Tony Honoré is one of the most distinguished South African law academics. His long career – first as a law don at Queen’s College, Oxford then successor to Professor R.W. Lee as last Rhodes Reader in Roman-Dutch law at Oxford – culminated in his appointment to the Regius Chair in Civil Law at All Souls College, Oxford, from which he retired some years ago. His pre-eminence in the fields of Roman law, Roman-Dutch and modern South African law and legal philosophy (his Causation in the Law, with Professor H.L.A. Hart, is still a leading text) is internationally recognised.
His formal retirement by no means signalled an end to his intellectual activity in the areas of law and philosophy, and he marked 60 years as a teacher of law in 2008. The Faculty of Law at Oxford marked this milestone with a colloquium at which a number of eminent lawyers spoke, and the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town (at the suggestion of Jeremy Gauntlett, a former student of Professor Honoré and long-serving member of the University Council) was proud to host a similar event in March 2009. Tony and Deborah Honoré attended the Cape Town event, as did fifty leading law academics, practitioners, and judges.
The quality and significance of the formal lectures presented at this gathering was such that Professor Danie Visser (Deputy Vice-Chancellor at UCT) and Professor Max Loubser (another former student of Professor Honoré and member of the Faculty of Law at Stellenbosch University) undertook to edit the papers for publication. Siber Ink will publish the volume within the next six weeks, in a limited print run of 200 copies. In addition to the usual supporting documents, the following chapters will be included:
1. 'Laudatio for Tony Honoré', by Jeremy Gauntlett SC.
2. 'Roman Law as Emancipatory and Social Evolution in the 19th Century', by Boudewijn Sirks, Regius Professor of Civil Law, Oxford.
3. 'Tony Honoré’s Contribution to Jurisprudence', by Justice Edwin Cameron and Nick Ferreira.
4. 'Honoré’s Law of Trusts', by Marius de Waal, Professor of Law, Stellenbosch University
5. 'Cause in Fact', by Anton Fagan, W.P. Schreiner Professor of Law, University of Cape Town.
This serves both as a notice about the impending publication of this volume, but also as an invitation to lawyers and law libraries to mark their admiration for the work of Professor Honoré by being pre-publication subscribers to this important volume, whose names will be listed at the beginning of the book.
We ask you to lend your support to this recognition of a great teacher and writer of law – still teaching and writing in his 90th year. This publishing venture needs your contribution.
Those willing to become listed subscribers are asked to send R 275 (or foreign equivalent, inclusive of packaging and postage) by 28 February 2011 at the latest.
More information about how to subcribe may be obtained from (and enquiries can be directed to) Pauline Alexander.
UK-based subscribers can send cheque for £30, payable to UCT Trust, before 28 February, to Angela Edwards, Consultant Director, University of Cape Town Trust, 83A High Street, Esher, KT10 9QA. Email.