The Ramifications of International Law in South Africa: Blind SA v Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition (CCT 320/21) [2022] ZACC 33 (21 September 2022)

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.17159/1727-3781/2024/v27i0a15810

Keywords:

Blind SA, Copyright Act, Copyright Amendment Bill, Marrakesh Treaty, accessible format copy, adaptation, reproduction, international law

Abstract

This work is centred on the judgment of the Constitutional Court in Blind SA v The Minister of Trade (CCT 320/21) [2022] ZACC 33 (21 September 2022), and the issues raised by this judgement. The main concern for this contribution is the overreliance on a non-ratified treaty – the Marrakesh Treaty –, which calls for the assessment of the place of international law in South Africa. The paper finds that while the issues raised in the Blind SA case – the rights of people with disability – are legitimate, the manner in which they were raised went beyond the prescripts of the Constitution.

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Author Biography

Malebakeng Forere , University of Witwatersrand

Associate Professor, School of Law, University of the Witwatersrand.

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Case law

Blind SA v Ministry of Trade, Industry and Competition (14996/21) [2021] ZAGPPHC 871 (7 December 2021)

Blind SA v Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition (CCT 320/21) [2022] ZACC 33 (21 September 2022)

Democratic Alliance v Minister of International Relations and Cooperation 2017 3 SA 212 (GP)

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Constitution of Botswana, 1966

Constitution of Canada (Constitution Act), 1982

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Constitution of Norway, 1814 (as revised in 2018)

Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

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Copyright Amendment Bill [B13D-2017]

Performers' Protection Amendment Bill [B24D-2016]

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Berne Convention for the Protection of Literary and Artistic Works (1886)

Charter of the United Nations (1945)

Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2006)

International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1966)

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1966)

Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled (2013)

Statute of the International Court of Justice (1949)

Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement (1994)

WIPO Copyright Treaty (1996)

WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty (1996)

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University of Stellenbosch date unknown Professor Owen H Dean https://blogs.sun.ac.za/iplaw/about/staff-members/owen-dean/ accessed 12 November 2023

Published

19-02-2024

How to Cite

Forere , M. (2024). The Ramifications of International Law in South Africa: Blind SA v Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition (CCT 320/21) [2022] ZACC 33 (21 September 2022): . Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, 27, (Published on 19 February 2024) pp 1–20. https://doi.org/10.17159/1727-3781/2024/v27i0a15810

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