A Hohfeldian analysis of the Bill of Rights

Author: Quentin du Plessis

ISSN: 1996-2177
Affiliations: Member of the Johannesburg Bar
Source: South African Law Journal, Volume 139 Issue 3, p. 577-622


In the scholarship on rights, one name is pre-eminent: Hohfeld. Despite this, there are two ways in which the Hohfeldian analysis of rights remains underappreciated. The first is that it is commonly assumed that the Hohfeldian analytic system applies only to private-law rights. The second is that South African lawyers remain mostly unfamiliar with the Hohfeldian analytic system. By providing a Hohfeldian analysis of the South African Bill of Rights, this article aims to set the record straight in both respects.