Standing on Unsteady Ground: AREVA NP Incorporated in France v Eskom SOC LTD




locus standi, legal standing, public-procurement law, substantive reasoning, transformative adjudication


Areva NP Incorporated in France v Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd 2017 6 BCLR 675 (CC) was a dispute over a multi-billion-rand tender. Although the majority of the Constitutional Court recognised the public importance of the case, it adjudicated the dispute entirely on a preliminary point. It found that the applicant did not have legal standing to seek the judicial review of the award of the tender.

This case note has three aims. First, I will argue that the Constitutional Court's majority judgment in Areva was generally unpersuasive. Second, I will attempt to show that Areva exposes an unresolved legal question: when should a court consider the merits of a case made by a litigant with questionable standing? Third, I will propose a method for resolving this question by way of substantive judicial reasoning in any given case.




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Author Biography

Henri-Willem van Eetveldt, Stellenbosch University

Attorney of the High Court of South Africa; LLM candidate




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How to Cite

van Eetveldt, H.-W. (2019). Standing on Unsteady Ground: AREVA NP Incorporated in France v Eskom SOC LTD. Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal, 22, 1–27.



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