Our first Streaming Club session on 25 February 2021 will focus on environmental injustice, experienced around the world disproportionately by black communities, in the form of unequal distribution of environmental harms and a lack of opportunities to participate in decisions about the unjust distribution of environmental harms and benefits. The short film Uniontown is a wonderful illustration of a community rising up in response to environmental injustice. For more information visit: http://www.fraserjones.tv/uniontown.
Members and friends of the ELA are invited to stream Uniontown (via Vimeo) in their own homes at 18h30 on 25 February 2021, and to join us via Zoom from 19h00 to 20h00 to engage with a panel of experts who will discuss insights from the film as well as South African experiences similar to those illustrated by the film, and legal and other responses to environmental injustice in a South African context.
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The panel discussion on Zoom at 19h00, Comparative environmental justice insights from SA and the USA, will be chaired by the Vice Chair of the ELA, Dr Melanie Murcott, whose LLM studies focused on the role of environmental justice in South African socio-economic rights litigation, and whose LLD studies focused on developing a legal theory of transformative environmental constitutionalism that can contribute towards the emergence of a social justice-oriented environmental law jurisprudence in the courts.
Prof. Nadia Ahmad will speak to environmental justice under USA law. Nadia is an Associate Professor at Barry University School of Law. Her research explores the intersections of energy siting, the environment, and sustainable development and draws on international investment law and corporate social responsibility. She has published over 30 scholarly articles and book chapters. In 2016, she was recognised by the Orlando Business Journal as a 40 Under 40 honoree for her leadership and community involvement. Among her many other accolades, Nadia currently serves as Vice Chair of the ABA Section of Civil Rights and Social Justice’s Environmental Justice Committee, which was presented with the 2016-2017 ABA Committee Excellence Award, and the ABA Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources’ Superfund and Natural Resource Damages Litigation Committee.
Dr Louis Snyman will speak to environmental justice under SA law. Louis is an attorney in South Africa and head of the Environmental Justice Programme at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies at the University of Witwatersrand. His PhD examined the conceptual and legal frameworks for spatial planning and environmental management in sensitive areas, and argued that these functions can be better integrated through environmental spatial planning. His work develops this framework through a detailed empirical case study of development in the Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site.
Dr Desmond D’Sa, a prominent environmental and human rights activist, will speak to struggles for environmental justice in South Africa, particularly in his role as co-ordinator of the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance. For 25 years Desmond has been a watchdog snapping at the heels of errant companies, particularly major oil refineries who have polluted their way through decades of industrial expansion in the south of Durban, South Africa. Desmond has received the 2013 Diakonia Human Rights Award in light of his selfless and tireless commitment and contribution to environmental justice and human rights in Durban. He has also been honored the 2014 recipient of the very prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize Award and more recently with a doctorate from the Durban University of Technology, Health Sciences Department.
25 Feb 2021
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm