Professor Anton Fagan


Anton Fagan is the WP Schreiner Professor of Law at the UCT Faculty of Law. His primary research interest is the South African law of delict. He teaches LLB courses on the South African law of delict and jurisprudence. He has a B-rating from the NRF.


South African Law of Delict 


Delict and Jurisprudence 


  • (Forthcoming) ‘Living with Depression’ in David Benatar (ed) Living with Adversity (provisional title).
  • (Forthcoming) ‘On Making, Reporting, and Repeating Defamatory Statements’ (2024) 141 South African Law Journal.
  • ‘Wrongfulness in the South African Law of Defamation’ (2023) 140 South African Law Journal 285.
  • Iniuria and Respect in Roman and South African Law’ in Nils Jansen and Sonja Meier (eds) Iurium Itinera (Historical Comparative Law and Comparative Legal History) – Reinhard Zimmermann zum 70. Geburtstag am 10. Oktober 2022 (2022) Mohr Siebeck, Tubingen 721.
  • ‘The Contract-Delict Interface and Harm-Causing Omissions’ in Tjakie Naude and Daniel Visser (eds) The Future of the Law of Contract – Essays in Honour of Dale Hutchison (2021) Juta, Cape Town 203.
  • Aquilian Liability in the South African Law of Delict – A Textbook for Students (2019) Juta, Cape Town.
  • Private Law in a Changing World – Essays for Danie Visser (2019) Juta, Cape Town (co-edited with Helen Scott).
  • ‘Why Intention Matters and How It Does’ in Anton Fagan and Helen Scott (eds) Private Law in a Changing World – Essays for Danie Visser (2019) Juta, Cape Town 283.
  • ‘Defamation, Reputation and Respect’ in PJ Schwikkard and SV Hoctor (eds) A Reasonable Man – Essays in Honour of Jonathan Burchell (2019) Juta, Cape Town 37.
  • Undoing Delict – The South African Law of Delict under the Constitution (2018) Juta, Cape Town.
  • ‘Further Reflections on Wrongfulness in the Law of Delict’ (2018) 135 South African Law Journal 18.
  • ‘Regulating Risk through Private Law: South Africa’ (with Helen Scott) in Matthew Dyson (ed) Regulating Risk through Private Law (2018) Intersentia, Cambridge 223.
  • ‘Report for the Rest of the World’ (with Enrique Barros Bourie, Mark Lunney and Ronen Perry) and ‘Statement from the Perspective of the Rest of the World’ in Helmut Koziol, Michael D Green, Mark Lunney, Ken Oliphant and Yang Lixin (eds) Product Liability: Fundamental Questions in a Comparative Perspective (2017) De Gruyter, Berlin/Boston 411, 593.
  • ‘Distributed Damage: A South African and Common Law Perspective’ (2015) 6 Journal of European Tort Law 124.
  • ‘Aquilian Liability for Negligently Caused Pure Economic Loss - Its History and Doctrinal Accommodation’ (2014) 131 South African Law Journal 288.
  • ‘Human Dignity in South African Law’ in Marcus Düwel, Jens Braarvig, Roger Brownsword and Dietmar Mieth (eds) The Cambridge Handbook of Human Dignity: Inter-Disciplinary Perspectives (2014) Cambridge University Press 401.
  • ‘Causation in the Constitutional Court: Lee v Minister of Correctional Services’ (2013) 5 Constitutional Court Review 104.
  • ‘The Gist of Defamation in South African Law’ in Eric Descheemaeker and Helen Scott (eds) Iniuria and the Common Law (2013) Hart Publishing, Oxford 169.
  • ‘The Right to Personal Security’ in Elspeth Reid and Danie Visser (eds) Private Law and Human Rights: Bringing Rights Home in Scotland and South Africa (2013) Edinburgh University Press 130.
  • A review of AW Brian Simpson Reflections on The Concept of Law (2011) Oxford University Press in (2013) 17 Edinburgh Law Review 113.
  • ‘The German Origins of a South African Dogma about Delict’ (2012) 76 Rabels Zeitschrift für ausländisches und internationales Privatrecht 967.
  • ‘A Straw Man, Three Red Herrings, and a Closet Rule-Worshipper - A Rejoinder to Davis JP’ (2012) 129 South African Law Journal 788.
  • ‘The Constitutional Court Loses Its (and Our) Sense of Humour: Le Roux v Dey’ (2011) 128 South African Law Journal 395.
  • ‘Cause in Fact’ in Danie Visser and Max Loubser (eds) Thinking About Law: Essays for Tony Honoré (2011) Siber Ink, Cape Town 50.
  • ‘The Secondary Role of the Spirit, Purport and Objects of the Bill of Rights in the Common Law's Development’ (2010) 127 South African Law Journal 611.
  • ‘The Confusions of K’ (2009) 126 South African Law Journal 156.
  • ‘Dignity and the Political Right to Freedom’ in AJ Barnard-Naudé, Drucilla Cornell, Francois du Bois (eds) Dignity, Freedom and the Post-Apartheid Legal Order: The Critical Jurisprudence of Laurie Ackermann (2008) Juta, Cape Town 177.
  • 'Reconsidering Carmichele' (2008) 125 South African Law Journal 659.
  • 'Blind Faith: A Response to Professors Neethling and Potgieter' (2007) 124 South African Law Journal, 285.
  • 'Rethinking Wrongfulness in the Law of Delict' (2005) 122 South African Law Journal 90.
  • 'Section 39(2) and Political Integrity' in Francois du Bois (ed) The Practice of Integrity: Reflections on Ronald Dworkin and South African Law (2005) Juta, Cape Town 117.
  • A review of Nils Jansen Die Struktur des Haftungsrechts (2003) Mohr Siebeck in (2005) Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht 211.
  • A review of Reinhard Zimmermann (ed) Grundstrukturen des Europäischen Deliktsrechts (2003) Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft in (2005) Zeitschrift für Europäisches Privatrecht 959.
  • 'Negligence' in Reinhard Zimmermann, Daniel Visser and Kenneth Reid (eds) Mixed Legal Systems in Comparative Perspective: Property and Obligations in Scotland and South Africa (2004) Oxford University Press and Juta 498.
  • 'Determining the Stakes: Binding and Non-Binding Bills of Rights' in Daniel Friedmann and Daphne Barak-Erez (eds) Human Rights in Private Law (2001) Hart Publishing, Oxford 73.
  • A review of William Lucy Understanding and Explaining Adjudication (2000) Oxford University Press in (2001) 117 Law Quarterly Review 159.
  • 'A Duty without Distinction' in TJ Scott and Danie Visser (eds) Developing Delict: Essays in Honour of Robert Feenstra (2000) Juta, Cape Town 49.
  • 'A Flawed Defence' (2000) 50 University of Toronto Law Journal 75.
  • 'Delivering Positivism from Evil' in David Dyzenhaus (ed) Recrafting the Rule of Law: The Limits of Legal Order (1999) Hart Publishing, Oxford 81.
  • 'Law of Delict' in the Annual Survey of South African Law 1998 (with Eduard Fagan) 264.
  • 'Dignity and Unfair Discrimination: A Value Misplaced and a Right Misunderstood' (1998) 14 South African Journal on Human Rights 220.
  • 'Law of Delict' in the Annual Survey of South African Law 1997 (with Eduard Fagan) 256.
  • 'Law of Delict' in the Annual Survey of South African Law 1996 (with Eduard Fagan) 303.
  • 'In Defence of the Obvious - Ordinary Meaning and the Identification of Constitutional Rules' (1995) 11 South African Journal on Human Rights 545.