In a Time of Trouble: Law and Liberty in South Africas State of Emergency

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byStephen J. Ellmann

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Can the law really protect human rights when they are most under siege? During much of South Africa's state of emergency, the country's highest court grimly rejected efforts to use the law to restrain emergency power. The tide of those decisions has now turned. As this important book shows,these changing judicial trends reveal both the weakness and strength of the law. Although no guarantee of liberty, law and legal traditions can help to slow the march of oppression.

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Can the law really protect human rights when they are most under siege? During much of South Africa's state of emergency, the country's highest court grimly rejected efforts to use the law to restrain emergency power. The tide of those decisions has now turned. As this important book shows,these changing judicial trends reveal both ...

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In a Time of Trouble examines the intersection between law and emergency power in South Africa, through a detailed study of the performance of South Africa's Appellate Division during the state of emergency. As such, the book is important both to those who seek to understand apartheid South Africa and to those who seek to shape the Sou...

Stephen J. Ellman is Associate Professor of Law at The New York Law School.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:294 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198256663

ISBN - 13:9780198256663

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