With the aim of promoting the advancement of knowledge and profiling new voices in environmental law our 2020/2021 essay competition was open to any student enrolled at a South African higher education institution (including undergraduate and postgraduate programs) or who graduated in 2020, and whose research concerned an environmental law topic.
Students were invited to submit essays based on their environmental law research to us (including edited versions of their LLM/LLB dissertations). Entries closed on 31 May 2021.
Essay submissions were adjudicated by an independent panel of experts from July-August 2021.
Winners were announced and prizes were awarded at the closure of the student conference on 14 September 2021:
In the LLB category, the winning essay was by University of Pretoria, Faculty of Law 2020 LLB graduate, Nicola Irving, on Conservation crime and pangolin poaching: Tensions between customary use and conservation law.
In the LLM category, the winning essay was by University of Pretoria, Faculty of Law 2021 LLM in Constitutional and Administrative Law graduate, Ursula Papé, on A critical analysis of the evolution of public participation in environmental decision-making in the South African mining sector.
Both essays were supervised by Dr Melanie Murcott, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Law at the University of Pretoria.
Congratulations to Nicola and Ursula!
Click here for the competition rules and terms and conditions.
31 May 2021