Berman bears book bounty

08 November 2010

Berman's booksBerman's books: Sir Frank Berman (second from left) made a gift of books to the Law Library. In picture with him are (from left) law librarian Pamela Snyman, Assoc Prof Danwood Chirwa and faculty dean Prof PJ Schwikkard.

A 40-year veteran of international law and diplomacy, as well as a UCT graduate and visiting professor, Sir Frank Berman is a big fan of, the faculty of law's introductory course in international law, compulsory for first-year students. Keen to back up what's taught in the lecture theatres, Berman, on a recent visit from the UK, donated a dozen or so recently published books on the subject to the faculty's Brand van Zyl Law Library.

The volumes cover everything from the laws of international responsibility and diplomatic law to the workings of the International Criminal Court. "These books are essential additions to the library," said Associate Professor Danwood Chirwa, head of the Department of Public Law, at the handover of the titles on 29 October."Books," noted Berman, "have a way of multiplying the benefits of the gifts over many generations of students."

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