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South African Legal Research

This is a brief guide to researching South African law.

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Introductory Resources

South African law has an interesting history of Dutch, Roman, English and customary law influence. The publications below offer background on the history and organization of the law. To locate more resources, search the online catalog using keywords to narrow your search results. For example, < south africa truth reconciliation > or < south africa customary. >

  • History of South Africa
    Notable publication in e-book format and print (earlier edition) covering the time period precolonial to 2000.
  • Introduction to the Law of South Africa Intl KTL68 .I583 2004
    This book opens with an introductory chapter on the legal system and then follows with chapters arranged by law subject, such as constitutional law, civil procedure law, law of property, etc.