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Succession Law in South Africa – a Historical Perspective

François du Toit

in Exploring the Law of Succession

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2007 | ISBN: 9780748632909
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651436 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748632909.003.0014
Succession Law in South Africa – a Historical Perspective

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This chapter examines the succession law in South Africa from a historical perspective. It explains that South Africa has been gifted a mixed legal system through the coalescence of principally Roman-Dutch law with English law. The chapter highlights the interplay between civil law and common law within South African private law through an exposition of the historical development of some key features of the South African law of succession.

Keywords: succession law; South Africa; mixed legal system; Roman-Dutch law; English law; civil law; common law; private law

Chapter.  4703 words. 

Subjects: Comparative Law

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