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De Jure Law Journal

On-line version ISSN 2225-7160
Print version ISSN 1466-3597

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KURASHA, Primrose E.R.. South Africa's jurisdictional challenge with the under-development of cross-border commercial litigation: Litigation v Arbitration. De Jure (Pretoria) [online]. 2022, vol.55, n.1, pp.1-27. ISSN 2225-7160.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2225-7160/2022/v55a1.

Private international law is a globally established field of law however, its pre-eminence in Africa is insignificant and this has been as a result of its relevance, which according to many scholars is arguable. It follows logically therefore, that it is underdeveloped in Africa, and as this article posits, specifically in South Africa. This article advocates for the development of South African private international law by endorsing South Africa as a viable neutral jurisdiction venue for cross-border commercial disputes, in future. According to this article, this is to be achieved by the recognition of neutral jurisdiction clauses in South African courts. This can only be done by developing an effective and just system of cross-border/trans-national litigation. The proposed sound cross-border jurisdictional rules will supplement the newly established transnational arbitration regime. In order to achieve this, this research reflects an integrated comparative approach by establishing comparative perspectives mainly from the UK, USA, Brazil, Kosovo and South Africa.1 Based on its constitutional values of inalienable human rights and access to courts (justice), South Africa stands to gain immensely from incoming commercial arbitration and commercial litigation as forms of dispute resolution. This will establish the country as the preferred venue for arbitration and litigation on the African continent and beyond.

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