Florida Coastal School of Law Professor of Law Christopher J. Roederer is headed to South Africa on a Fulbright Scholarship, bringing his family — including wife and Coastal Law associate professor Ericka Curran and their children — with him on the fall semester program.
The title of his Fulbright project is Democracy and Delict Reform; Legal Theory That Fits and Brings Value to South Africa’s Legal Tradition. Roederer will teach Delict, the Roman-Dutch law equivalent of torts, and research and write a book comparing the relationship between law reform in this legal area with the consolidation of democracy in South Africa and the United States. While there, he also will collaborate on a second edition of a book on South African legal theory, Jurisprudence, coedited with Darrel Moellendorf, he said.
South Africa is not a foreign territory for Roederer, who taught law in the country for more than five years before coming to Florida Coastal in 2006. Since that time, he has continued to research and write on the relationship between tort reform, constitutional law, and democracy in the U.S. and South Africa. Published articles have appeared in The Drake Law Journal, The Columbia Journal on Human Rights, The West Virginia Law Review, and The South African Journal on Human Rights. He said he wanted to return to South Africa to renew his research and scholarship on South African law and rekindle relationships with South African scholars.
“Going back to South Africa will allow me to get up to speed on developments in tort law/delict, constitutional law and democracy there,” Roederer said. “This has given me insight into American tort law, constitutional law and the limits and possibilities for our own democratic system.”
Roederer added he would like to renew and expand on his previous collaborative research and scholarship on South African legal theory and on ongoing work on the consolidation of South Africa’s democracy.
“This wouldn’t be adequately achieved from an armchair in Jacksonville, Florida,” he said.