Judging Under a Bill of Rights


  • Louis TC Harms NWU





 We are pleased to publish here, as an oratio, the Ebsworth Memorial Lecture delivered by Mr Justice Louis Harms in February 2007.  In his lecture he addressed a range of contentious issues regarding the challenges of judging under a (new) Bill of Rights and he inter alia raises, "without answering, the question of whether a bill of rights should reflect existing societal values or whether it should create them."  He also spoke candidly of judicial activism, verbosity emanating from the bench, the judiciary and the separation of powers and (in-)consistency in constitutional adjudication.  Among his conclusions he states that a Bill of Rights "is supposed to remove arbitrariness, not only of legislation but also of adjudication." 



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How to Cite

Harms, L. T. (2017). Judging Under a Bill of Rights. Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, 12(3), 1–20. https://doi.org/10.17159/1727-3781/2009/v12i3a2732




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