ICJ Review no. 29 (December 1982)

The purpose of the Review is to focus attention on the problems in regard to which lawyers can make their contribution to society in their respective areas of influence and to provide them with the necessary information and data.

Writing in Bulletin No. 9 of the CIJL (April 1982), Mr. R. Hayfron-Benjamin, former Chief Justice of
Botswana, urged that the judiciary in third world countries should not be too shackled by the traditions of the legal systems they have inherited from their former imperial or colonial masters. He urged that they should exercise their imagination to find ways o f developing remedies to meet the problems of injustice in their countries.

An article, by Dr. Upendra Baxi, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Gujarat, may be of particular interest to lawyers in other countries that have inherited the British common law system, but with the advantage of written constitutions, often containing important ‘guarantees’ of basic human rights. Properly used, these can provide the justice system with a flexibility and scope for innovation which is lacking in Great Britain, due to its want of a written constitution and its consequently conservative approach to fashioning the law as an instrument of social reform.

In addition, this edition features articles on:

  • Human rights in the world:
    • -Equatorial Guinea
    • -Honduras
    • -Latin America
    • -Sri Lanka
    • -Zaire
  • Commentaries:
    • -UN Sub-Commission
    • -ILO Committee on Freedom of Association – Poland
    • -The Korean minority in Japan
    • -UNESCO Special Committee on human rights
  • Articles:
    • -Social action litigation in the Indian Supreme Court, by Dr. Upendra Baxi
    • -Independence of lawyers in Rumania, by Liviu Corvin
    • -South Africa – the veil of secrecy, by Gilbert Marcus
  • Judicial application of the rule of law: Indian Supreme Court – a controversial decision

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