• Rental Housing Act 50 of 1999

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