The ELA Student Conference: New Frontiers in Climate Law and Governance
Check out the programme here.
Climate change is one of the most pressing contemporary global challenges, with a host of justice implications. Young people and future generations are among the most affected. This context is a catalyst to reflect on whether and to what extent environmental law and governance measures are adequately responding to climate change. Accordingly, in 2023 we invited students in the field of environmental law to present their current and recently completed research through the lens of the need for new frontiers in climate law and governance. At the conference, student presenters benefit from expert input (from legal practitioners and academics) on their current and completed research on environmental law. Whilst the focus of our conference is climate law and governance, students are also presenting on other relevant topics.
Students who recently completed or who are working on research focused on Environmental Law issues will be:
- Presenting on ongoing or completed research with fellow students and experts in Environmental Law at our Student Conference.
- Receiving feedback from leading experts.
- Networking with peers, academics and practitioners.
- Potentially winning prizes.
All students are invited to attend the conference and those presenting were encouraged to complete the form here to submit an abstract* of no more than 500 words by 1 September 2023 on relevant aspects of their current or recently completed research. The focus was not only on South Africa, and abstracts addressing diverse and multidisciplinary perspectives from all over the world were accepted.
To register to attend complete the form available here.
*An abstract is a summary of the argument you will share at the conference (in a 10 to 15 minute presentation).
Why students should participate:
The best presenters at the conference will be awarded prizes, and the 2022/2023 Student Essay Competition prize winners will be announced.
Students will have the opportunity to engage on how to publish their research and on possible future careers in Environmental Law.
Attendance at the student conference is free for students, and R150 for non-students attending in-person. Online attendance is free.
The Student Conference is hybrid (the Student Conference will take place online and in person at Nelson Mandela University, Gqeberha, thanks to our host ELA Exco member, Tanya Wagenaar).
12 Oct 2023