ELA Newsletter 2021-30

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13 August 2021



Customary Initiation Act 2 of 2021 – Proc 35 in GG 44981 of 13 August 2021 – commences 1 September 2021

Division of Revenue Act 9 of 2021 – GN 738 in GG 44996 of 13 August 2021 – Conditional allocations and explanatory memorandum


Disaster Management Act 57 Of 2002 – Directions

  • GN 710 in GG 44950 of 10 August 2021 – Social Development Adjusted Alert Level 3 Directions published in GN R681 in GG 44938 of 3 August 2021 corrected


Disaster Management Act 57 of 2002 – GN R733 in GG 44986 of 12 August 2021 – Declaration of a national state of disaster published in GN 313 in GG 43096 of 15 March 2020 extended to 15 September 2021

Agricultural Pests Act 36 of 1983 – GN R725 in GG 44983 of 13 August 2021 – Control measures relating to the Polyphagous Shot Hole Borer

Agricultural Product Standards Act 119 of 1990 – Gen Notice 467 in GG 44981 of 13 August 2021 – Notice of publication for comment of proposed amendment to regulations relating to the protection of geographical indications used on agricultural products intended for sale in the Republic of South Africa

Natural Scientific Professions Act 27 of 2003 – Gen Notice 469 in GG 44981 of 13 August 2021 – Schedule I (Fields of Practice) substituted

Electricity Regulation Act 4 of 2006 – GN 737 in GG 44989 of 12 August 2021 – Proposed substitution of Schedule 2 to the Act: Exemption from Obligation to Apply for and Hold a Licence – for comment

National Environmental Management: Integrated Coastal Management Act 24 of 2008 – GN 720 in GG 44981 of 13 August 2021 – Draft Coastal Management Line for the Garden Route National Park – for comment

Infrastructure Development Act 23 of 2014 – GN 711 in GG 44951 of 10 August 2021 – Proposed National Infrastructure Plan 2050 (‘NIP 2050’) – for comment

Standards Act 8 of 2008 – Gen Notice 470 in GG 44981 of 13 August 2021 – SANS 10400-Q:2021 Ed 4 – The application of the National Building Regulations – Part Q: Non-water-borne means of sanitary disposal. Specifies deemed-to-satisfy requirements for compliance with part Q (Non-Water-Borne Means of Sanitary Disposal) of the National Building Regulations


KwaZulu Natal

Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act 56 of 2003 – PN 85 in PG 2316 of 12 August 2021 – Municipal final budget for the 2021/2022


Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 and Local Government: Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000 – LAN 91 in PG 3287 of 13 August 2021 – Steve Tshwete Local Municipality – By-law for Sand Mining, 2021

Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 and Local Government: Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000 – LAN 93 in PG 3287 of 13 August 2021 – Steve Tshwete Local Municipality – Noise By-laws, 2021

Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 and Local Government: Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000 – LAN 94 in PG 3287 of 13 August 2021 – Steve Tshwete Local Municipality – Electricity By-law

Western Cape

Spatial Land Use Management Act 16 of 2013 – LAN 21517 in PG 8476 of 13 August 2021: Drakenstein Local Municipality – Appointment of Municipal Planning Tribunal member

Spatial Land Use Management Act 16 of 2013 – LAN 21520 in PG 8476 of 13 August 2021 – City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality – Appointment of Municipal Planning Tribunal members

North West

Local Government: Municipal Finance Management Act 56 of 2003 – ON 2 in PG 8249 of 11 August 2021 – North West Department of Finance – Consolidated Statements on the Performance of Municipalities for the fourth quarter ending 30 June 2021


International Instruments

IPPC “Sixth Assessment Report”  8 August 2021




Minister of Water and Sanitation v Amathole District Municipality 2021 (4) SA 252 (ECGEL)
“Constitutional law—Duties of state—Constitutional obligation of municipality to pay statutory water use charges—Extinctive prescription—Whether amounting to ‘debt’ prescribing after three years—Prescription Act 68 of 1969, s 11(d).
Prescription—Extinctive prescription—Constitutional obligation of municipality to pay statutory water use charges—Whether amounting to ‘debt’ prescribing after three years—Prescription Act 68 of 1969, s 11(d).”

Mineral Sands Resources (Pty) Ltd and Another v Redell and Others and Two Related Cases 2021 (4) SA 268 (WCC)
Defamation—Defences—Strategic litigation against public participation (SLAPP) defence—May in principle be raised where suit not genuine and brought to intimidate or silence opponent.
Court—Abuse of process—Strategic litigation against public participation (SLAPP)—Suit aimed at intimidation and silencing of opponents in public- interest issue—Clear abuse of process—Absence of anti-SLAPP legislation in South Africa should not be permitted to defeat interests of justice—Exception to SLAPP-type defence dismissed.”

Commissioner, South African Revenue Service v Glencore Operations SA (Pty) Ltd (Case no 462/2020) [2021] ZASCA 111 (10 August 2021)
“Summary: Revenue –Customs and Excise Act 91 of 1964 (the Act) – diesel fuel concession – entitlement to a refund of diesel fuel levy used for primary production in mining – interpretation and ambit of Note 6(f)(iii) of Item 670.04 in Part 3 of Schedule 6 to the Act – claim by entity engaged in mining activities for diesel rebates in respect of period between August 2011 and 13 December 2013 – claim disallowed by Commissioner on grounds that the activities in respect of which claim submitted not constituting primary production activity in mining within ambit of Note 6(f)(iii) but related to secondary activities in mining – decision by the high court overturning the Commissioner’s determination and instead holding that taxpayer entitled to a refund of diesel fuel levy for the relevant period reversed on appeal.”



SANBI “The status of biological invasions and their management in South Africa 2019 (Report 2021)

Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) “Second Biennial Report on the State of Climate Science and Technology in South Africa” (2019) DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/assaf.2019/0038


Guor-Cheng Fang et al “Measurements of ambient air fine (PM≤2.5) and coarse (PM>2.5) particulates concentrations by using of a dust monitoring system” 2021 Environmental Forensics DOI: 10.1080/15275922.2021.1940377

Robak Anna “Perceived vs measured water supply service: evidence from New Zealand” 2021 International Journal of Water Resources Development DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2021.1940105

Ferdous Hoque Sonia “Socio-spatial and seasonal dynamics of small, private water service providers in Khulna district, Bangladesh” 2021 International Journal of Water Resources Development DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2021.1951179

Wyrwoll Paul R & Grafton R. Quentin “Reforming for resilience: delivering ‘multipurpose hydropower’ under water and energy risks” 2021 International Journal of Water Resources Development DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2021.1944844

Armenteras D et al “Fire-induced loss of the world’s most biodiverse forests in Latin America” 2021 7(33) Science Advances DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.abd3357

News, Blogs, Discussions, Websites, Videos, ETC

South Africa

Biodiversity, Protected Areas, Culture

Daily Maverick: Smillie S “Ornithologists on a mission to change the names of birds associated with colonial horrors” 11 August 2021

Daily Maverick: Sgqolana T “Fish die-off: A combination of factors are killing fish in estuaries along the Eastern Cape coast” 12 August 2021

Daily Maverick: Brown M “Think global, act local — effective marine conservation must cede ownership of resources to communities” 12 August 2021

Climate Change and Energy

702: “South Africa commits to climate change as UN issues ‘code red for humanity’” 11 August 2021

Daily Maverick: Ngam R “Tipping point: How many climate code reds does humanity need?” 10 August 2021

Daily Maverick: Carnie T “Karpowership gets another lifeline as Turks claim to be victims of ‘vicious campaign’” 10 August 2021

Daily Maverick: Worthington R “The climate crisis and South Africa’s mitigation objectives are a credibility test for Cabinet and science-based policy” 10 August 2021

Daily Maverick: Mahlaka R “Medupi explosion: Sabotage ruled out, but the R2bn repair price could fall on energy customers” 12 August 2021

Daily Maverick: Stoddard E “It’s 100MW or bust: Power to the people after embedded generation threshold set in stone” 12 August 2021

EWN: “Change to electricity regulations are hoped to help end power woes” 14 August 2021

EWN: “Energy experts welcome amendment allowing ipps to generate power for SA” 13 August 2021

Mail & Guardian: Phillips T “Medupi fails two tests already” 14 August 2021

BusinessDay: Masie D “Podcast | African Development Bank talks impact of Covid-19 and climate crisis on energy transition” 14 August 2021

Polity: “Bracing for Climate Impact: Renewables as a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy” 13 August 2021

Environmental enforcement

SA News: “Draft National Infrastructure Plan 2050 gazetted for public comments” 12 August 2021

Local Government

Daily Maverick: Toyana M “Stats SA: Struggling municipalities remain heavily dependent on the state” 10 August 2021

The Conversation: Covary T “Same old funding model can’t keep South African cities going or serve residents” 12 August 2021

EWN: “Modimolle-Mookgophong Local Municipality works to repay historic debt to Eskom” 14 August 2021

EWN: “Eskom: illegal connections in the WC costs us more than R700m a year” 12 August 2021

GroundUp: Damba-Hendrick N “Eastern Cape village without water since 2019” 12 August 2021

Mail & Guardian: Brisbane C “Anatomy of a failed municipality” 11 August 2021

IOL: Thebus S “Social housing in Cape Town Central in limbo, say housing activists” 13 August 2021


Daily Maverick: Pikoli Z “Corruption Watch report exposes how rural mining communities are being cheated out of compensation” 12 August 2021

Daily Maverick: Stoddard E “Stats SA unable to publish June mining data due to energy department’s capacity woes” 12 August 2021

EWN: “NUM to hold mass meeting over Richards Bay Minerals force majeure on workers” 13 August 2021

Mail & Guardian: Bega S “South Africa’s closed mines must not shaft people” 14 August 2021

Mail & Guardian: Frank MG “Of carrier pigeons and diamond smugglers” 13 August 2021

Mining Weekly: Slater D “Eastplats lifts second-quarter revenue on increased re-mining and tailings processing” 13 August 2021

Mining Weekly: Bulbulia T “New report explores solutions to ensure mining-affected communities receive rightful benefits” 13 August 2021

Water, Waste, Oceans and Chemicals

The Conversation: Omeike S “Fungus in Nigeria’s industrial waste produces a promising antibiotic compound” 12 August 2021


The Conversation:  Levy B “Beyond the cabinet reshuffle – what will it take to renew South Africa’s public sector?” 6 August 2021

Lexology Ropes & Gray: Lambert-Porter S et al “Overview of South Africa’s anti-corruption landscape, state capture, and recent civil unrest” 6 August 2021

Mail & Guardian: Smit S “Commodities ‘bail out’ South African economy, but chronic structural woes remain” 8 August 2021


Biodiversity, Soil, Protected Areas and Culture

IOL: “Libya’s wildlife treasure island at risk of ruin” 14 August 2021

Bizcommunity: “Namibia sells only a third of elephants on offer in criticised auction” 12 August 2021

Climate Change and Energy

The Conversation: Ongoma V “Insights for African countries from the latest climate change projections” 11 August 2021

allAfrica: Dairo F “Nigeria: Osinbajo, Others Want Conversations on Climate Change in Nigeria Reframed” 13 August 2021

allAfrica: Mbathera E “Namibia: Waste-to-Energy Power Plant Project Trashed” 13 August 2021

allAfrica: “Nigeria: Hazards of Plastics Litter” 13 August 2021

allAfrica: Takambou MM “North Africa: Algeria and Tunisia Wildfires Reinforce IPCC Findings On Africa” 12 August 2021

Local government

The Conversation: Covary T “Same old funding model can’t keep South African cities going or serve residents” 12 August 2021

The Conversation: Kalisa E et al “How COVID-19 lockdowns and car-free days affected air pollution in Rwanda’s capital” 11 August 2021


Daily Maverick: Daghar M “Gold diggers and rent-seekers strip Tanzania’s wealth while tarnishing inter-industry relations” 11 August 2021

IOL: “Equatorial Guinea issues mandate for oil and gas worker vaccinations” 11 August 2021

Water, Oceans, Waste and Chemicals

The Conversation: Omeike S “Fungus in Nigeria’s industrial waste produces a promising antibiotic compound” 12 August 2021

allAfrica: Emmanuel H “Nigeria: Akwa Ibom, Cross River Communities to Benefit From EU, Ecowas Intervention” 14 August 2021


Lexology: “Preventing Tunnel Vision in Underground Projects” 1 February 2021

The Conversation: Gebregiorgis D “The war in Tigray: the makings of a man-made famine, and what can be done” 6 August 2021

Lexology Baker McKenzie: Van Rensburg M “Africa: Massive increase in M&A deal value in Sub-Saharan Africa in the first half of 2021 11 Aug 2021 7 minute read” 11 August 2021

The Conversation: Cooper J and Reboud J “How we used smartphones to test for malaria: lessons from Uganda” 12 August 2021


Biodiversity, Protected Areas, and Culture

IISD ENB: IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020 | 3–11 September 2021 | Online

Science: Cosier S “Scientists urged Wisconsin to limit its wolf kill. It didn’t go well” 12 August 2021

Fin24: “’Heaven to hell’: Greek beekeepers lament tradition lost to fire” 14 August 2021

The Jurist: Khandelwal K “India state legislative assembly passes cattle preservation law” 14 August 2021

The Jurist: Maurya S and Gautam K “Can Brazil’s Indigenous People Survive Bolsonaro?” 10 August 2021

The Independent: Cockburn H “Argentina becomes first country to ban open-net salmon farming due to impact on environment” 8 August 2021

Climate Change and Energy

IISD ENB: “Summary: Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change-54” 26 July – 6 August 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “IPCC Assessment of Climate Change Science Finds Many Changes are Irreversible” 10 August 2021

Lexology: “The science is in – so what now? Implications of the new IPCC report for corporate and government decision-makers” 10 August 2021

DW: “’Reality check’: IPCC and phasing out fossil fuels” 12 August 2021

DW: “Opinion: Court action could be vital as IPCC confirms climate emergency” 9 August 2021

The Guardian: Harvey F and Tremlett G “Greenhouse gas emissions must peak within 4 years, says leaked UN report” 12 August 2021

IISD ENB Vimeo: “What to expect at COP26” 12 August 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “Indonesia’s LEDS Identifies Partnerships as Key to Achieve Paris Agreement” 10 August 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “Stakeholders Identify Gaps Across HLDE Themes, Provide Recommendations” 10 August 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “EU Unveils Planned Carbon Tax on Imports Amid U.S., Japanese Concerns” 28 July 2021

Lexology: “IPCC 2021 climate change report – another tool for climate litigation?” [Australia] 11 August 2021

BBC: Harrabin R “Climate: WWF warns UK spending is lagging behind targets” 12 August 2021

DW: “July 2021 hottest month ever recorded, says US weather agency” 14 August 2021

The Guardian: Morton A “Large-scale solar and windfarm investment in Australia records major drop this year” 13 August 2021

Science: Service RF “‘Big step forward.’ Energy expert analyzes the new U.S. infrastructure bill” 11 August 2021

Science: Cho A “Department of Energy’s ‘mini–Manhattan Projects’ for key energy problems wind down” 11 August 2021

The Jurist: Nwadike F “The Possibility of a Waiver of TRIPS Obligations for the Transfer of Carbon Capture Technology (CCT)” 13 August 2021

Euractiv: “EU urges all major economies to raise climate goals by November summit” 12 August 2021

Carbon Brief: “Analysis: China’s post-lockdown emissions surge shows signs of cooling” 13 August 2021

Clean Energy Wire: Appunn K “Germany’s energy ministry proposes criteria for offshore green hydrogen production” 13 August 2021

Environmental Enforcement

Lexology: “Environmental justice considerations in business transactions” [USA] 5 August 2021

Lexology: “Will Streamlined NEPA and Permitting Provisions Sink the Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill?” 3 August 2021

Lexology: “The Creative, Collaborative Use of Neutral Experts in Environmental Mediations” 10 August 2021

Litigation: Shell agrees to major oil spill settlement
“Shell will pay a Nigerian community $111m for an oil spill more than 50 years ago, the company confirmed yesterday. It said the payment would mark a ‘full and final settlement’ to the Ejama-Ebubu community for the spill during the 1967-70 Biafran War. BBC News reports that a Nigerian court fined Shell the equivalent of $41.36m in 2010, but it launched a number of unsuccessful appeals. The Supreme Court last year said that, with interest, the fine was more than 10 times greater than the original judgment. ‘They ran out of tricks and decided to come to terms,’ said lawyer Lucius Nwosa, who represented the local community.” Full BBC News report Legalbrief 13 August 2021

Local government

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “Yokohama Program Supports Sustainable Solutions in Partner Cities” 10 August 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “Saving Young Lives, Protecting the Planet, and Growing the Economy: Road Safety for 2030” 11 August 2021


The Jurist: Profiri I “Canada dispatches: citing environmental concerns, federal government ends controversial Grassy Mountain coal project” 9 August 2021

The Guardian: Giuffrida A “Sardinia’s seasonal crimewave of sand thieves” 13 August 2021

Mining Weekly: Iannucci E “Australian miners accelerate green investment amid net-zero flurry” 13 August 2021

Mining Weekly: “China’s green ambitions aren’t halting new coal and steel plans” 13 August 2021

BBC: Phelps S “Council policies ‘inconsistent’ with climate goals” 13 August 2021

Water, Oceans, Waste and Chemicals

Lexology: “Federal Plastics Ban” [Canada] 11 August 2021

Lexology: “NJDEP Issues New Guidance for Contaminants of Emerging Concern” 12 August 2021

Lexology: “Companies that manufacture or distribute pesticides or foods in polyethylene containers should track FDA, EPA, and USDA activities on PFAS” [USA] 10 August 2021

DW: “How Mekong River is turning into a new flashpoint in Indo-Pacific” 12 August 2021

Science: Stokstad E “Climate change is drying out many part-time streams in the United States” 12 August 2021

The Jurist: Stephenson SK “EPA ordered to update guidance on use of chemical dispersants for offshore oil spills” 10 August 2021

The Guardian: Johnson S “‘It’s outrageous’: Trinidadian fishers film ‘half-hearted’ oil spill clean-up” 13 August 2021

The Guardian: “Environmental impact of bottled water ‘up to 3,500 times greater than tap water’” 5 August 2021

The Independent: Alibhai Z “Farm pesticides killing twice as many bees than first thought, study finds” 6 August 2021

BBC: Adams J “Giant iceberg A74 kisses the Antarctic coast” 12 August 2021


Lexology: “EU Taxonomy: Platform on Sustainable Finance publishes preliminary draft technical screening criteria for remaining 4 environmental objectives” 5 August 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “US Joins Services Domestic Regulation Talks” 12 August 2021

Lexology: “Green Data: a global perspective on a new trend for data centers” 11 August 2021

Lexology: “How ESG & corporate purpose contribute to a sustainable investment future” 11 August 2021

Lexology: “What is Old is Green Again: Ad Law in the 90s” [USA] 11 August 2021

Lexology: “German Regulator Combats Greenwashing by Proposing Guidelines on “Sustainable” Investment Funds” 11 August 2021

Mail & Guardian: Halland H and Thallinger G “The world needs green sovereign funds” 13 August 2021

Conferences, Workshops, Study Opportunities


Environmental Law Association Student and Annual Conferences: Celebrating 25 Years of the 1996 South African Environmental Right
Annual Conference: 16-18 September 2021 (online)
Student Conference: 13-15 September 2021 (online)
Spread over a few days to avoid screen fatigue

ASSAf SAGE Webinar Series: Why Environmental Management must become the New Normal
19 August 2021
Time: 11:00 – 12:30 Venue: Zoom (link to be provided upon registration)
RSVP: Click here to RSVP

NWU CLES 2nd Annual National Postgraduate Student Conference on Local Government & Urban Governance: Law and Governance in a Pandemic: Towards Safe, Inclusive, Resilient and Sustainable Cities and Towns”
Dates: 30 November – 2 December 2021
Call for Abstracts

Conservation Symposium: Exploring the Science, Practice and Value of Nature Conservation
Dates: 1-5 November 2021
The ELA will host its own session at the Conference – see information sent in separate email.
Conservation Symposium will be free and online for 2021.
More information

South African Institute for Advanced Constitutional, Public, Human Rights and International Law (SAIFAC):  10-part series on Climate Change Leadership: Bringing Science, People and Policy Together

  • 19 August 2021: Topic 6: Increasing pressure, increasing implications for businesses?
  • 2 September 2021: Topic 8: Jobs or the environment? How can climate change responses address the interests of labour?
  • 30 September 2021: Topic 9: Preparing for COP 26 – What does South Africa want from the COP negotiations?
  • 14 October 2021: Topic 10: Where to from here? The role of the next generation and their views on a safe and human world for all

More information available on the SAIFAC Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SAIFAConline

CLES Online Colloquium: The potential of technology and innovation towards realising South Africa’s constitutional water right
Some of South Africa’s brightest minds in this field are presenting in the Colloquium: Prof Michael Kidd, Prof Nathan Cooper, Carin Bosman, Jay Bhagwan, Jacques de Vos and Dr Nicolene Steyn.
Find the programme here
Colloquium date:  20 August 2021
Time: 10:00 am – 13:00 pm

Annual IMIBIZO: Buoyant Solutions for Ocean Sustainability
Dates: 18-22 October 2021
Workshop 1: Exploring potential marine options for climate intervention
Workshop 2: Lighting the ‘grey zone: how can we integrate human dimensions in decadal-scale prediction systems?
Workshop 3: Ocean governance and climate adaptation: comparing responses, charting future courses 
Deadline for abstracts: 16 August 2021 [attendance only with accepted abstract]
More information

NWU CLES Critical Conversation series: Prof Marius Pieterse (University of the Witwatersrand) Making room for corporate co-governance of South African cities in the public-law relationship
Date: 16 September 2021, 14:00 – 15:15pm
Please register for this event by 14 September 2021

DSI/NRF/CSIR Chair in Waste and Society Webinar Series: Ms Nonhlanhla Ngcobo Waste pickers, what is their crime? Constitutional safeguards
Date: Thursday, 19 August 2021 @ 12h00 PM via Zoom

Stellenbosch University Museum and the African Studies Center at Michigan State University: Ubuntu Dialogues: Ubuntu, Decolonisation and the South African Law
Seminar Fellow, Dr Allison Geduld in conversation with Professor Rosalind Dixon, Professor of Law at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia. This webinar is one in a series of web seminars organized under the auspices of the Ubuntu Dialogues Seminar Fellowship. The partnership is geared toward establishing new and strengthening existing connections and cooperation between universities, museums, and communities.
We invite you to join us for this conversation and collaborate in producing dynamic sites for the co-creation and dissemination of knowledge and practice.
Date: Aug 17, 2021 02:00 PM

ASSAf: Webinar on: Wastewater Surveillance in the Management of COVID-19: Experiences from three Countries
Date: 31 August 2021 10:00 AM


The Road to COP 26/CMA 3 Preparatory Lecture Series:
Date: 26 August 2021, 10:00 (London) / 18:00 (SGT) Streamlining the Ocean into COP 26 and beyond by Nilufer Oral, Director, CIL-NUS and Member of the International Law Commission
Date: 24 September 2021, 10:00 (London) / 18:00 (SGT) Equity and Fairness in International Climate Change Law by Lavanya Rajamani, Professor of International Environmental Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford
Date: 8 October 2021, 10:00 (London) / 18:00 (SGT) The Compensation Question: Loss and Damages by Linda Siegele, Legal Advisor to AOSIS Member States
More information

ACCESS Conversations on Climate Change

  • Panel 2: What is this COP all about, what outcomes are sought? What are the big and important geopolitical forces and concerns? How important are activists and lobbyists? August. Details to follow.
  • IPCC Assessment Report 6 launch events – To be announced (This will most likely be a separate set if events which will we will inform you about).
  • Panel 3: What is SA position going into the event – What is SA’s contribution and role? October. Details to follow.
  • Panel 4: Live from COP – what’s happening and what can we anticipate? November. Details to follow.
  • Panel 5: COP retrospective: what was achieved and what does it mean for us here? December. Details to follow.

To register please follow this link.

Institute for Carbon Removal Law and Policy: The Prospects for Carbon Dioxide Removal in California
Date: Thursday, 19 August 2021
Time: 10:00 am-11:00 am PDT/1:00 pm-2:00 pm EDT

1st Annual Conference for Carbon Removal Law and Policy: Exploring Ocean Based Approaches to CDR
Date: 21-22 September 2021
Registration and Programme

Vacancies, Bursaries, Funding, Opportunities, etc.


University of Venda: Assistant Head-Legal Aid Clinic
Closing date: 10 September 2021
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Wits: Legal and Policy Researcher (1 year contract)
Closing date: 19 August 2021
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India: Online Diploma Certificate in International Affairs and Diplomacy: Indian Institute of Governance and Leadership Friendship Scholarship Programme
Closing date: 20 September 2021
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Switzerland: Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships: Phd, Post doctoral, Research fellows
Deadline for scholarship applications: 15 December 2021
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University of New South Wales: Pro-Vice Chancellor (Research)
Closing date: 12 September 2021
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University of Canberra: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education)
Closing date: 10 September 2021
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Universities Australia:  Deputy Chief Executive
Closing date: 18 August 2021
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Griffith University: Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme – Phase Two
Closing date: 23 August 2021
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Swinburne University of Technology: Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education, Experience & Employability
Closing date: 20 August 2021
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Swinburne University of Technology: Deputy Vice-Chancellor – Research
Closing date: 30 August 2021
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Swinburne University of Technology: Vice-President Innovation & Enterprise
Closing date: 30 August 2021
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Swinburne University of Technology: Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer
Closing date: 20 August 2021
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University of Melbourne: Associate Director, Research Ethics
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VU University of Amsterdam Institute for Environmental Studies – Faculty Position in Human-Environment Systems and Land-System Science

Lund University – Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Law

York University Law School – Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Law

University of Amsterdam Department of Jurisprudence – PhD Position in Digital Justice in Humane AI

Radboud University Nijmegen School of Management – PhD Position in Enforcement of EU Law by National Regulatory Authorities

Utrecht University Utrecht University School of Law – Associate Professor in International and European Law

University of Zurich Faculty of Law – Professorship in Commercial and Business Law

University of Zurich Faculty of Law – Professorship in Trade, Banking, Company, and Capital Markets Law

Queen Mary University of London School of Law – Lecturer in Law

University of Surrey School of Law – Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Financial Law

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign College of Law – Visiting Assistant Professor in Law

University of California Los Angeles School of Law – Institute for Technology, Law, and Policy

University of Illinois Urbana Champaign College of Law – Faculty Position in Law

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Tulane University Law School: Chair in Environmental Law
Tulane University Law School invites nominations and applications for a Chair in Environmental Law. We seek an academic leader with a record of distinguished scholarship, excellence in teaching, and the demonstrated capacity to direct a well-established program in environmental law. The appointment will be made at the level of tenured, full professor.
The responsibilities of the chair holder include scholarly research and publication; classroom teaching; participation in faculty governance; serving as Director of the Center for Environmental Law; active involvement in student mentoring and counselling; engagement with faculty both within the Law School and throughout the University; together with other chairs and senior faculty, providing leadership for integrative research activities; significant engagement with academic institutions and professional organizations in environmental law and related areas of law, including frequent participation in meetings and symposia. The chair holder is expected to provide leadership in our long-standing environmental law program in terms of research, curriculum, and public engagement. Tulane Law School, with world-leading strength in environmental, energy, maritime, as well as international and comparative law, provides the chair holder the unique opportunity and support to lead and expand an already prominent program in environmental law.
The qualifications required for the chair are:

  • Juris Doctor (J.D.) and/or Ph.D. (or equivalent doctoral degree) in Law
  • Broad recognition for scholarly distinction
  • Established publication record
  • Clearly developed long term research agenda
  • Extensive teaching experience
  • Demonstrated capacity for programmatic leadership

Interested candidates and all inquiries should apply be directed to: Prof Stephen M. Griffin W. R. Irby Chair and Rutledge C. Clement Jr. Professor in Constitutional Law Tulane University School of Law.  Review of applications will begin in the fall and continue until completion.

The Energy Values Lab in the Department of Community Sustainability (CSUS) at Michigan State University seeks one highly motivated PhD student to begin study in Spring or Fall 2022 and assist with a new research project focusing on community-centered large-scale solar development in the US. This project will involve conducting case studies and interviews in existing large-scale solar communities, assisting with surveys, classifying large-scale solar sites, and analyzing and disseminating data. The research will be both quantitative and qualitative and will incorporate a community-based participatory research (CBPR) and structured decision-making (SDM) approach.
CSUS is an interdisciplinary department that addresses contemporary issues of sustainability in agriculture, recreation, natural resources, energy, and the environment. Consistent with its mission to assist in the development of sustainable communities, the department offers offers two graduate majors: Community Sustainability (MS and PhD) and Sustainable Tourism and Protected Areas Management (MS and PhD). In both graduate programs, CSUS embraces international as well as domestic applications, engagement, and opportunities. Please email Asst Professor Doug Bessette for more information about this position:
Please apply here. The application period opens September 1, 2021.

Indiana University Robert H. Mckinney School of Law: Chair in Environmental Law
To begin in the 2022-23 academic year. The law school seeks applications from persons with distinguished records of scholarship and teaching who would be eligible for appointment as full professor with tenure. As part of IUPUI, Indiana’s premier urban research institution, the law school is committed to being a welcoming community that reflects and enacts the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion that inform academic excellence. We seek candidates who will not only enhance our representational diversity but whose research, teaching, and community-engagement efforts contribute to diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty. IU McKinney condemns racism in all its forms. The law school is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action institution with a strong commitment to inclusion and offers domestic partner benefits: https://mckinneylaw.iu.edu/about/administration/policies/diversity-and-inclusion.html. For more information about the school, please visit http://indylaw.indiana.edu/. We encourage applications from persons of color, women, persons with disabilities, the LGBTQ+ community, veterans, and members of other groups that are under-represented on university faculties. Our faculty is truly collegial. Indianapolis, where the law school is situated, is the state capital and a vibrant city with a variety of restaurants, theaters, and musical venues. Indianapolis is in the top ten of the Best Affordable Places to live, according to U.S. News & World Report. To apply, please fill out the application at https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/11186. For more information, please contact Professor Andrew R. Klein at


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