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3 Law Democracy & Dev. v (1999)

handle is hein.journals/laacydev3 and id is 1 raw text is: Editorial
This issue of Law, Democracy and Development introduces a number of
exciting changes and developments: Its status has been elevated to that of
official journal of the Faculty of Law at the University of the Western Cape.
Its mission has been broadened to include international, continental and
regional developments. The aim is to create a forum of discussion and
debate for scholars, practitioners and policy-makers from across the
African continent, thus contributing to the development of shared knowl-
edge and cooperative effort.
This extended mission, which has been made possible by the support
provided by the Friedrich Ebert Stifftung, is reflected in our adapted
language policy to include French as a working language.
The current issue also augments the content of LDD by the inclusion of
a number of case notes. Future issues will also be open to shorter articles
and book reviews.
This issue is devoted to a critical enquiry into the impact of economic
globalisation on South and Southern Africa. It focuses on the international
positioning of the World Trade Organisation (WTO), its influence on the
domestic policies and laws of the Republic of South Africa as a member
country of the WTO, and its far-reaching implications for trade relations in
Southern Africa.
Economic globalisation is already demonstrating its inevitable and last-
ing effect on virtually every aspect of life. Almost no area of human co-
existence and interaction with the environment and natural resources of
the earth is left untouched. This form of globalisation is mainly driven by
international and regional organisations, and transnational companies, but
also increasingly by private electronic commerce across international
Several of these economic activities have serious implications for the
political and legislative activities of (modern) nation states. While some
open up access by states to the riches of the world in unprecedented
ways, others may prejudice their proper functioning and even threaten
their very existence as political and juridical entities. For developing
countries it is absolutely vital to engage in the debate on these issues
which affect them all and to participate in the establishment and proper
functioning of institutions and legal and political procedures addressing
these issues.
The contributions in this issue are all based on papers read at a confer-
ence with the theme The World Trade Organisation: Law and Development
in South Africa, held at the University of the Western Cape in November
1998, and co-hosted by the French Embassy in South Africa.

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