Our first webinar in 2023 focuses on the Constitutional Court’s role in enforcing environmental rights in South Africa
Join us on 22 February 2023 at 1pm (SA time), in collaboration with the Global Environmental Law Centre at the University of the Western Cape’s Faculty of Law, for a webinar with Prof. Melanie Murcott, our ELA Vice Chairperson and Associate Professor at the University of Pretoria, Department of Public Law.
Prof. Melanie will speak on The Environmental Rights Gap in the South African Constitutional Court’s Jurisprudence
Building on the burgeoning discourse on environmental constitutionalism around the world, Murcott will trace the recent history of the South African Constitutional Court’s environmental rights jurisprudence, to reveal that overall the Court has not, of late, contributed a great deal to key developments in South African environmental law. She will then reflect on some of the ways the Court could strengthen environmental rights jurisprudence in South Africa, including to reinforce important environmental outcomes emerging from the High Courts and the Supreme Court of Appeal. In particular, she encourages the embrace of a legal theory of transformative environmental constitutionalism by the Court when next it has the opportunity to adjudicate disputes that implicate the environmental right. Given that humanity is facing a climate crisis with myriad justice and human rights implications, she argues that it is vital that the Court takes up this call.
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22 Feb 2023
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm