Judging in Black and White

Decision Making in the South African Appellate Division, 1950-1990

by Stacia L. Haynie (Author)
©2003 Textbook XVIII, 172 Pages


Despite the increasing recognition of judges as political actors, few studies have empirically explored the role and function of courts in repressive regimes. Based on individual case studies as well as empirical analyses of all the reported decisions of the highest appellate court in South Africa, Judging in Black and White: Decision Making in the South African Appellate Division, 1950-1990 creates a portrait of the individuals who staffed the bench during the rise and fall of apartheid. This book explores the dilemma of judging in a system that juxtaposes the formal law and the repressive law. Regardless of their adherence to a formal-law approach to judging, the adjudicative function cannot be fully separated from the larger moral questions embedded in these systems. This text evaluates the response of judges to this dilemma through institutional, individual and longitudinal analyses of judicial decision making.


XVIII, 172
ISBN (Softcover)
repressive regimes apartheid dilemma
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., Oxford, Wien, 2003. XVIII, 172 pp.

Biographical notes

Stacia L. Haynie (Author)

The Author: Stacia L. Haynie is Professor of Political Science at Louisiana State University. She received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of North Texas. Her research interests include judicial politics, public law and comparative judicial behavior. Her research has appeared in numerous professional journals such as the Journal of Politics, Law and Society Review, Political Research Quarterly and Politikon: South African Journal of Political Studies.


Title: Judging in Black and White