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Title:Teaching public international law in South Africa: problems and possibilities
Author:Ferguson-Brown, Kevin
Periodical:The Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa
Geographic term:South Africa
Subject:legal education
Abstract:The teacher of public international law in South Africa has to confront a number of difficulties peculiar to the present South African situation. First, public international law is an optional instead of a compulsory course in most South African law faculties. Second, there is a vast amount of material to cover in a very limited period. Other problems include the complexity of the subject itself, the insufficient educational background of many students, the lack of access to primary sources and the international literature on the subject, and the language problem. With many South African law teachers schooled in the traditional First World approach, there is also a risk that they may fail to give sufficient attention to alternative perspectives. Notes, ref.