University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Law ranks Top 6 in worldwide academic book prize award

Posted on March 16, 2019

The University of Pretoria’s Faculty of Law has again been ranked among the best in the world – this time for an academic work, ‘Child Law in South Africa: Second Edition’, which was edited by Professor Trynie Boezaart of UP’s Department of Private Law. 

In her congratulatory letter to Law Faculty Dean Professor André Boraine and Professor Boezaart, the Head of the St. Petersburg International Law Forum (SPBILF) Private Law Prize Executive Directorate, Ms Valeria Danilenko, extended congratulations to the Faculty on this remarkable achievement. 

“I would like to personally congratulate you on this important occasion – the academic work ‘Child Law in South Africa’ has been included in the shortlist of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum Private Law Prize 2019,” Ms Danilenko wrote.  “It is my honor and privilege to invite you to attend the Awarding Ceremony in St. Petersburg during the IX St. Petersburg International Legal Forum (14 to 18 May 2019). The winner of the prize will be announced during the evening of 14 May at a special ceremony, and will be awarded by the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation during the ceremony at the Plenary Session of the Forum on 15 May.”

According to the SPBILF Private Law Prize website, “The conferral of this truly global academic award is intended as a testimony of its winner’s ultimate academic excellence, while the cash prize component is meant to advance the realisation of the laureate’s ideas of worldwide significance. Unparalleled in the intellectual depth of its contending papers, the authority of its Expert Committee, and the size of the cash reward offered, the SPBILF Private Law Prize has all the makings of becoming to the international community of legal professionals as prestigious as the Nobel Prize. It is our hope that the fulfilment of the ideas put forward by the winners of the St. Petersburg International Legal Forum Private Law Prize will contribute to making this a better world, a world with more justice.”

In the preface to ‘Child Law in South Africa’, Professor Boezaart explains that “[T]he second edition does not merely follow in the path of its predecessor: this publication includes 11 entirely new chapters and 11 ‘new’ authors – experts who did not contribute to the previous edition… Even the ‘revised’ chapters add value, as they systematically and critically deal with new knowledge and enhance research.”

According to Juta & Co (Pty) Ltd Publishers, “[T]he second edition of ‘Child Law in South Africa’ provides insight into the profound impact of recent legislative changes and developments in the associated regulatory frameworks, the judicial interpretation of ground-breaking case law, and the latest research findings in child law in South Africa. The work that has been done at an international level is also incorporated as far as possible within the confines of the topics addressed in this publication.”

‘Child Law in South Africa’ was written by 22 experts in the field, edited by Professor Trynie Boezaart – an internationally acknowledged researcher in child law – and independently peer-reviewed. The book reflects the enormous scope and dynamics involved in child law and is sure to encourage further debate and analysis.

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