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IMEL Courses & Block-Teaching Dates (2020)
Tue, 07 Jan 2020 - 07:00

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 ( will be the IMEL Programme Convener in 2020, and should you have any queries, please do be in touch with him.

Class Outing to Astron Energy
Fri, 25 Oct 2019 - 09:45

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.

IMEL Bids Farewell to the Environmental Law for Non-Law Students
Fri, 25 Oct 2019 - 10:15

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.

International Environmental Law Comes to a Close
Fri, 25 Oct 2019 - 10:15

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.

IMEL Attend the ELA Conference
Fri, 25 Oct 2019 - 10:15

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”.

Training African Judges on Environmental Law
Fri, 25 Oct 2019 - 10:00

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. 

Natural Resources Law students support the #SaveThePHA court case
Thu, 17 Oct 2019 - 08:30

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.

IUCN workshop
IUCN Workshop on Marine Plastic Regulation Development
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 - 14:30

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.

Guidance to Thailand on National Climate Change Laws
Fri, 13 Sep 2019 - 15:00

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. 

Natural Resources Law students engage with biological resources regulation at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Mon, 22 Jul 2019 - 15:15

The first field trip for the Natural Resources Law students this year related to their study of South Africa’s biological resources. Naturally, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens in Cape Town provided the ultimate backdrop in which to engage the students on emerging debates in biodiversity laws.

Talking about the SDGs and the Law
Mon, 22 Jul 2019 - 15:00

The Institute, together with the Environmental Law Association of South Africa, were fortunate to host a seminar by Dr Fred Soltau, a Senior Sustainable Development Officer currently working at the United Nations in New York, on 17 July.

Land Use Planning Students Visit Scarborough & Soetwater
Mon, 22 Jul 2019 - 15:00

Land-Use Planning Law is a very complicated and practical subject. In order to enable students to grapple with this complexity, students spent the day visiting Scarborough and Soetwater near Cape Point. At Scarborough, they were introduced to the site which forms the focus of their course assignment - a proposed development in the Schusterskraal wetland.