Herman R. Hahlo*. 1. Of the great cases decided since World War II, few can surpass the Rhodesian case of Madzimbamuto v. Lardner-Burke and Another1. Under section 45 (2) in cases where the Governor is required to act on his own . even accepting the judgment in the constitutional case of Madzimbamuto v. Rhodesia that this case has been treated as a test case raising the whole question of the present constitutional position in Southern Rhodesia. It is therefore.

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By accepting madzimbamutk from William III and Mafzimbamuto, the judges must, perforce, have recognised their legitimacy; they could not legitimately have conducted an madimbamuto as to whether or not William III and Mary were de facto or madzimbamuti jure Sovereigns.

Dosso 77 and Uganda v. It is a fallacy to attempt to equate Southern Rhodesia with a state of the United States whose relationship to Congress is entirely different. The doctrine therefore is used to protect the Constitution of the Sovereign state, not to assist those who seek to destroy it. It was said that the cases were all decided after the Civil War had ended, when people had been living with no lawful government in existence for four and a half years, and that it would have been inequitable not to recognise measures affecting the ordinary transactions of civilized society.

There was, however, no formal annexation madzimbammuto the territory until Kin loch 18 state Trials ; and Rex v. Harrison and Dryburgh and Sammut v. The fact that the unlawful government had driven out the lawful one or that it could have returned to legality was disregarded It clearly arose out of the idea that it was necessary to preserve order and th bonds of society, even during the Civil War: The only other part of the Constitution to which reference need be made is Chapter IX, entitled “Amendment of the Constitution.

The Hague Regulations were merely declaratory of the pre-existing international law and therefore, even beforethe position would have been the same. But that principle could not be applied to judges whose duty it is to say what the law is. That case was referred to in Public Prosecutor v.


Folliott85 per Lord Kenyon C. No arguments will be advanced on the power of the United Kingdom Parliament to legislate for Rhodesia, either before or after November 11,and on the question of allegiance which is irrelevant, unless the Board thinks that submissions should be made. The courts are justified in co-operating with the usurping government to the extent necessary by recognizing certain measures. Clearly, however, both the courts below regarded themselves as still sitting under the Constitution.

Mercury Business Machines Co. If deprivation of liberty cannot be justified under sections 58 2 and 69 it cannot be justified at all. You must assist us. Under English law the executive has no power to direct the judiciary what law is to be applied. The mode of exercise was by executive act by the Governor.

Mustafa Ibrahim of Charnel In that case, owing to the immutable nature of the constitution of Cyprus and the political secession of the Turkish members of the judiciary and of the legislature, neither the courts nor Parliament had been able to function.

If ministers wish to go into rebellion and then come before Her Majesty’s courts, they come as private citizens and as such they have no more right to detain the appellant’s husband than anyone else would have. There are passages in the judgments which express the view that, even before U.

The doctrine can only be applied ex post facto and only in the private sector. TexasKeith v. No case can be found on the basis of which detention without trial could possibly be madzikbamuto.

Madzimbamuto v Lardner-Burke

If he decides to do otherwise it is a personal political decision, not a legal one. There is no rule that it must be brought to everyone’s attention, or that it must be in published form: It is for the Sovereign to take what executive action seems necessary and if, for two and a half years, Her Majesty decides to take no action, that is a matter within Her Majesty’s discretion.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The courts, whose judges are bound by their judicial oaths and their oaths of allegiance to Her Majesty ought not to recognise or enforce any measure contrary either to the Constitution or to any United Kingdom statute which extends to Southern Rhodesia.


Madzimbamuto v Lardner-Burke – Wikipedia

Even a lawful Sovereign must prove the necessity, except in case of war, and there is no basis on which the ipse dixit of Mr. The Order in Council does not prevent the Board giving recognition to the acts of the unlawful legislature if satisfied that there is some grounds for such recognition. This is entirely contrary to the Board’s decision in De Jager v. It is conceded madzimbammuto they drew liberally on all types of Roman and civilian writers, and not only those in Holland.

There can be equally little doubt that, by the letter of the Constitution, neither the so-called Parliament nor the self-styled Ministers have, since November 11,had any authority, and that none of their legislative or executive acts, since. The high-water mark of the doctrine is Attorney-General for the Republic v. Detention under any other proclamation would infringe constitutional rights. Detention without trial can never be necessary for the preservation of peace and good order, on the mere ipse dixit of a rebel Minister.

Lockhart97 where executors had invested trust funds in Madzlmbamuto bonds, the investment in such bonds was held absolutely illegal, and not a proper use. Furthermore, it does not protect one who owes allegiance to the lawful Sovereign, but who breaks that allegiance to serve another.

Does Blackstone explain what happened in ? Dosso [] 2 P.

But that does not mean that it is beyond the power of Parliament to do such things. Does your Lordship mean that it is therefore unnecessary to deal with the effectiveness of any order which the Board may make? Dupont is in actual physical power in Rhodesia at the moment, he is equivalent to a Sovereign.

The effect of such an nadzimbamuto is clear; see Sobhuza II v. The principle is what is described as the devil’s authority, to wit, necessity. Howman and Others N.

These cases were all heard after the end of the Civil War, never during it.