ELA Newsletter 2021-31

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20 August 2021



Department of Social Development – GN 741 in GG 45006 of 18 August 2021 – Green Paper on Comprehensive Social Security and Retirement Reform (2021) – for comment


Plant Health (Phytosanitary) Bill, 2021 [B14-2021]

Agricultural Product Standards Amendment Bill, 2021 [B15-2021]

Public Administration Laws General Amendment Bill, 2021 [B16-2021]

Draft Second Special Appropriation Bill, 2021 – GN 746 in GG 45013 of 19 August 2021 – notice of intention to introduce and explanatory summary – for comment


National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998 – GN 747 in GG 45014 of 20 August 2021 – Fourth Generation Consolidated Environmental Implementation and Management Plan 2020/2024 for the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment

International Trade Administration Act 71 of 2002 – Gen Notice 476 in GG 45003 of 16 August 2021 – International Trade Administration Commission of South Africa (ITAC) – Guidelines, Rules and Conditions Pertaining to Certificates Issued under Paragraph (a) of Rebate Item 412.11/00.00/01.00 for Goods Imported for the Relief of Distress of Persons in Cases of Famine or other National Disaster

International Trade Administration Act 71 of 2002 – Gen Notice 485 in GG 45011 of 20 August 2021 – Amended Guidelines and Conditions relating to Extension of Safeguard Measures

Electricity Regulation Act 4 of 2006 – GN 751 in GG 45023 of 20 August 2021 – Proposed substitution of Schedule 2 to the Act: Exemption from Obligation to Apply for and Hold a Licence published for comment in GN 737 in GG 44989 of 12 August 2021 amended



National Environmental Management: Protected Areas Act 57 of 2003 – PN 82 in PG 3288 of 20 August 2021 – Thaba Chweu and Bushbuckridge Local Municipalities – Declaration of an area as part of an existing nature reserve – Blyderivierspoort Nature Reserve


Local Government: Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000 – LAN 849 in PG 273 of 16 August 2021 – Emfuleni Local Municipality – Approved Policy on Access to Free Basic Services [2021/2022] with effect from 1 July 2021




Siemens (Pty) Ltd v Eskom Holdings (SOC) Ltd and Another (29841/2019) [2021] ZAGPJHC 128 (16 August 2021)
“1 The applicant (“Siemens”) competed, unsuccessfully, for a 36-month contract to perform control and instrumentation maintenance (‘the work’) at Camden Power Station in Mpumalanga. The work was put out to tender by the first respondent (‘Eskom’). In the end, Eskom chose to award the work to the second respondent (‘Senta Square’).
2 The issue in this application is whether Eskom did so pursuant to a lawful tender process. That tender process commenced on 18 September 2018, when Eskom issued an invitation to tender to undertake the work for the 36 months between 1 March 2019 and 28 February 2022. At that time, Siemens had been carrying the work out on Eskom’s behalf for at least 12 years, having itself successfully tendered for the work on four previous occasions.”



Kidd M “Southern Africa” (chapter 20) in Delapenna JW (ed) Water Law (Edward Elgar Elgar Encyclopedia of Environmental Law series 2021) 270-281

Masekesa LK “The Potential of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the Pursuit of Sustainable Development Goal 11 in Zimbabwe” 2021 PER/PELJ DOI: https://doi.org/10.17159/1727-3781/2021/v24i0a9093


Young PJ, Harper AB, Huntingford C et al. “The Montreal Protocol protects the terrestrial carbon sink.” 2021 596 Nature 384–388 https://doi.org/10.1038/s41586-021-03737-3

News, Blogs, Discussions, Websites, Videos, ETC

South Africa

Biodiversity, Protected Areas, Culture

Daily Maverick: Bloom K “Conservationist Fred Daniel vs Deputy President Mabuza: A secret history of the state’s ‘Stalingrad defence’” 19 August 2021

Daily Maverick: Sgqolana T “Southern Ocean seal species increasingly straying into South African waters” 20 August 2021

TimesLive: Nombembe P “Cape fur seals bear the brunt of plastic pollution, new research shows”

TimesLive: Nombembe P “Illegal abalone dealer jailed and declared an undesirable person” 21 August 2021

The Independent: Makoni A “Life as a vet helping reconstruct the faces of poached rhinos” 6 July 2021

The Conversation: Challis S et al “South Africa’s bandit slaves and the rock art of resistance” 20 August 2021

The Conversation: Guignard Q “Why I’m testing what invasive insects can see and the smells they like” 18 August 2021

SANews: “Collaborative conservation continues between SA, Mozambique” 19 August 2021

DFFE: “Joint operation nets illegal wildlife trader” 14 August 2021

Climate Change and Energy

Engineering News: Creamer T “Gauteng ‘day-zero drought’ is South Africa’s biggest near-term climate risk, IPCC scientist warns” 19 August 2021

Webber Wentzel: Van der Poel J, Felekis A and Kota M “New law facilitates large-scale private power generation in South Africa” 17 August 2021

Daily Maverick: Stoddard E “Does the latest UN climate report ring the death knell for fossil fuels?” 17 August 2021

Daily Maverick: Stoddard E “Let the sunshine in: Eskom’s De Ruyter paints a greener future for Africa’s top greenhouse gas emitter” 17 August 2021

Daily Maverick: Evans J “The making of the first SA Youth Climate Action Plan” 20 August 2021

Daily Maverick: “On unbundling: Don’t privatise the energy transition” 19 August 2021

IOL: Ginindza B “‘Transition to renewables faster or pay the price’” 20 August20

IOL: Dludla S “SA has to pivot to green energy to be competitive in exports, says Eskom’s De Ruyter” 18 August 2021

Bizcommunity: Van der Poel J, Felekis A and Kota M “Questions still circuiting the exemption for large-scale private power generation” 18 August 2021

Bizcommunity: Tamvakis M “The coal price has skyrocketed in 2021 – what does it mean for net zero?” 17 August 2021

allAfrica: Van Diemen E “South Africa: Unproven Technologies, Unknown Risks – Top SA Climate Scientists Sceptical Humanity Can ‘Geoengineer’ Its Way Out of Climate Crisis” 18 August 2021

allAfrica: “South Africa: Media Statement – Committee On Environment Expresses Concern Over Effectiveness of Carbon Tax On Greenhouse Emitters” 19 August 2021

Mining Weekly: Creamer T “Ability to sell electricity to multiple customers made explicit in updated 100-MW reform amendment” 20 August 2021

Mining Weekly: Creamer T “DMRE confirms 102 solar and wind bids as renewables procurement resumes” 20 August 2021

Engineering News: Venter I “Metair sees potential in aftermarket, auxiliary batteries as EV revolution looms” 20 August 2021

Engineering News: Slater D “Outa notes with concern Nersa subcommittee’s recommendation to approve new nuclear capacity” 20 August 2021

Energy: US company to help in R20bn Koeberg extension plans
“US company Jacobs has been appointed to carry out essential engineering modifications as part of a R20bn contract to extend the operational life of SA’s only nuclear power plant, Koeberg, by about 20 years. A Mail & Guardian Online report notes that the two-reactor plant, near Cape Town, generates 5% of the country’s electricity, and is operated by Eskom. The international technical professional services company said the project was part of the preparation for the installation of six replacement steam generators, each weighing about 380 tons and about 20m long. ‘This project is vital to maintain the pivotal role of nuclear power in South Africa’s energy mix,’ said Karen Wiemelt, the firm’s energy security and technology senior vice-president. She said to date, this was the largest single contract for the company’s nuclear team in SA, ‘which has successfully completed numerous engineering, procurement and construction projects to support operations at Koeberg over the past 30 years’. Jacobs will be responsible for construction management related to modifications to the secondary turbine system. Work on replacing the steam generators for the first of Koeberg’s two units is scheduled to begin during a planned outage in January next year, with the overall project due for completion by 2024.” Full Mail & Guardian Online report Legalbrief Environmental 17 August 2021

Energy: Athlone Power Station to be repurposed
“Cape Town is exploring the development potential of the Athlone Power Station for energy and/or industrial use. A Cape Argus report notes that Mayco member for Energy and Climate Change Phindile Maxiti said the site was considered unsuitable for mixed-use residential purposes, so the emphasis had shifted to looking at uses in line with its existing permit. An investigation by the Energy and Climate Change Directorate into the use of the site, is set to follow. The Athlone Power Station was decommissioned in 2003 as it was no longer economically viable, said Maxiti. ‘Since the decommissioning of the site in 2003, the energy landscape has changed dramatically. Global environmental concerns, prompted by a greater understanding of the harmful effects of carbon emissions that lead to climate change, precipitated an energy crisis of national importance, prompting the need for urgent reform including deregulation, and greater private sector participation,’ she said. The costs have yet to be determined.” Full Cape Argus report (subscription needed) Legalbrief 17 August 2021

Environmental enforcement

Centre for Environmental Rights: “Environmental justice groups urge NERSA to deny Karpowership licences” 19 August 2021

Local Government

Daily Maverick: Bittkau R “Water woes: We need to plan now for a secure distribution and supply future in Johannesburg” 17 August 2021

Daily Maverick: Aufrichtig J “Liesbeek Leisure Properties Trust: Misinformation about the River Club must stop” 17 August 2021

GroundUp: Sizani M “Gqeberha shack dwellers block road, stone cars in protest over electricity and sanitation” 18 August 2021

IOL: Githahu M “As municipal audit outcomes improve, four Cape municipalities are in arrears with Eskom” 20 August 2021


Bizcommunity: “DMRE to prioritse mining’s socioeconomic components” 18 August 2021

BusinessLive: Mahlangu A “ChromeSA slams proposed export tax for ore” 19 August 2021

Mining Weekly: Creamer M “Construction of 40 MW South Deep solar plant under way – Gold Fields” 20 August 2021

Mining Weekly: “South African mines join effort to temper next coronavirus wave” 20 August 2021

Mining Weekly: Slater D “Headway made into improved representation of women in mining – Minerals Council” 19 August 2021

Centre for Environmental Rights: “New report exposes myth of clean coal” 18 August 2021

Polity: “SA: Gwede Mantashe: Address by Minister of Mineral Resources, during Marikana Memorial (17/08/2021)” 20 August 2021

Water, Waste, Oceans and Chemicals

amaBhungane: Comrie S and Van Rensburg D “Here it is: The toxic stockpile of chemicals in torched United Phosphorus Limited Durban warehouse” 17 August 2021

amaBhungane: Van Rensburg D and Comrie S “United Phosphorus Limited chemical disaster: A gaping legal loophole, or jaw-dropping negligence?” 19 August 2021

Mail & Guardian: Bega S “South Africa wastes 10 million tons of food a year” 21 August 2021

allAfrica: Harrisberg K “South Africa: Fish and Livelihoods Poisoned By South African Chemical Spill” 19 August 2021


Daily Maverick: Du Toit J “Eavesdropping on the sky: The backstory of MeerKAT and SKA” 17 August 2021

Nature Podcast: Bundell S & Thompson B “What’s the isiZulu for dinosaur? How science neglected African languages – A team is creating bespoke words for scientific terms in African languages, and the sustainability of the electric car boom” 18 August 2021

Engineering News: Arnoldi M “Minister, panel members agree that Eastern Cape holds great agriculture potential” 20 August 2021

SANews: “Coega to establish unit to drive sustainable growth” 19 August 2021


Biodiversity, Soil, Protected Areas and Culture

The Conversation: Obura D “New global biodiversity goals must take these key lessons into account” 16 August 2021

Daily Maverick: Taylor T “San lands ‘invaded’ by cattle in Namibia” 17 August 2021

Mail & Guardian: Nyirongo E “Myths shroud Mulanje mountain” 21 August 2021

Bizcommunity: “Contradictory human values complicate wildlife conservation, research shows” 20 August2021

allAfrica: “South Africa: Environment Affairs On Collaborative Conservation Continues Between South Africa and Mozambique” 19 August 2021

The Conversation: Morgadinho Farooq HO and Perrigo A “Search for elusive skinks is filling gaps in Mozambique’s biodiversity data” 15 August 2021

BBC: “Kenya holds biggest ever animal census” 22 August 2021

Climate Change and Energy

allAfrica: Kahsay D “Ethiopia: Desertification, Drought and Ethiopia’s Mitigation, Adaptation Efforts” 20 August 2021

The Guardian: McKibben B, Nabiruma D and Elmawi O “Let’s heed the UN’s dire warning and stop the east African oil pipeline now” 17 August 2021

Environmental enforcement

The Jurist: Williams K “Shell to pay $111M in damages for 1970s oil spill in Nigeria” 15 August 2021

Local government

allAfrica: “Ethiopia: Urban Forestry to Make Cities More Liveable” 19 August 2021


Natural Justice: Vermoortel M “Oil exploration in the DRC: economic boon or ecological disaster?” 19 August 2021 [Scroll down for English version]

The Guardian: Davies R “Controversy surrounds Glencore’s stake in UK battery maker Britishvolt” 17 August 2021

The Independent: Sandaval K “Outrage over rail project that has blasted chimp habitat with no protections in place for apes” 20 August 2021

Mining Weekly: “Zambian mines look to new leader to unlock $2bn investment” 20 August 2021

Mining Weekly: “Giyani discovers two new mineralised zones at Botswana project” 20 August 2021

Reuters: Parraga M et al “Emerging oil nations reject climate curbs on exploration, pursue rapid development” 19 August 2021

Reuters: “Angola mine leak causes ‘unprecedented’ pollution in Congo rivers, researchers say” 21 August 2021

Polity: “Rare Earth Elements (REE) – Value Chain Analysis for Mineral Based Industrialization in Africa” 18 August 2021

Water, oceans, waste and chemicals

allAfrica: Sauramba J “Africa: Building Water Resilience Needs a Holistic Approach” 19 August 2021

allAfrica: “Tanzania’s Mangrove Wetland At Risk” 17 August 2021

The Independent: Giordano C “Fast fashion is dying African rivers blue, report says” 18 August 2021

Engineering News: Odendaal N “Partnership launched to convene International High-Level Panel on Water Investments for Africa” 20 August 2021


The Conversation: Nyssen J et al “How Ethiopia’s conflict has affected farming in Tigray” 22 August 2021

Engineering News: Burger S “Development, governance key to resolving Mozambique insurgency” 20 August 2021


Biodiversity, Protected Areas, and Culture

Lexology: “Local Nature Recovery Strategies” [UK] 13 August 2021

Thomas Reuters Foundation: Neslen A “Mega-blazes put spotlight on Europe’s firefighting tactics” 13 August 2021

Mail & Guardian: “‘Suicidal reproducer’ survives Australia’s wildfires” 21 August 2021

The Guardian: Milhorance F “Deforestation in Brazilian Amazon hits highest annual level in a decade” 20 August 2021

The Guardian: McKie R “Ratty comes home: water voles thrive again on Hertfordshire riverbank” 22 August 2021

The Guardian: Hillsdon M “Hello hawthorn! £10m sand dunes project brings plants back to life” 21 August 2021

The Guardian: Greenfield P “Major UN biodiversity summit delayed for third time due to pandemic” 18 August 2021

The Guardian: Wahlquist C “‘So fluffy they’re like teddy bears’: thousands of native bees emerge in Western Australia” 21 August 2021

The Guardian: Yang M “First murder hornet nest of 2021 found in Washington state” 20 August 2021

The Guardian: Cannon G “One airport, 1,300 snakes: San Francisco helps to save endangered species” 19 August 2021

The Guardian: Ayyar K “Born to be wild: India’s first captive-bred endangered vultures set free’ 17 August 2021

The Independent: “Food industry must become key driver of ecosystem restoration, says new Rainforest Alliance CEO” 22 August 2021

The Independent: Sandaval K “Baby birds are leaping from nests before they can fly due to deadly heatwaves” [USA] 20 August 2021

Reuters: “Drought a ‘wake up call’ as bee colonies shrink” [USA] 19 August 2021

Reuters: “S. Korea to give animals legal status, tackling abuse” 19 August 2021

Climate Change and Energy

Nature: Castelvecchi D “Electric cars and batteries: how will the world produce enough? Reducing the use of scarce metals — and recycling them — will be key to the world’s transition to electric vehicles” 17 August 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “UNECE Recommends 6 Areas for Climate and Energy Commitments” 16 August 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “Companies and Financial Institutions Must Target 1.5-Degree Limit” 16 August 2021

Thomas Reuters Foundation: Taylor M “Three-quarters of people in G20 nations see climate, nature near tipping points” 17 August 2021

Science: Voosen P “Massive volcanoes could cool Earth more in a warming world” 19 August 2021

The Guardian: Carrington D “Rain falls on peak of Greenland ice cap for first time on record” 20 August 2021

The Guardian: “BHP to shift oil and gas assets into Woodside Petroleum as part of major overhaul” 17 August 2021

The Guardian: Juhasz A “Exxon’s oil drilling gamble off Guyana coast ‘poses major environmental risk’” 17 August 2021

The Guardian: Ambrose J “Oil firms made ‘false claims’ on blue hydrogen costs, says ex-lobby boss” 20 August 2021

The Independent: Sankaran P “Nearly half of world’s children at ‘extremely high risk’ of climate change impacts, Unicef report says” 20 August 2021

The Independent: Boyle L “Two-thirds of voters support taking $500bn in climate damages from Big Oil, poll finds” [UK] 19 August 2021

Mining Weekly: Iannucci E “CCS integral to zero emissions – Appea” [Australia] 20 August 2021

Reuters: Kelly S and Renshaw J “Exclusive EPA to urge U.S. biofuel blending mandates below 2020 levels, sources say” 20 August 2021

Euractiv: “EU solar power generation hits record high” 18 August 2021

Climate Energy Wire: Wettengel J “Germany to widely miss 2030 climate target – draft govt report” 20 August 2021

Climate Energy Wire: Amelang S “Chancellor candidate Scholz plans to write electricity expansion target into law” [Germany] 20 August 2021

Nature: “Stainforth DA “‘Polluter pays’ policy could speed up emission reductions and removal of atmospheric CO2 – To meet climate targets, technologies that remove atmospheric carbon dioxide will probably be needed. An analysis shows how their development and use could be accelerated if carbon emitters are obliged to remove their own CO2” 16 August 2021

Environmental Enforcement

The Guardian: “US judge throws out Trump-era approval for giant Alaska oil project” 19 August 2021 – also read Reuters

Euractiv: “German court to rule on Nord Stream 2 pipeline on 25 August” 20 August 2021

The Guardian: Kassam A “Spain prosecutors launch inquiry into mystery fish deaths” 18 August 2021

The Guardian: Laughland O “Multibillion-dollar Louisiana plastics plant put on pause in a win for activists” 19 August 2021

Mining Weekly: “Chile court orders BHP’s Cerro Colorado to stop pumping from aquifer” 20 August 2021

Local government

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “Any City Can Find Value in the SDGs: How-to Series Shows Ways to Get Started” 16 August 2021

Thomas Reuters Foundation: Subedi A “Nepal’s first locally made electric motorbike woos petrol purists” 17 August 2021

Thomas Reuters Foundation: Biron CL “’Runway’ to stability: U.S. urged to boost housing for homeless youth” 17 August 2021

Science: Oza A “Scientists map urban heat islands—and track how communities are affected” 17 August 2021

The Guardian: De Socio M “The US city that has raised $100m to climate-proof its buildings” 19 August 2021

The Guardian: Taylor H “English cities could be given national park status under new proposals” 21 August 2021

The Guardian: Hellman R “A midwestern town moved uphill to survive climate crisis. Can others do the same?” 21 August 2021

The Guardian: Rushe D “This town is the first in America to ban new gas stations – is the tide turning?” 17 August 2021

Sydney Morning Herald: Gorrey M “‘Devastating’: More than 500 trees being cut down for Sydney motorway project” 22 August 2021

Clean Energy Wire: Amelang S “City of Berlin agrees to cut 2030 emissions by 70 percent” 20 August 2021


Daily Maverick: “Leftist Regime and Big Mining Work on Plan to Tap Copper Riches” 17 August 2021

The Guardian: Kurmelovs R and Morton A “Victoria consents to gas production from well near Twelve Apostles” [Australia] 15 August 2021

Mining Weekly: Iannucci E “Dorado opens for public comment” [Australia] 20 August 2021

The Independent: Dunne D “UK’s first deep coal mine in 30 years faces losing financial backing after climate controversy” 21 August 2021

Sydney Morning Herald: Toscano N “Oil spill: BHP cleans up its act as climate pressure mounts” 21 August 2021

Mining Weekly: “Water scarcity is starting to bite in biggest copper supplier” [Chile] 20 August 2021

Mining Weekly: “Legal ‘noise’ adds to deepening iron-ore rout for Vale” [Brazil] 20 August 2021

Mining Weekly: Parker D “US moves to secure critical minerals for EV supply chain” 20 August 2021

BBC: Dearden C “Water pollution from metal mines will cost Wales £282m, NRW says” 21 August 2021

Water, Oceans, Waste and Chemicals

The Hill: Budryk Z “Federal government announces first-ever water shortage in Lake Mead, Colorado River” [US] 16 August 2021

Lexology: “Res Judicata No Bar To Second Suit for Remediation Costs Incurred After Filing of First Complaint” [USA] 14 August 2021

The Guardian: Meer Balock S “Protests in Pakistan erupt against China’s belt and road plan” 20 August2021

The Guardian: Kurmelovs R “Going to e-waste: Australia’s recycling failures and the challenge of solar” 21 August 2021

The Guardian: Harvey F “Global water crisis will intensify with climate breakdown, says report” 17 August 2021

The Independent: “EPA reverses Trump-era rule and bans pesticide linked to neurological damage in children” 19 August 2021

The Independent: Dalton J “Ministers set to ‘water down’ bottle deposit scheme in costly mistake, warn green experts” [UK] 20 August 2021

The Independent: Cockburn H “Landmark ban on CFCs in 1980s prevented deadly ‘scorched Earth’ scenario, research reveals” 19 August 2021

The Independent: Sandaval K “Satellite reveals before-and-after images of historic megadrought on Colorado River” 18 August 2021

BBC: Flint R and Evans C “Burry Port: Fear for children after asbestos found on beach” 21 August 2021

Reuters: Kang J “Brazil’s Munduruku tribe haunted by mercury’s deadly threat” 20 August 2021

Euractiv: Foote N “EU tightens limits on cancer-causing cadmium, lead levels in food” 19 August 2021

Clean Energy Wire: Wehrmann B “Germany agrees to repatriate remainder of highly radioactive waste treated in France” 20 August 2021

Nature: Morrison TH “Great Barrier Reef: accept ‘in danger’ status, there’s more to gain than lose – The Australian government must embrace UNESCO’s assessment to marshal the resources needed to protect the unique coral ecosystem” 18 August 2021


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

Nature: Maxmen A “Has COVID taught us anything about pandemic preparedness? Researchers warn that plans to prevent the next global outbreak don’t consider the failures that have fuelled our current predicament” 13 August 2021

The Independent: Flynn S “Why is Haiti so prone to natural disasters?” 21 August 2021

Conferences, Workshops, Study Opportunities


ELA Mpumalanga Branch Webinar with Lyndon de Meillon, MSc: The Amazing Alluvial Diamond Deposits of South Africa
Date: 9 September 2021
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm (online)
Registration and more information on the ELA Website

The Western Cape Branch of IAIAsa online branch event: Protection of Personal Information Act: How will POPIA impact EIA’s
Speakers and Panel: Advocate Charmaine Maré (DEA&DP); Mare-Liez Oosthuizen (DEA&DP); Eldon van Boom (DEA&DP); Danie Swanepoel (DEA&DP); Gerhard Gerber (DEA&DP)
Date: 24 August 2021
Time: 12h00 to 14h00
Platform: Join the Zoom event using this link.
Registration closes 17h00 on Monday, 23 August 2021.
Places are limited. We therefore respectfully request that if you register and cannot attend you cancel your registration on by 17h00 on 23 August 2021, failing which a no-show fee will be applicable.

Environmental Law Association Student and Annual Conferences: Celebrating 25 Years of the 1996 South African Environmental Right
Annual Conference: 15-18 September 2021 (online)
Student Conference: 13-14 September 2021 (online)
Spread over a few days to avoid screen fatigue
Draft Programme will be available on the ELA Website

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

  • 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

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


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.

2023 Colloquium, the University of East Finland (UEF) and UNEP webinar series as part of the 17th UEF-UNEP Course on Multilateral Environmental Agreements
The programme is here.
UEF is also still welcome qualified applicants for the Course (which, in addition to the webinar series, will include lectures and exercises on building MEA negotiation skills and a negotiation simulation exercise) – application here

Normandie Chair for Peace, International Council of Environmental Law and World Commission on Environmental Law Peace with Nature: Laws for Ecological Resilience
Dates: 2-3 September 2021
Place: Mucem, Marseille, France
More information
The symposium is free to attend, but you must register. See here

Vacancies, Bursaries, Funding, Opportunities, etc.


University of Pretoria: Vacancy: Director, Centre for Human Rights
The University of Pretoria invites applications for the following vacancy at the Centre for Human Rights (an academic department and a non-governmental organisation at the University): Professor / Associate Professor and Director: Centre for Human Rights (One Post – Job ID 24274).
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Vacancy: Part-Time Advocacy Officer, Birdlife South Africa
BirdLife South Africa is looking for a qualified, dedicated and dynamic person to fill the position of part-time Advocacy Officer. The ideal candidate would have a strong understanding of South African environmental law and policy, have experience in reviewing and commenting on environmental authorisation applications, and be a strategic and proactive individual with a passion for conservation.
The successful applicant will be required to commit 16 hours per week to the work of BirdLife South Africa’s Policy and Advocacy Programme and will be responsible for coordinating this Programme’s responses to development applications and authorisations which threaten priority species and habitats, contributing to its efforts to influence relevant legislative and policy processes and develop various guidance documents, and providing cross-cutting policy and advocacy support to other programmes in BirdLife South Africa’s Conservation Division.
The closing date to submit applications is 17 September 2021.
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University of the Free State: Associate Professor/ Professor (any field of law)
Closing date: 30 August 2021
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Medtronic Legal Counsel, Southern Africa
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HSRC: Human Sciences Research Council DSI-HSRC Internship Programme 2021/23
Closing date: 5 September 2021
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South African Government Department of Labour Inspectors: IES Internship East London, Eastern Cape
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South African Government Department of Labour Team Leader: IES Internship Eastern Cape
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HunterGatherer consulting: Legal Secretary/Paralegal
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Dante Personnel: Administrator (Legal)
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Barloworld Corporate Office Sandton Ethics & Compliance Intern (1 year)
Closing date: 24 August 2021
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Are you a young new green entrepreneur?
Are you a new entrepreneur with a registered business which has been operational for less than 42 months? Then this is your chance to get access to high quality technical assistance and business management operations training!  Apply at: https://bit.ly/3CCWAuF

DBSA: Imbedded Generation Investment Programme
Closing date: 30 September 2021
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Alan R. and Barbara D. Finberg Fellowship at Human Rights Watch Multiple Locations Considered
Closing date: 8 October 2021
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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Law York University Law School, Canada

PhD Scholarship in International Law and Military Operations
University of Copenhagen Faculty of Law

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

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

Assistant Professor of Law
Singapore Management University Yong Pung How School of Law

Senior Lecturer in Sociology of Law
Lund University

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

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

Lecturer in Law
Queen Mary University of London School of Law

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

Program Director – Population and Just Societies Program
IIASA Australia


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