Prof Sandy Liebenberg’s book to "become the primary text on which we rely”
Prof Sandra Liebenberg’s book - Socio-Economic Rights – Adjudication under a Transformative Constitution (Juta & Co, 2010) was recently launched at the Centre for the Book in Cape Town. The launch was attended by a cross-section of academics, Deans of the three law faculties of the Western Cape, former Constitutional Court Justices, members of the Cape Bench, Bar and Side Bar, members of government and chapter 9 institutions, as well as students and representatives of various NGOs.
Adv Geoff Budlender SC was the guest speaker at the event. He described the book as marking “the emergence of a systemic jurisprudence of social and economic rights in South Africa” and stated that he thought that this publication would “become the primary text on which we rely, and the primary text to which foreign courts and scholars will refer when they want to understand social and economic rights in South Africa.”
Socio-Economic Rights: Adjudication under a Transformative Constitution features a comprehensive analysis of the socio-economic rights jurisprudence of the newly democratic South-Africa, including relevant international and comparative law. It deals with key concepts in socio-economic rights, such as separation of powers and reasonableness review, with perspectives form political philosophy and democratic theory. It further addresses the role of socio-economic rights in the private law and appropriate remedies for socio-economic rights violations.
The book also proposes how the judicial interpretation and enforcement of socio-economic rights can be developed to be more responsive to the conditions of systemic poverty and inequality characterising South African society.
It is set to have an impact on debates about courts and socio-economic rights, not only in South-Africa, but everywhere else where its topic has attracted interest.