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Title:Liens in comparative perspective: South African law and Dutch law before and after the enactment of the current 'Burgerlijk Wetboek'
Author:Wiese, MitziISNI
Periodical:The Comparative and International Law Journal of Southern Africa (ISSN 0010-4051)
Geographic terms:South Africa
private law
Abstract:South African law distinguishes between enrichment liens and debtor and creditor liens. The former are generally classified as real rights and the latter are not. This position is similar to the position in Dutch law before the enactment of the current BW, where 'retentierechten' (liens) were divided into 'zakenrechtelijke retentierechten' and 'verbintenisrechtelijke retentierechten'. The former enjoyed real operation while the latter did not. Even though most authors are of the opinion that neither 'zakenrechtelijke retentierechten' nor 'verbintenisrechtelijke retentierechten' qualified as either real or personal rights, there were some authors who regarded 'zakenrechtelijke retentierechten' as real rights. The current 'BW' did away with the uncertainty regarding the nature of a lien. There is no longer a distinction between different types of lien. Article 3:290-3:295 'BW' deals with 'retentierechten' and classifies a lien as a 'verhaalsrecht' (right of redress) and a specific 'opschortingsrecht' (right to suspend). Notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]