One of the issues which is dealt with in the Principles of Environmental Course, are key institutions with a role to play in environmental governance and the environmental law making process. With a view to providing students with a tangible insight into the inner workings of Parliament, some students visited Parliament last week to listen to the lively debate in the National Assembly over the country's water crisis.
2018 has seen 25 new students join IMEL's postgraduate Environmental Law Programme. These students come from a diversity of countries including South Africa, Kenya, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Namibia, Germany and Austria. They also come from a diversity of backgrounds and include public prosecutors, LLB graduates, practising attorneys, environmental consultants, government officials, accountants, farmers and marine scientists.
We are pleased to let you know that all our postgraduate programmes and courses will be back on offer next year. We have also determined the provisional block-teaching week dates. Please further note that Prof Alexander Paterson (Alexander.Paterson@uct.ac.za) will resume the role as IMEL Programme Convener in 2018, and should you have any queries, please do be in touch with him in the new year.
Professor Alexander Paterson, Ms Amanda Mkhonza and Ms Olivia Rumble recently participated in the 5th Symposium and 4th Scientific Conference of the Association of Environmental Law Lecturers from African Universities (ASSELLAU) held in Yaounde from 10-13 January 2018.
IMEL is very happy to announce that Ms Amanda Mkhonza and Mrs Olivia Rumble joined the Institute at the beginning of this year.
IMEL is looking to replace some of our lost capacity with Professor Loretta Feris recently moving into the realm of university administration (being appointed as UCT's DVC of Transformation) and Ms Micha Young to Australia. We are looking to appoint a lecturer/senior lecturer specialising in environmental law to commence in January 2018. For those who may have an interest in applying for the position, please see the attached advertisement.
IMEL is happy to announce the publication of a new book titled Hydraulic Fracturing in the Karoo: Critical Legal and Environmental Perspectives which is edited by Jan Glazewski and Surina Esterhuyse (Eds). The book explores a broad-ranging set of questions related to proposed hydraulic fracturing or ‘fracking’ in the Karoo.
Following twelve weeks spent together, the Principles of Environmental Law class bid their farewells to one another and headed home to their different regions in South Africa, Africa and Europe.
Land Use Planning Law is a very practical subject and accordingly Land Use Planning Law students spent the day down at Soetwater near Scarborough, unpacking an array of complicated land use planning law scenarios.
After a three-year hiatus, the Association of Environmental Law Lecturers from African Universities met again in Nairobi from 14-17 December 2016. The theme of the 4th Symposium was the “Environmental Rule of Law and the Extractives Industry in Africa”.
Sandy Paterson was appointed as one of the trainers invited to lead a workshop for law teachers and trainers in the Asian region on protected areas law and governance. The thirty participants were selected from universities, government agencies and NGO’s in China, Mongolia, Taiwan, India, Sri Lanka, Myammar, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam.
Professor Feris recently participated as an independent expert and observer at the 'Meeting of senior government officials in environmental law on the midterm review of the fourth Montevideo Programme' in Montevideo, Uruguay.