IFCOL undertakes basic and applied research and offers legal translation services in selected languages.
Basic research should enhance foundational knowledge on a topic and create a basis for the application of such knowledge. At IFCOL, basic research is driven by a need to expand knowledge and anticipate developments in its areas of specialization (private international law, public international law and comparative law) so as to apply such knowledge in commissioned research. The content of IFCOL's commissioned research is therefore a guiding factor in the identification and continuation of its basic research projects.
Past and ongoing research projects include the following:
IFCOL undertakes applied research in its areas of specialization and provides legal translations on a fee-for-service basis.
IFCOL's applied research is focused on solving, or making recommendations on, specific legal problems. IFCOL's main client base is drawn from the attorney's profession, but during the past decade the Institute has also rendered services to government departments, commissions, statutory corporations, judges, university law clinics, private companies and occasionally, private individuals.
The bulk of IFCOL's commissioned work relates to private international and foreign law on marriage and the family, particularly as regards matrimonial property. However, IFCOL has also undertaken applied research in the fields of succession, contract, civil procedure and international treaty law. Since 1995 alone, IFCOL staff have dealt with the laws of 57 states. Requests most frequently arise in respect of the laws of Germany, the Netherlands, England, Italy, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Austria, Israel, Scotland and Israel. However, the total number of states represented in IFCOL's databank of precedents is close to 200.
IFCOL charges a minimum standard rate of R1000.00 per hour (+14% VAT) for a written opinion. The Institute ensures absolute confidentiality and the highest standard of service.
IFCOL staff can also provide sworn translations of legal texts in German, French, and Portuguese into English and vice versa. Fees applicable for legal translations are as follows:
Requests for written opinions or legal translations can be submitted to IFCOL in writing.
Centre for Foreign and Comparative Law