The ELA is collaborating with Prof. Melanie Murcott, for the launch of her recently published book, Transformative Environmental Constitutionalism (Brill, 2022). The launch is taking place on 7 December 2022 at 17h30 for 18h00, Wanderers Club, Illovo. Members and friends of the ELA are invited to attend. RSVP by clicking here for catering purposes.
Melanie, our Vice-Chairperson, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Law, Faculty of Law, UP. She teaches and researches in the fields of administrative law and environmental law. Melanie holds an LLB cum laude (UCT), an LLM cum laude (Masters in Administrative Law and Constitutional Law) (UP), and an LLD (Doctor of Laws in Constitutional Law) (NWU). She is admitted as an attorney of the High Court of South Africa, and as a solicitor of England and Wales (non-practising roll). Melanie is also a Director of Animal Law Reform South Africa.
Melanie’s book grapples with the intersections among social, environmental, and climate (in)justice. It does so given that we are in a time of planetary emergency. Given South Africa’s transformative constitutional regime, the book unpacks how courts can contribute to developing law that is responsive to intersecting injustices. And the book does so by developing and applying a novel legal theory of transformative environmental constitutionalism.
The launch will feature an insightful discussion by Lisa Chamberlain. Lisa is the Executive Director of the Environmental Justice Fund, South Africa. She is also an avid environmental justice activist. Lisa will speak on the importance of environmental justice movements in South Africa. She will reflect on how the ideas in Melanie’s work could be supportive of these movements.
Check out the book’s preface below.