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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Invitation to Professor Loretta Feris inaugural lecture

‘A Sense of Place: New frontiers for the law?’

The possibility of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in the Karoo has encountered fierce opposition – this due to its threats to surface aquifer contamination, the possible introduction of persistent organic pollutants and the depletion of a non-renewable energy source. The discourse around it has, however, an elevated dimension: The Karoo is infused with symbolic meaning connected to culture, identity and the environment – it evokes a ‘sense of place’. This lecture explores whether the concept of a sense of place, or place identity, can be infused with legal meaning and as such become a tool in the avoidance of undesirable development.


Invitation to Professor Alexander Paterson's inaugural lecture

‘Sitting on the fence as it gets cut from below: Co-managing conservation and land reform agendas in South Africa’s protected areas’

Conservation and land reform authorities have only relatively recently come to recognise the integral link between conservation and land reform – a link that is often fraught with conflict and frequently plays out in the context of protected areas. The stakes are high and perhaps escalating as South Africa reopens its land restitution programme, while simultaneously seeking to protect and expand its protected areas estate. In his Inaugural Lecture, Professor Alexander Paterson will critically consider whether the array of legal mechanisms recently introduced by the government provide an effective and equitable solution for traversing this often troubled divide.


IMEL Environmental Law Film Festival (2014)

Since our début Film Festival in 2012 was such a huge success and thanks to continued Faculty participation and support, we will host it for the third time. We would like to continue to make this an annual event on the Law Faculty’s calendar. Students in the Natural Resources Law and Pollution Law LLM courses will as part of their practical course work produce a short film of 7-10 minutes on a topic of their choice.


Violence against women and girls a human rights violation, says UCT academic

Described as "one of the world's top experts and combatants of violence against women", Associate Professor Manjoo was recently presented with the International Human Rights Award from the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation.


Criminology Staff Testify at the Khayelitsha Commission

The Commission of Inquiry into allegations of police inefficiency in Khayelitsha and a breakdown in relations between the community and the police in Khayelitsha - known, in short, as the Khayelitsha Commission on policing - was established by the Premier of the Western Cape government in mid-2012. During the second phase of this process a number of policing experts were called to testify, including, Julie Berg of the Centre of Criminology, Prof. John Cartwright, an associate of the Centre of Criminology and Guy Lamb, Director of UCT’s Safety and Violence Initiative.


IMEL Students Spend the Day at the Soetwater Nature Reserve

During the second teaching block of the LLM Environmental Law Programme, the Principles of Environmental Law Students enjoyed a fieldtrip to the Soetwater Nature Reserve and Conference centre situated near Cape Point.