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Seminar on Global Pact for the Environment

Location: Radisson Hotel (Silo District, V&A Waterfront)
Contact: Prof Werner Scholtz (Faculty of Law)

“GAPS” IN INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW IN THE EPOCH OF THE ANTHROPOCENE: A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL PACT TO THE RESCUE?

Starts: 2019/08/29 09:00
Ends: 2019/08/29 15:00

​“GAPS” IN INTERNATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW IN THE EPOCH OF THE ANTHROPOCENE: A GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL PACT TO THE RESCUE? 

FIFTH ANNUAL RULE OF LAW AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT SEMINAR PRESENTED BY THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENTAL LAW AND ECOLOGICAL JUSTICE NICHE AREA, UWC (PREVIOUSLY RALHUS) AND THE SOUTH AFRICAN RESEARCH CHAIR IN INTERNATIONAL LAW, UNIVERSITY OF JOHANNESBURG

Date: 29 August  2019

United Nations General Assembly Resolution 72/277 (“Towards a Global Pact for the Environment”) calls on the UN Secretary-General to prepare a “technical and evidence-based report that identifies and assesses possible gaps in international environmental law and environment-related instruments with a view to strengthening their implementation”. Such a report is to be considered by the ad hoc open ended working group established under the Resolution to “discuss possible options to address possible gaps … and if deemed necessary, the scope, parameters and feasibility of an international instrument”. The Resolution raises a number of pressing questions. What is the nature of the “possible gaps” and what are these gaps in international environmental law? Could the initiative serve as a catalyst for the further progressive development of international environmental law? Could the development of a Global Pact for the Environment (GPE) initiate a reconfiguration of international environmental law in the age of the Anthropocene or would it merely represent a restatement of current principles and a continuation of the status quo? Hence, the forthcoming seminar will facilitate discourse on the shortcomings of international environmental law in the era of the Anthropocene as well the potential role, content and nature of a GPE. Ultimately, the seminar aims to appraise the need for more radical legal solutions in response to the current environmental crisis.

You are cordially invited to express your interest to present a paper at the forthcoming seminar through a submission of an abstract (not exceeding 400 words) and bio before 31 May 2019 to Werner Scholtz (wscholtz@uwc.ac.za).​

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