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14 November 2021



Draft National Veld and Forest Fire Amendment Bill – GN 1489 in GG 45449 of 9 November 2021 – intention to introduce and explanatory summary

Draft Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill, 2021 – GN 1488 in GG 45437 of 8 November 2021 – intention to introduce and explanatory summary

Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill, 2021 [B18-2021]

Division of Revenue Amendment Bill, 2021 [B19-2021]

Adjustments Appropriation Bill, 2021 [B20-2021]

Rates and Monetary Amounts and Amendment of Revenue Laws Bill, 2021 [B21-2021]

Taxation Laws Amendment Bill, 2021 [B22-2021]

Tax Administration Laws Amendment Bill, 2021 [B23-2021


Independent Communications Authority of South Africa Act 13 of 2000 – Gen Notice 661 in GG 45458 of 11 November 2021 – Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA): The ICT COVID–19 National State of Disaster Regulations, 2021


National Forests Act 84 of 1998 – GN 1487 in GG 45435 of 8 November 2021 – Proposed amendments to the list of protected tree species published in GN 155 in GG 44204 of 1 March 2021 – for comment

National Environmental Management: Air Quality Act 39 of 2004 – GN 1496 in GG 45452 of 12 November 2021 – Technical guidelines for the validation and verification of greenhouse gas emissions

Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014 – Gen Notices 655 & 659 in GG 45452 of 12 November 2021 – South African Legal Practice Council – Code of Conduct amended

Legal Practice Act 28 of 2014 – Gen Notice 656-658 in GG 45452 of 12 November 2021 – Rules of the Council published in terms of ss. 95 (1), 95 (3) and 109 (2) amended

Commissions Act 8 of 1947 – Proc 40 in GG 45448 of 9 November 2021 – Terms of reference of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into allegations of state capture, corruption and fraud in the Public Sector including Organs of State amended

Veterinary And Para-Veterinary Professions Act 19 of 1982 – Gen Notice 652 in GG 45436 of 8 November 2021 – Veterinary and para-veterinary professions regulations published under GN R2085 in GG 8402 of 1 October 1982 amended

Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 130 of 1993C – GN 1494 in GG 45452 of 12 November 2021 – Increase in monthly pensions published with effect from 1 April 2021

Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases Act 130 of 1993 – GN 1494 in GG 45452 of 12 November 2021 – Schedule 4 amended with effect from 1 April 2021

National Small Business Amendment Act 29 of 2004 – GN 1500 in GG 45478 of 12 November 2021 – Notice of intention to merge the Small Enterprise Finance Agency and the Small Enterprise Development Agency into a new single Agency



Gauteng Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act 16 of 2013 – LAN 1501 in PG 390 of 10 November 2021 – West Rand District Municipality – Establishment of the Municipal Planning Tribunal between the West Rand District, Merafong City, Mogale City and Rand West City Local Municipalities

Gauteng Rationalisation of Local Government Affairs Act 10 of 1998 and Local Government: Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000 – LAN 1502 in PG 390 of 10 November 2021 – City of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality – Intention to pass the Draft Health & Social Development Department: Air Quality Management By-laws – for comment

Gauteng Rationalisation of Local Government Affairs Act 10 of 1998 and Local Government: Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000 – LAN 1503 in PG 390 of 10 November 2021 – City of Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality – Intention to pass the Draft Health & Social Development Department: Draft By-laws relating to Dogs – for comment

Western Cape

Nature and Environmental Conservation Ordinance 19 of 1974 – PN 141 in PG 8518 of 12 November 2021 – Hunting seasons, daily bag limits and hunting by the use of prohibited hunting methods, 2022

Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act 16 of 2013 – LAN 21717 in PG 8518 of 12 November 2021 – Saldanha Bay Local Municipality – Integrated Zoning Scheme By-law

Local Government: Municipal Systems Act 32 of 2000 – LAN 21728 in PG 8518 of 12 November 2021 – Breede Valley Local Municipality – Intention to adopt the proposed Informal Trading By-law

Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act 16 of 2013 – LAN 21718 in PG 8519 of 12 November 2021 – Saldanha Bay Local Municipality – Integrated Zoning Scheme By-law

North West

Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act 16 of 2013 – LAN 139 in PG 8287 of 9 November 2021 – Ditsobotla Local Municipality – Appointment of members to serve on the Municipal Planning Tribunal


Spatial Planning and Land Use Management Act 16 of 2013 – Gen Notice 109 in PG 3211 of 5 November 2021 – Modimolle-Mookgophong – Final Municipal Spatial Development Framework (SDF)




Lotter N O and Others v Minister of Water and Sanitation and Others (725/2020) [2021] ZASCA 159 (8 November 2021)
Summary: “National Water Act 36 of 1998– interpretation of s 25 thereof – whether s 25 permits transfers of water use entitlements, with the approval of the regulatory authority, from the holder thereof to a third party – such transfers contemplated by s 25 – trading in water use entitlements – such not prohibited in the Act, and therefore, not unlawful.”



Hoexter C and Penfold G Administrative Law in South Africa 3rd ed (Juta Cape Town 2021)

Corruption Watch “The Whistleblowers Handbook” (2015) [Legalbrief Forensic 11 November 2021]

Fourie E “Social Protection Instruments and Women Workers in the Informal Economy: A Southern African Perspective” 2021 24 PER/PELJ DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/1727-3781/2021/v24i0a8890

Wickens D “Deterministic Application of Process-centric Law to the System-centric Requirements of Procurement Procedures” 2021 24 PER/PELJ -DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/1727-3781/2021/v24i0a4549

Kotzé T and Boggenpoel Z “Living Together as Neighbours: Rethinking the Reasonableness Standard in Nuisance Law Under the Constitution” 2021 24 PER/PELJ DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/1727-3781/2021/v24i0a11169

Masekesa LK “The Potential of Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) in the Pursuit of Sustainable Development Goal 11 in Zimbabwe” 2021 24 PER/PELJ DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/1727-3781/2021/v24i0a9093

Qumbu B “The Role of the Courts in Advancing Water Security in South Africa” 2021 24 Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal https://doi.org/10.17159/1727-3781/2021/v24i0a9004

Steenkamp RM “Municipal Instruments in Law for Cultural Heritage Protection: A Case Study of the City of Cape Town Metropolitan Municipality” 2021 24 PER/PELJ DOI  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/1727-3781/2021/v24i0a6435


International Council on Human Rights “Climate Change and Human Rights A Rough Guide” (Policy series November 2021)

ARUP “COP26 Carbon Management Plan: Executive Summary” (Report released at UNFCCC COP 26 November 2021)

Romain Chuffart, Andreas Raspotnik & Adam Stępień (2021) Our common arctic? A more sustainable EU-arctic nexus in light of the European green deal, The Polar Journal, DOI: 10.1080/2154896X.2021.1978757

Lazare Nzeyimana, Åsa Danielsson, Lotta Andersson & Veronica Brodén Gyberg (2021) Success and failure factors for increasing Sub-Saharan African smallholders’ resilience to drought through water management, International Journal of Water Resources Development, DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2021.1991285

Rulli Pratiwi Setiawan, Gita Ghimire & Shinji Kaneko (2021) The effect of information on preferences for improved household water supply in Indonesia and Nepal, International Journal of Water Resources Development, DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2021.1991287

Lubna Meempatta, J. Angus Webb, Louise A. Keogh, Avril C. Horne & Michael J. Stewardson (2021) Exploring the role and decision-making behavior of irrigation water supply authorities in Australia, International Journal of Water Resources Development, DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2021.1982680

Serey Sok, Fenglong Wang & Nyda Chhinh (2021) Political participation and small-scale fishery management in the Tonlé Sap, Cambodia, International Journal of Water Resources Development, DOI: 10.1080/07900627.2021.1987201

Journal of Human Rights and the Environment [Articles available online for duration of COP26]

News, Blogs, Discussions, Websites, Videos, ETC

South Africa

Biodiversity, Protected Areas, Culture

Daily Maverick: Stoddard E “This week we’re listening to: A riveting and disturbing foray into South Africa’s rhino-poaching crisis” 11 November 2021

Daily Maverick: SgQolana T “Deadly disease wreaks havoc in endangered Cape cormorant population” 9 November 2021

Daily Maverick: Sgqolana T “Surprise US-China climate deal breaks through superpower standoff” 11 November 2021

Biznews: Neves J “Moving rhinos from SA to Australia as an insurance policy – a tale of obstacles” 12 November 2021

The Conversation: Sheun J et al “Vulnerable lizard species gets hot and bothered in rising temperatures” 12 November 2021

Climate Change and Energy

The Conversation: Kruger W “Myths and truths around South Africa’s recent renewable energy auction” 10 November 2021

TimesLive: Masweneng K “Two Eskom employees accused of theft of R100m worth of fuel oil per month released on R5,000 bail” 5 November 2021 [Legalbrief Forensic 11 November 2021]

Lexology Covington & Burling LLP: Fontana L, Khumalo M and Dladla Y “In review: renewable energy policy and regulation in South Africa” 11 August 2021

The Citizen: “Mantashe says he’s ready to go to court to build more coal plants” 9 November 2021

IOL: Dludla S “Energy Minister Gwede Mantashe pushes back against the complete exclusion of coal in SA’s energy mix” 10 November 2021

IOL: Jacobs Y “Here’s what happens if the world warms more than 1.5ºC and why you should care” 14 November 2021

IOL: Lehohla P “Mystique of SA’s just energy transition is the final nail in the coffin for coal-powered Eskom” 11 November 2021

IOL: Diphoko W “Citizens across the world are using technology and alternative energy to overcome power challenges” 14 November 2021

IOL: Mtembu X “Ifnasa dismisses SA’s energy partnership at COP26 citing exploitation of natural resources” 13 November 2021

IOL: Larkin P “Green deal could snowball to further financing deals – RMB” 10 November 2021

Bizcommunity: “Shoprite doubles solar capacity, striding towards renewable energy goals” 10 November 2021

allAfrica: Van Wyk A “South Africa: No Time for Fossil Fools, Say Activists on South Africa’s Push for Coal Power #AfricaClimateCrisis” 11 November 2021

The Conversation: Tyler E “Climate finance for a transition away from coal: a chance to change history in South Africa” 12 November 2021

The Conversation: Barnard P “Six areas where action must focus to rescue this planet” 12 November 2021

DFFE: “Statement by H.E. Ms Barbara Creecy, Minister Of Forestry, Fisheries And The Environment Of South Africa, during the informal stocktaking joint plenary by COP26 President In Glasgow, United Kingdom” 12 November 2021

DFFE: “BASIC Ministerial Joint Statement at the UNFCCC’s Glasgow Climate Change Conference (COP26/CMP16/CMA3)” 10 November 2021

DFFE: “Statement by Minister Creecy, high-level segment of the UN climate change conference (COP26/CMP16/CMA3), Glasgow, United Kingdom” 9 November 2021

Environmental enforcement

Daily Maverick: Van Diemen E “Environmental activism is an increasingly deadly vocation, study shows” 10 November 2021

Bizcommunity: Kennedy M, Rapson G and Serongoane T “ESG-related litigation looms for mining, oil, and gas companies” 9 November 2021

Local Government

EWN: Mabaso N “Smart cities in KZN and EC will end apartheid’s legacy: Cyril Ramaphosa” 12 November 2021

The South African: Comins L “eThekwini Municipality monitors beaches after new sewage spill” 9 November 2021

amaBhungane: Comrie S “The 280m Johburg ‘crime scene’ (part one)” 9 November 2021

amaBhungane: Comrie S “The 280m Johburg ‘crime scene’: Strategic friends (part two)” 10 November 2021

amaBhungane: Comrie S “The 280m Johburg ‘crime scene’: How CoJ kept Kgoro in business (part 3)” 11 November 2021

Bizcommunity: Novy J “We can’t afford to just build greener. We must build less” 11 November 2021

Bizcommunity: Rapson G and Mostert L “Private sector involvement is key for sustainable cities and towns” 11 November 2021

Bizcommunity: “Record 140 commercial buildings certified over past year – GBCSA” 9 November 2021

SANews: “Govt sets task of building efficient local government” 11 November 2021

Polity: “Framework for strengthening health emergency preparedness in cities and urban settings” 12 November 2021


Lexology ENS: “Mining industry committed to transformation” 9 November 2021

TimesLive: Govender S “Shell’s seismic blasting plan along Wild Coast under fire” 11 November 2021

Daily Maverick: Stoddard E “Procurement mafia targets Gold Fields’s new solar power station project” 7 November 2021 [Legalbrief Forensic 11 November 2021]

News24: Seleka N “Lily Mine inquest: ‘Illegal mining activities were part of our lives,’ ex-shift boss testifies” 8 November 2021

Mining Weekly: “Lily Mine inquest: We were confident activities would not have caused mine collapse – geologist” 12 November 2021

News24: Montsho M “Alleged ’zama zamas’ abandon their bail bid in North West” 8 November 2021

Daily Maverick: Sgqolana T “Activists petition to stop Shell’s planned seismic survey in seas off Eastern Cape” 10 November 2021

DispatchLive: “Big Oil Under Fire | Activists speak out against seismic Shell’s Wild Coast survey” 11 November 2021

Mining Weekly: Creamer M “Mineral exploration should be incentivised, says IDC’s Thabiso Sekano” 12 November 2021

Mining Weekly: Slater D “Miners urged to look beyond only carbon offsetting measures in net-zero journey” 12 November 2021

Water, Waste, Oceans and Chemicals

Webber Wentzel: Rapson G, Bonga T and Ghillino D “Supreme Court of Appeal clarifies position on trading of water use entitlements” 12 November 2021

Daily Maverick: Adam F “Human right reality check: South Africa’s water resources must be democratised” 11 November 2021

Bizcommunity: “New data shows how badly polluted Cape Town’s vleis are” 9 November 2021


Lexology ENS: Brand J, Davies C and Smith D “Sustainability Collaboration: Competition Law Considerations” 9 November 2021

Daily Maverick: Bell T “Make way for robots in the sky: How drones are transforming farming in South Africa” 9 November 2021

IOL: West E “Private sector invited to participate in 55 more infrastructure projects recently announced by government” 12 November 2021

Bizcommunity: Symons K “Green-tech and 4IR: Supporting a sustainable future” 12 November 2021

Bizcommunity: Du Plessis A “Food justice must be realised for people to be truly free” 11 November 2021

Engineering News: Ramdass N “National Infrastructure Plan offers blueprint, but capacity concerns weigh” 12 November 2021

Engineering News: “Rural development can be sustainable” 12 November 2021

SANews: “President commits to clear bureaucratic red tape” 12 November 2021


Biodiversity, Soil, Protected Areas and Culture

Science: Koreni AK “Scientists determine the age of one of Africa’s most famous trees – Previous attempts to date Zimbabwe’s monumental baobab were guesstimates” 12 November 2021

allAfrica: “Ethiopia: Save the Sidamo or Liben Lark Before It Is Too Late” 14 November 2021

allAfrica: Fernández Monge E and Sumaila UR “For Local Fishers to Compete, African Leaders Must Urge WTO Members to End Harmful Subsidies” 12 November 2021

The Jurist: Yahng Lan “Benin finalizes return of 26 stolen cultural artifacts from France” 10 November 2021

Climate Change and Energy

Lexology: “Renewable energy in Africa: Update in the era of climate change” 9 November 2021

Lexology: “Africa Focus: Autumn 2021” 9 November 2021

Extractives Baraza: “Africa: Dr. Amin Adam Calls For A Global Compact on Energy Transition – AEW” 9 November 2021

Daily Maverick: Stoddard E “Gwede Mantashe calls for a unified African fossil fuel front while rich world ‘encircles’ continent” 9 November 2021

Daily Maverick: Eyita-Okon E and Monyae D “Green ‘development’ for Africa must be based on equal partnerships and not just another debt trap” 8 November 2021

allAfrica: Rowling M “Africa: Climate ‘Loss and Damage’ Earns Recognition but Little Action in COP26 Deal” 13 November 2021

allAfrica: “Africa: Climate Action Can Deliver a Sustainable Future for All – UN Deputy Chief” 13 November 2021

allAfrica: Rowling M and Goering L “Africa: Rights Groups Warn Paris Pact Rules On Carbon Markets Leave Indigenous People Exposed’ 12 November 2021

allAfrica: Nkurunziz D “Rwanda Joins Global Pledge to End Sale of Polluting Vehicles By 2040” 11 November 2021


Lexology: “At a glance: mining duties, royalties and taxes in Mozambique” 27 May 2021

Extractives Baraza: “Africa: The World Needs to Quit Oil and Gas. Africa Has an Idea: Rich Countries First” 10 November 2021

Extractives Baraza: “DRC: ‘Like Slave and Master’: DRC Miners Toil for 30p an Hour to Fuel Electric Cars” 9 November 2021

Extractives Baraza: “Nigeria: More than a Dozen Killed in Niger Gold Mine Collapse” 9 November 2021

Bizcommunity: Roelf W “Namibia to licence production near Okavango Delta if Canadian firm finds oil” 10 November 2021

Water, oceans, waste and chemicals

Mail & Guardian: “Towards an international high-level panel for climate resilient water investments in Africa” 12 November 2021

allAfrica: Minja D “Tanzania: ‘Blue Economy Needs Push to Fight Poverty’” 14 November 2021

allAfrica: Ogunlade A “Nigeria: 100% Recycling: Proudly Nigerian Achievement” 14 November 2021

allAfrica: “Seychelles: Data On Seychelles’ Seagrass, a Vital Carbon Sink, Is Shared At Climate Conference” 14 November 2021

allAfrica: “Africa: Why Are Coral Reefs Dying?” 11 November 2021


Lexology: “US government agencies focus on Africa” 9 November 2021

IISD ENB COP26: “Voices from the Field: Participatory Approaches of Climate Smart Agriculture Practices, Farmer Field Schools and Indigenous Chakra System” 12 November 2021

Mail & Guardian: The Green Future – featuring Olivia Rumble, Centre for Environmental Rights, Tracy Field and others, as well as brief articles on a range of topics

Daily Maverick: Cooper D “Angola on the brink of famine, threatening the lives of millions” 13 November 2021

The Conversation: Lesutis G “Kenya’s mega-railway project leaves society more unequal than before” 8 November 2021

The Conversation: Mohiddin A et al “Extreme heat hurts human health. Its effects must be mitigated – urgently” 10 November 2021


Biodiversity, Protected Areas, and Culture

Science: Segall PG “Beech leaf disease is ravaging North American trees – Two new studies gauge impact and cause of forest blight” 10 November 2021

IISD ENB COP26: “14th Focal Point Forum of the Nairobi Work Programme on Biodiversity and Climate Change Adaptation” 3 November 2021

Lexology: “Conservation Group Sues USFWS over Protections for Two California Fish Species” 9 November 2021

Lexology: “Environmental and wildlife crime – the connection with armed conflict, organised crime and terrorist groups” 9 November 2021

Lexology: “What role can peatlands play in ensuring the importance of nature and sustainable land use?” 5 November 2021

The Guardian: “Three snow leopards die of Covid-19 at children’s zoo in Nebraska” 14 November 2021

Climate Change and Energy

Lexology: “COP26: From the Blue Zone – Ensuring a Just Transition to Clean Energy” 9 November 2021

Lexology: “Greta Thunberg and children from around the world petition the UN Secretary-General to declare a climate emergency at the UN” 10 November 2021

Lexology: “COP26 Briefing | Spotlight on climate change legislation and litigation during COP26” 10 November 2021

Lexology: “Global Sustainability Disclosure Standards: the Creation of the International Sustainability Standards Board at COP26” [Canada] 10 November 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “US-China Declaration, Elimination of Oil and Gas Highlighted at COP 26” 11 November 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “Ministers Adopt Strategy to Reduce Short-Lived Climate Pollutants by 2030” 11 November 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “Finance on the Glasgow Agenda at Opening of Second Week” 11 November 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “UN Climate Change Conference Focuses on Finance, Transparency, Article 6 in Week 1” 9 November 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “Glasgow Side Events Advocate Oneness with Nature” 8 November 2021

IISD ENB: COP26 Highlight 12 November 2021: The EU Green Deal: From Local to Global

Lexology: “COP26: Experts identify technology as playing a key role in addressing climate change” 10 November 2021

IISD ENB COP26: “Climate and Clean Air Ministerial’ 9 November 2021

Carbon Pulse: “COP26: Seeking Article 6 breakthrough, governments consider leaving emissions beyond pledges to the voluntary market” 10 November 2021

Carbon Pulse: “COP26: Glasgow faces credibility gap with climate efforts falling short, report warns” 9 November 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “UN Climate Change Conference Focuses on Finance, Transparency, Article 6 in Week 1” 9 November 2021

Daily Maverick:  Ngcuka O “SA will not sign COP26 parallel pledge to move away from coal, says Environment Minister Creecy” 9 November 2021

Daily Maverick: Evans J “‘Alternative COP26’ highlights ‘failures and broken promises’ of the negotiations in Glasgow” 11 November 2021

The Jurist: Sahay A “UN draft resolution calls on countries to phase out coal and subsidies for fossil fuels” 12 November 2021

The Guardian: Ellis-Petersen H “India criticised over coal at Cop26 – but real villain was climate injustice” 14 November 2021

The Guardian: “Cop26 ends with Glasgow climate pact – in pictures” 14 November 2021

The Guardian: McKie R “There has been progress at Cop26, but the planet’s fate is still in the balance” 14 November 2021

The Guardian: Murray J “‘It’s been a rollercoaster’: Glasgow reflects on Cop26 fortnight of change” 14 November 2021

The Guardian: Harvey F and Carrington D “Glasgow climate pact: leaders welcome Cop26 deal despite coal compromise” 14 November 2021

The Independent: Boyle L “Cop26: Nations announce landmark Glasgow climate pact after last-minute weakening on coal” 14 November 2021

Sydney Morning Herald: O’Malley N and Shields B “The Glasgow summit’s final agreement: what you need to know” 14 November 2021

BBC: Briggs H “COP26: How might decisions at the climate summit change our lives?” 13 November 2021

BBC: Abnett K and Volcovici V “Analysis: Was Glasgow pact a win for climate? Time will tell” 14 November 2021


Lexology: “Environmental Labels, Greenwashing, and Ecocide Tackled by France’s New Climate Law” 9 November 2021

Lexology: “Ports and the rise of hydrogen: Challenges and opportunities for Australia” 10 November 2021

Carbon Pulse: “COP26: Brazil seen likely to compromise on Article 6 emissions trade accounting” 11 November 2021

Bloomberg: Ainger J and Krukowska E “EU’s Climate Chief Signals Natural Gas Will Be Included in Green Transition” 11 November 2021

Carbon Pulse: “Australian project developers team up to take advantage of new offset method” 12 November 2021

Accellerate: Collins L “Oil and power giants launch new global initiative to accelerate replacement of grey hydrogen” 10 November 2021

The Globe and Mail: Walsh M “Nearly two-thirds of Canadians support oil and gas emissions cap, even if it puts jobs at risk: poll” 12 November 2021

The Globe and Mail: Hunter J “B.C. plans to expand reforestation program to include carbon credits” [Canada] 12 November 2021

Recharge: Collins L “Scotland unveils $155m action plan to become Europe’s lowest-cost clean hydrogen producer” 10 November 2021

Lexology: “PHMSA Finalizes Rule Expanding Regulation of Gas Gathering” 9 November 2021

Argus: “Canada delays completion of clean fuel standard” 10 November 2021

New Jersey Business: “Murphy EO Targets Aggressive Emissions Goal” 10 November 2021

The Guardian: Karp P “Low emissions technology to receive $500m boost, including carbon capture and storage” 9 November 2021

Lexology: “Why planning is essential to sparking the EV revolution” 8 November 2021

Lexology: “Proposal for offshore renewable energy legislation in Australia” 8 November 2021

Extractives Baraza: “World on Track for 2.4C of Global Warming after Latest Pledges – Analysts” 10 November 2021

Oxfam Policy and Practice: “Carbon inequality in 2030: Per capita consumption emissions and the 1.5⁰C goal” 5 November 2021

Clean Energy Wire: Meza E “German energy consumption up 3 percent in 2021 as renewables share declines” 8 November 2021

Renew Economy: Hill JS “Newcastle may get 40MW green hydrogen electrolyser in Macquarie-backed study” 8 November 2021

The Guardian: Henley J “Few willing to change lifestyle to save the planet, climate survey finds” 7 November 2021

HuffPost: “Oklahoma Proposes Letting Gas Utility Charge A $1,400 ‘Exit Fee’ To Go Electric”

Biznews: Neves J “Electric trucks are coming: batteries vs hydrogen fuel cells – with insight from The Wall Street Journal” 11 November 2021

Engineering News: Creamer T “CSIR says fall in renewables tariffs points to need for higher deployments” 12 November 2021

Environmental Enforcement

The Washington Examiner: Davis B  “Inslee’s office makes unusual public records request for lawmakers’ emails” [USA] 11 November 2021

Lexology: “Reeves County District Court Rules in Favor of Oil & Gas Operator in Produced Water Dispute” 8 November 2021

Lexology: “Federal Court Dismisses States’ Challenge to President Biden’s Executive Order 13990 on the Social Cost of Greenhouse Gases” 9 November 2021

United States Department of Justice: “Justice Department Announces Environmental Justice Investigation into Alabama Department of Public Health and Lowndes County Health Department” 9 November 2021

Lexology: “Climate Litigation in Brazil: New Developments in Seeking Government Action Towards More Ambitious Legislation” 8 November 2021

Biznews: Neves J “Greenpeace Germany sues Volkswagen over emissions targets” 11 November 2021

Local government

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “Local, Regional Leaders Highlighted at Pavilion on Multilevel Action” 8 November 2021

IISD ENB COP26: “Game On: City Ambitions Towards Future-Proof and Equitable Mobility Systems” 10 November 2021


IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “Mining Sector Working to Craft Responsible Future” 11 November 2021

Lexology: “The mining and the metal industries are performing at a level not seen in recent years” [United Kingdom] 8 November 2021

Lexology: “Notifying landholders before commencing coal seam gas drilling” [Australia] 8 November 2021

Extractive Baraza: “BHP Reaps up to $1.35bn from Australia Coal Mines in Fossil Fuels Retreat’ 10 November 2021

Extractives Baraza: “Some Oil and Gas Workers Worry About a ‘Just Transition.’ Others think it Won’t Come in Their Working Lives” 10 November 2021

Extractives Baraza: “Investors Pushed Mining Giants to Quit Coal. Now It’s Backfiring” 9 November 2021

Mining Weekly: “China to step up strategic mineral resource exploration” 12 November 2021

Mining Weekly: “Minerals Council welcomes focus on structural reforms in MTBPS” 11 November 2021

Centre for Environmental Rights: “Constitutional Court dismisses coal mining company’s bid to start mining” 11 November 2021

Euractiv: “Raising climate finance alone is not enough – it must also target disaster prevention” 12 November 2021

Water, Oceans, Waste and Chemicals

Human Rights Special Rapporteur: Comments on the Special Rapporteur on HR and Toxic Chemical’s request for comment on the right of the public to share the benefits of scientific progress and its applications.

Lexology: “Tackling the interlink between competition in the waste-management sector and the circular economy” [EU] 11 November 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “Minamata Parties Preparing First Long-Form National Reports” 11 November 2021

Lexology: “The Regulation respecting the traceability of excavated contaminated soils came into force on November 1st, 2021” [Canada] 1 November 2021

Lexology: “Waste Not, Want Not: EPA’s Impending National Recycling Strategy” 9 November 2021

Splash247.com: “Asian shipowners fire broadside at European ETS plans” 9 November 2021

Bizcommunity: “Spar applies circular approach to packaging” 12 November 2021


Lexology: “Global Bank Review: Boosting virtue, banning vice – will ESG and financial crime agendas converge?” 9 November 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “COP 26 Events Aim to Support Negotiations on Food Systems” 8 November 2021

IISD SDG Knowledge Hub: “Governments Table Procedural Resolution on ‘Our Common Agenda’” 11 November 2021

Lexology: “European Commission Issues its First—and the World’s Largest—Green Bond” 9 November 2021

Conferences, Workshops, Study Opportunities


CLES: Annual National Postgraduate Student Conference, co-hosted with the South African Local Government Association (SALGA): Law and Governance in a Pandemic Towards Safe, Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Towns and Cities
Dates: 30 Nov – 2 Dec 2021 (online)



Amnesty International Workshop Series: Climate Justice: The Biggest Human Rights Challenge of our Time?
We’re thrilled to invite you to a new Amnesty International “Climate Justice” workshop series, with one online workshop taking place approximately every two months from November 2021 to May 2022! During the series, we’ll hear from those directly impacted, including activists on the front lines, and explore topics related to climate justice and human rights. This series of free workshops is being organized by members of Amnesty’s Climate Justice and Corporate Accountability Specialized Team. All Amnesty members and supporters are welcome to attend.  Join us throughout the series as we look at why Amnesty International is involved in these issues. We’ll examine the interconnectedness of climate justice, environmental racism, and gender-based violence, discuss the impact on food and water security and the right to a clean environment, explore lessons from the pandemic in the struggle for climate justice, and more.
Our first workshop “Climate Justice & Human Rights” is this Sunday, November 14, from 4:30 pm – 6:00pm EST (1:30 pm Pacific). Register on Zoom

2021 Environmental Law Fedder Lecture by Brenda Mallory, 12th Chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ)
Date: Friday, 19 November 2021
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m
Please contact Kate Woods at with questions

Institute for Carbon Removal Law & Policy: COP26 Outcomes: Review and Analysis
Date: Tuesday, November 23, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm EST  / 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM SAST

Vacancies, Bursaries, Funding, Opportunities, etc.


Executive Placements: Academic Registrar (JB942)
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Executive Placements: Senior Lecturer – Law
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2022 Rio Tinto Bursary Opportunities – Richards Bay Minerals
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Tetra Tech: Energy System Studies Engineer
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DBSA: Sector Specialist (Energy)
Closing date: 15 November 2021
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Cape Peninsula University of Technology: Lecturer: Maritime Studies (nGap) Re-advertisement) (also Shipping Law)
Closing: 20 November 2021
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Cape Peninsula University of Technology: ECP Lecturer / Junior Lecturer: Maritime Studies (3-year contract) (also Maritime Law)
Closing date: 28 November 2021
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Executive Placements: Senior Lecturer – Law
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AGC Recruitment: Administrator/ Training Officer – Law Firm – Cape Town
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Reckitt: Ethics and Compliance Graduate
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Candidate Attorney – Nelspruit
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The Nature Conservancy: Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Scientist, Upper Okavango
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University of Pretoria: Vice Principal Academic
Closing date: 25 February 2022 at 16:00
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Giz: Technical Advisor
Closing date: 26 November 2021
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Giz: Senior Technical Advisor
Closing date:  26 November 2021
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Benguela Current Convention: Executive Secretary
Closing date: 25 November 2021
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Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Urban Planning and Design  – Monash University

Professor of Public International Law PRIORITY! – Vienna School of International Studies

Postdoctoral Fellow in Humanities and Social Sciences – University of Hong Kong Hong Kong Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences

Postdoctoral Fellowship on Innovation and Sustainability Transitions – University of Oslo Centre for Technology, Innovation and Culture Faculty of Social Sciences

PhD Fellowships in Law – University of Oslo Faculty of Law

Postdoctoral Research Position in Applied Ethics – Norwegian University of Science and Technology Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

PhD Fellowship in Human Rights – University of Oslo Norwegian Centre for Human Rights

Postdoctoral Fellow in African Politics – University of Oslo Centre for Development and the Environment

Assistant Professor in Environmental Justice – University of California Santa Barbara Department of Political Science

Assistant Professor Positions in Creating a Just Society; Equity and Belonging – New York University School of Culture, Education and Human Development

Assistant Professor in the Conservation of Cultural Heritage – University of California Los Angeles

Senior Development Officer, Government and Multilateral Agencies, Gold Standard – Geneva/Remote


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