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Promoting Foreign Judgments: Lessons in Legal Convergence from South Africa and Nigeria

By Pontian N. Okoli


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About this book:

Promoting Foreign Judgments undertakes a comparative analysis of how South African and Nigerian courts can promote the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments considering both African countries as paradigms of their respective legal traditions. In many African countries, litigants experience significant uncertainty in their attempts to enforce foreign judgments. Disputes arise in the course of international trade, and contracting parties seek to secure effective outcomes. Drawing on the experiences of the United Kingdom and the United States (vis-à-vis efforts to attain an effective global legal framework on foreign judgments), this book argues that there is a need for a fundamental change in approach or underlying assumptions, with a view to facilitating the free movement of foreign judgments in a globalised world.

What’s in this book:

The comparative analysis is undergirded by relevant case law – spanning decades in Africa and centuries in Europe and the United States. This analysis includes insightful consideration of broader issues such as the following:

  • how challenges faced by judgment creditors may be circumvented;
  • practical issues impeding the free movement of foreign judgments;
  • impact of globalisation, increase in international commercial transactions, and regionalism on private international law; 
  • application of ‘fairness’;
  • how territorial sovereignty and State interests in international commerce impede the free movement of foreign judgments; and
  • ‘qualified obligation’ under which courts would presumptively enforce foreign judgments subject to certain exceptions and to the balancing of competing interests between private litigants and the State.

This book stands astride two important areas of law and practice. It provides a stage-by-stage process on the challenges that litigants face when they seek to enforce foreign judgments in South Africa and Nigeria and an analytical template for understanding how different legal cultures and jurisdictions at different stages of jurisprudential development can attain a common core.

How this will help you:

In summary, the author projects a clear case for predictability and certainty in the recognition and enforcement of foreign judgments, as well as how to go about it, thus offering lawyers a strategic position to weigh their options in contemplating enforcement of foreign judgments in any jurisdiction even beyond the African region. This innovative approach will also be of particular value to policymakers at national levels, international and regional economic organisations, as well as scholars in private international law and international commercial law generally. This is regardless of their specific legal area or niche, especially considering the dearth of literature in African private international law.

Publish Date 10/23/2019
Publish Frequency As Needed
Product Line Kluwer Law International
ISBN 9789403511344
SKU 10071932-0001
Table of Contents

About the Author



List of Abbreviations



Chapter 1 Overview

Chapter 2 The Application of ‘Fairness’

Chapter 3 The Background of the Hague Judgments Project

Chapter 4 The Common Denominators of Territorial Sovereignty and State Interests

Chapter 5 Theoretical Bases for the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments

Chapter 6 Legal Origins and Characterisation

Chapter 7 Jurisdictional Grounds for the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Judgments

Chapter 8 Public Policy

Chapter 9 Conclusions and Recommendations

Appendix 1 Trend of South African Cases (South African Law Reports)

Appendix 2 Trend of Nigerian Cases (Nigerian Weekly Law Reports)


Table of Cases

Table of Legislation