Owing to the ongoing impact of the Covid19 virus and future uncertainty as to its impact in the first half of 2021, the recently released formal University policy for postgraduate teaching in 2021 and the nature/number/composition of the students enrolled in our courses (comprising of both local and foreign students) we regret to advise that the block-teaching weeks for the Principles of Environmental Law Course (PBL5640F/PBL4640F) and the Land-Use Planning Law Course (PBL5641F/PBL4641F) will not be offered in face-to-face format next year and the presentation of the courses will accordingly be restructured into an online teaching format similar in approach to that used in the second semester of 2020.
Land-Use Planning Law is a very complicated and practical subject. In order to enable students to grapple with this complexity, students are tasked with preparing a legal memorandum opposing a fictitious development on an undeveloped property situated in Scarborough, Cape Town.
A record number of students enrolled in this year’s Land-Use Planning Law Module. On the final Friday of the first teaching block, the class relocated to Soetwater Conference Centre near Kommetjie for the day.
We are pleased to let you know that all our postgraduate programmes and courses are on offer in 2020. 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 2020, and should you have any queries, please do be in touch with him.
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”.
IMEL partnered with the Democratic Governance and Rights Unit and the Judicial Institute for Africa to run a week-long course in August for thirty judges selected from 11 countries in Southern Africa on environmental law.
2019 has ended off on a high note for the Natural Resources Law students, as they attended a case hearing brought by the Philippi Horticultural Area against the government, under the #SaveThePHA campaign. The Philippi Horticultural Area is famously known as Cape Town’s food basket, therefore any developmental threat to the area threatens the City’s food security.
Olivia Rumble recently attended a workshop of legal experts on marine plastic pollution, hosted by the IUCN Environmental Law Centre in Bonn, Germany. The workshop and related country studies were undertaken as part of the IUCN's MARPLASTICCs project in Kenya, Mozambique, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam.
Building on her work in the development of national climate change framework laws, Olivia Rumble recently visited Thailand to assist the Thai Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment with the development of a possible national climate change law for the country.