ROMAN-DUTCH LAW MEETS THE COMMON LAW ON JURISDICTION IN INTERNATIONAL MATTERS
Author: OPPONG, RICHARD FRIMPONG
Source: Journal of Private International Law, Volume 4, Number 2, August 2008 , pp. 311-327(17)
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Abstract:An intriguing aspect of South Africa's Roman-Dutch jurisdictional rules is that a foreign defendant can be arrested for the purpose of assuming jurisdiction over him in a claim sounding in money. This rule, unknown to the common law, also exists in other Southern African countries and has been criticised. The rule was abolished by a recent decision of the South African Supreme Court of Appeal. The court also accepted mere presence within the jurisdiction as a basis of jurisdiction in international matters and suggested the defendant could contest whether South Africa was the forum conveniens. The former rule was unknown to Roman-Dutch law. The existence of the latter was disputed. But both are well entrenched in the common law. This paper examines the judgment and argues that it is a manifestation of a gradual movement of convergence between Roman-Dutch law and the common law.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2008-08-01
- Hart Publishing launched the Journal of Private International Law (J. Priv. Int. L.) in spring 2005. The journal covers all aspects of private international law, reflecting the role of the European Union and the Hague Conference on Private International Law in the making of private international law, in addition to the traditional role of domestic legal orders.
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