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11 Law Democracy & Dev. xi (2007)

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This issue of LDD is memorable for two reasons. First, it marks the end of our
first decade of publication and the start of the second. Much has happened
in the field of socio-legal development during this period, and much of it has
been reflected in the pages of LDD. The articles, many by leading national
and international experts, were often of outstanding quality and are being
cited with increasing regularity To make this body of research and analysis
more accessible, a ten-year index has been compiled with details of all arti-
cles published since the first issue in May 1997. This will be distributed to all
Also, two special events have been organised to commemorate our tenth
anniversary - the first at the University of Cape Town on 26 July 2006 and
the second at the University of the Western Cape on 16 August 2007. Many
of those who have been most active in driving and inspiring LDD will be
present, not only to celebrate but also to reflect on the challenges ahead. VWe
use this occasion to appeal to readers for suggestions for making LDD more
relevant to their needs - in particular, problems or topics they feel should be
addressed. More than ever, LDD will focus on its central objective: to
'create a forum in which critical aspects of [the evolution and implementation of democ-
racy, good governance practices, human rights and socio-economic development] can be
debated by scholars, practitioners and all those concerned with policy-making across the
The second reason making this issue memorable is that, after ten years of
publication by LexisNexis Butterworths, LDD will henceforth be published
by Juta & Company in Cape Town. Looking back, we would like to express
our appreciation to Butterworths for the excellent working relationship we
have enjoyed and their support over the years. Looking forward, we believe
that our new publishing arrangements will enable us to reach a growing aca-
demic and scholarly readership, and therefore a wider range of contributors.
This, in turn, will make it possible to offer a journal of higher quality on a
more cost-effective basis. Our tenth anniversary celebrations thus serve to
relaunch LDD into its second decade in what promises to be a highly fruitful
partnership with our new publishers.
No review of LDD's first decade will be complete without acknowledging
the generous support we have enjoyed from the French Embassy in South
Africa in recent years. This has enabled us to distribute LDD to law faculties
and developmental agencies throughout Africa and beyond. In the process
we have taken the important step of publishing the editorial and summaries
of articles in every issue in French translation as well as English as a means
of introducing the journal to readers in francophone countries. We look for-
ward to developing increasing academic and research cooperation, and set-

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