We are pleased to let you know that all our postgraduate programmes and courses are on offer in 2019. We have also determined the provisional block-teaching week dates. Please further note that Prof Alexander Paterson (Alexander.Paterson@uct.ac.za) will be the IMEL Programme Convener in 2019, and should you have any queries, please do be in touch with him in the new year.
Professor Alexander Paterson was recently selected as an international trainer for the ADB-IUCNAEL Strengthening Capacity for Environmental Law in the Asia-Pacific Developing Environmental Champions: Train-the-Trainers Program. This involved him travelling to Kathmandu in Nepal in late November 2018 to present a four day Train-the Trainers Program aimed at advancing the teaching and practice of environmental, climate change and sustainability law across Asia.
Land-use planning frameworks have traditionally focused on developing settlements and related infrastructure. Climate change and biodiversity conservation have not historically always been considered in the formulation and implementation of land-use planning frameworks. Even if they are considered, the focus and impact of land-use planning frameworks is often localized rather than ecosystem wide. While countries are increasingly recognising and making the connection between land-use planning, biodiversity and climate change, in many countries these considerations are not yet adequately reflected in domestic laws and policies. There is accordingly often an absence of effective legal tools in place to practically facilitate improved integration of land-use planning, biodiversity and climate change issues and concerns.
After almost 34 years of service to UCT generally, the Law Faculty and IMEL in particular, Professor Jan Glazewski retires at the end of 2019. Having joined the Institute shortly after its formation, Jan has over the years inspired many to become fascinated in and study environmental law. The breadth of his influence and impact was evidenced by the audience at his Valedictory Lecture held in the Oliver Tambo Moot Court on 14 November 2018, following which he was presented with a box of selected “Jan’s Valedictory Wine”.