On 23 October 2019, the IMEL Pollution law LLM class went on a class outing to the Astron Energy petroleum refinery in Cape Town (what used to be the Chevron refinery). Students had an interactive meeting with the environmental experts on site to discuss air quality, waste, water, coastal discharge and contaminated land management, including legal compliance at the site.
Every year IMEL convenes a course titled Environmental Law for Non-Lawyers, on offer to postgraduate students registered in other Faculties at UCT. The course is convened by Sandy Paterson. Students enrolling in the course typically come from the Faculties of Science, Engineering and the Built Environment, and Humanities.
The final seminar week for the International Environmental Law Course came to a close in early October. In the second seminar week students were introduced to the international legal framework relevant to hazardous substances, activities and waste; biological diversity (both in the terrestrial and marine context); freshwater resources; and finally the Antarctic and Arctic regions.
Amanda Mkhonza, Olivia Rumble and Sandy Paterson all attended and presented papers at the Annual Environmental Law Association’s Conference held near Durban in September. The theme of this year’s conference was “25 Years of Environmental Law under a New Constitution”.