South Africa and the Rule of Law

The ICJ presents in this Report to the international legal community the results of a thorough although not exhaustive inquiry into the problems created by the systematic application of the principle of racial separation (apartheid)1 in the Union of South Africa. 

In undertaking this research, the Commission was aware of the fact that its purpose could not be served by a mere study of the legality of constitutional processes that instituted apartheid and continue to uphold and strengthen it in ail fields of human relations.

It is not a violation of positive law that is being brought to the attention of world public opinion, but rather the spirit in which such law is made by the legislator, interpreted by the administrator and inforced by the judge.

South Africa-rule of law-thematic report-1960-eng (full text in English, PDF)

South Africa-rule of law-thematic report-1961-fra (full text in French, PDF)

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