Prof Henk Botha

Professor

BLC LLB (Pret) LLM (Columbia) LLD (Pret)

 

 


 

Henk Botha currently teaches Legal Philosophy and Interpretation of Enacted Law, and has previously taught Constitutional Law. Prior to joining the law faculty at Stellenbosch University in 2006, he was professor of Constitutional Law at Unisa. Henk Botha doseer tans Regsfilosofie en Uitleg van Wetstekste, en het voorheen Staatsreg gedoseer. Voordat hy in 2006 by die regsfakulteit van die Universiteit van Stellenbosch aangesluit het, was hy professor in Staatsreg by Unisa.

 

Modules taught

Constitutional Law

Legal Philosophy

Interpretation of Enacted Law

Fields of specialisation

Constitutional Law, Constitutional Theory, Legal Philosophy, Constitutional Interpretation, Comparative Constitutional Law

Modules aangebied

Staatsreg

Regsfilosofie

Uitleg van Wetstekste

Areas van belangstelling

Staatsreg, Grondwetlike Teorie, Regsfilosofie, Grondwetuitleg, Vergelykende Staatsreg


Publications/Publikasies

 Books/Boeke

  • H Botha, N Schaks and D Steiger (eds) Das Ende des repräsentativen Staates? Demokratie am Scheideweg/ The End of the Representative State? Democracy at the Crossroads Nomos (2016).
  • H Botha, A van der Walt and J van der Walt Rights and democracy in a transformative constitution SUN Media (2004).

Hoofstukke in boeke/Chapters in books

  • “Legal Values – Human Dignity” in M.N.S. Sellers and Stephan Kirste (eds.) Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy Springer (2017) 1-8.
  • “Democratic participation and the separation of powers” in H Botha, N Schaks & D Steiger (eds) Das Ende des repräsentativen Staates? Demokratie am Scheideweg/ The End of the Representative State? Democracy at the Crossroads Nomos (2016) 387-403.
  • “Zur Zukunft der Demokratie/ On the future of democracy” in H Botha, N Schaks & D Steiger (eds) Das Ende des repräsentativen Staates? Demokratie am Scheideweg/ The End of the Representative State? Democracy at the Crossroads Nomos (2016) 17-47 (co-authored with D Steiger & N Schaks).
  • “(In)dignity remembered” in J de Ville (ed) Memory and meaning: Lourens du Plessis and the haunting of justice (2015) LexisNexis 47-61.
  • “Of selves and others: A reply to Conrado Hübner Mendes” in O Vilhena, U Baxi and F Viljoen (eds) Transformative constitutionalism: Comparing the apex courts of Brazil, India and South Africa (2013) Pretoria University Law Press 65-74.
  • “Representing the Poor: Law, Poverty and Democracy” in S Liebenberg and G Quinot (eds) Law and Poverty: Perspectives from South Africa and Beyond (2012) Juta 79-99.
  • “Learning to Live with Plurality and Dissent: The Grundgesetz in South Africa” in P Häberle (ed) 60 Jahre deutsches Grundgesetz (2011) Mohr Siebeck 409-430.
  • “Human dignity: constitutional right, absolute ideal, or contested value?” in M Jovanović and I Krstić (eds) Human rights today – 60 years of the Universal Declaration (2010) Eleven International Publishing 195-210.
  • “Refusal, Post-apartheid Constitutionalism, and The Cry of Winnie Mandela” in Karin van Marle (ed) Refusal, transition and post-apartheid law (2009) SUN MeDIA 29-38.
  • “Limitations: Shared constitutional interpretation, an appropriate normative framework & hard choices” in S Woolman & M Bishop (eds) Constitutional conversations (2008) Pretoria University Law Press 149-187 (co-authored with Stu Woolman).
  • “Transforming state and society: from the public/private dichotomy to mutual cooperation and destabilisation” in G van der Schyff ed Constitutionalism in the Netherlands and South Africa: the many faces of the Rechtsstaat (2008) Wolf Legal Publishers 207-224.
  • “Equality, dignity, and the politics of interpretation” in W le Roux and K van Marle eds Post-apartheid fragments: Law, politics and critique (2007) University of South Africa Press 148-176.
  •  “Limitations” in S Woolman, T Roux, J Klaaren, A Stein & M Chaskalson (eds) Constitutional Law of South Africa (2nd Edition, OS, July 2006) ch 34 (136 pages) (co-authored with Stu Woolman).
  • “Rights, limitations, and the (im)possibility of self-government” in H Botha, A van der Walt and J van der Walt Rights and democracy in a transformative constitution (2004) SUN Media 13-31.
  • “Grondwetlike beregtingstyle: kategorisering, balansering en proporsionaliteit” in J Smits and G Lubbe Remedies in Zuid-Afrika en Europa (2003) Intersentia 189-198.
  • “Constitutionalism and the politics of memory: a response to Professors Rubenfeld and Snyman” in Bradfield and Van der Merwe eds Meaning in legal interpretation Juta (1998) 342-347.
  • The political debate over a bill of rights for South Africa, monograph published by the Netherlands Institute for International Relations, ‘Clingendael’, 54 pp. (1992).

Journal articles/Joernaalartikels 

  • “Beyond sexual binaries? The German Federal Constitutional Court and the rights of intersex people” (2018) 21 Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal 1-26.
  • “Fundamental rights and democratic contestation: reflections on freedom of assembly in an unequal society” (2017) 21 Law, Democracy & Development 221-238.
  • “Rethinking the Right to Vote” (2015) 26 Stellenbosch Law Review 486-517.
  • “The Rights of Foreigners: Dignity, Citizenship and the Right to Have Rights” (2013) 130 South African Law Journal 836-868.
  • “Representing the Poor: Law, Poverty and Democracy” (2011) 22 Stellenbosch Law Review 521-541.
  • “Instituting Public Freedom or Extinguishing Constituent Power? Reflections on South Africa’s Constitution-Making Experiment” (2010) 26 South African Journal on Human Rights 66-84.
  • “Albie Sachs and the Politics of Interpretation” (2010) 25 Southern African Public Law 39-58.
  • “Comparative constitutional law in the classroom: a South African perspective” (2010) 28 Penn State International Law Review 531-540.
  • “Learning to Live with Plurality and Dissent: The Grundgesetz in South Africa” (2010) 58 Jahrbuch des öffentlichen Rechts der Gegenwart 73-94.
  • “Equality, plurality and structural power” (2009) 25 South African Journal on Human Rights 1-37.
  • “Human dignity in comparative perspective” (2009) 20 Stellenbosch Law Review 171-220.
  • “Comparative law and constitutional adjudication: A South African perspective” (2007) 55 Jahrbuch des öffentlichen Rechts der Gegenwart 569-598.
  • “Freedom and constraint in constitutional adjudication” (2004) 20 South African Journal on Human Rights 249-283.
  • “Equality, dignity, and the politics of interpretation” (2004) 19 SA Publiekreg/Public Law 724-751.
  • “Metaphoric reasoning and transformative constitutionalism (part 2)” 2003 Tydskrif vir Suid-Afrikaanse Reg 20-36.
  • “Metaphoric reasoning and transformative constitutionalism (part 1)” 2002 Tydskrif vir Suid-Afrikaanse Reg 612-627.
  • “The legitimacy of legal orders (3): The rule of law under threat” 2001 Tydskrif vir Hedendaagse Romeins-Hollandse Reg 523-543.
  • “The legitimacy of legal orders (2): Towards a disruptive concept of legitimacy” 2001 Tydskrif vir Hedendaagse Romeins-Hollandse Reg 368-383.
  • “The legitimacy of legal orders (1): Introducing the problem” 2001 Tydskrif vir Hedendaagse Romeins-Hollandse Reg 177-191.
  • “Judicial dissent and democratic deliberation” 2000 SA Publiekreg/Public Law 323-338.
  • “Democracy and rights: Constitutional interpretation in a postrealist world” 2000 Tydskrif vir Hedendaagse Romeins-Hollandse Reg 561-581.
  • “Democracy and rights in South Africa: Beyond a constitutional culture of justification” (co-authored with Johan van der Walt) 2000 Constellations 341-362.
  • “Civic republicanism and legal education” May 2000 Codicillus 23-31.
  • “Coming to grips with the new constitutional order: critical comments on Harksen v Lane NO” (co-authored with André van der Walt) 1998 SA Publiekreg/Public Law 17-41.
  • “Legal meaning and the other: beyond a mythology of negation” 1995 Myth and Symbol 3-18.
  • “The values and principles underlying the 1993 Constitution” 1994 SA Publiekreg/Public Law 233-244.

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