Denis Cowen (1917-2007) is renowned for his work on negotiable instruments. Selected Essays presents readers with other facets of his life’s work. His seminal essays and articles helped define areas of law such as environmental law and the law of competition. His work on law of property and statutory interpretation has also proved to be ahead of its time. As a public intellectual in the liberal tradition, he spoke with great timeliness, insight and insistence, during apartheid, about freedom of academe and the press.