The sole responsibility for the contents of this book is mine, but writing the book would have been neither feasible nor rewarding without the assistance and encouragement of numerous individuals and institutions.
My principal acknowledgement must be to the University of Cape Town Faculty of Law. I am very grateful not only for the Faculty's generosity in providing office, secretarial and library facilities to an overseas visitor for eleven months, but also for the assistance and friendship extended to me by the academic and non- academic staff. I valued the opportunity to be a de facto colleague of the able academics in the Faculty of Law and learned much from them. (Inevitably some passages in this book will show that there are things about Southern African law that I should have learned but did not. No one at U.C.T. is responsible for this.)
The University of Oklahoma College of Law, which granted the sabbatical during which much of the book was written.
The Faculties of Law of Monash University and the University of Edinburgh, which generously provided office and library facilities and thus assisted my research for several projects, including this one.
The librarians and library staff members--particularly at the law libraries of the University of Cape Town, Monash University, the University of Oklahoma and the Bodleian Library, Oxford--who were tremendously helpful in enabling me to use the collections of their libraries and to locate and obtain materials from other libraries.
Denise Greyling, who while a student in the University of Cape Town Faculty of Law served ably as my research assistant and translated judgments published in Afrikaans.