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Max Planck Encyclopedia of Comparative Constitutional Law [MPECCoL]

Constitutional Court of South Africa

South Africa [za]

James Fowkes

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 18 June 2019

Subject(s):
Constitutional courts/supreme courts — Judiciary

Published under the direction of the Max Planck Foundation for International Peace and the Rule of Law.
General Editors: Rainer Grote, Frauke Lachenmann, Rüdiger Wolfrum.

1. The South African Constitutional Court (‘Constitutional Court’ or ‘Court’) is one of the most studied in comparative constitutional law, a status due, above all, to its place in the celebrated South African transition and to its socio-economic rights jurisprudence. Among the highest courts of the Global South—of which it is widely seen as a key member (eg Vilhena et al (eds) ; Bonilla Maldonado (ed.) )—it is, in many ways, a more restrained institution relative to counterparts such as the Supreme Court of India or the Constitutional Court of Colombia (Corte...
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