Prof Christa Rautenbach received an invitation to be a member of an evaluation committee to review some of the applications in the ‘Framework Programme for the Humanities, Cultural Sciences and Social Sciences’ launched by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung - BMBF) in 2012. She will also participate in the review panel which is scheduled to take place in Bonn, Germany, from 11-12 September 2017.
Roman Mauger, a research fellow at the North-West University received his PhD in Law from the University of Montpellier on 8 September. He defended his thesis successfully.
His examination jury underlined that he was a "global researcher" because of the time he spent on his research in South Africa and at the North-West University. He was also praised for delivering papers at international conferences while writing his thesis. He and Dr Paola Villavicencio, a post-doctoral fellow of the North-West University organised a successful climate change week at the North-West... read more
Prof Anél du Plessis was selected by the Governing Board of the International IUCN Academy of Environmental Law to serve a three year-term on its Teaching and Capacity Building Committee. The committee comprises of 8 environmental law scholars from different universities. The Committee is responsible for teaching and university-level capacity building in environmental law worldwide, with special attention to developing countries and countries in transition.
Currently I am a first year LLB student. After being part of the SLCP sub-committee at the beginning of this year, I decided to apply for the position of chairperson because I felt that I have the necessary qualities to take over from my predecessor and achieve the vision that I have for my term as chairperson.
My vision for this term is: “to dedicate myself to serving in my capacity as chairperson, strive towards achieving unity amongst my peers, embracing diversity, fulfilling whatever tasks that are required of me with the greatest enthusiasm and applying ethical principles... read more
Prof. Louis Kotze has been elected to serve as a key member of the global Earth System Law Task Force. Consisting of world leading scholars, including the father of the Earth system governance theory Prof. Frank Biermann, the Task Force is situated in the University of Utrecht's Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development and it will make a significant contribution to formulating the new parameters of Earth system law. See for further details: http://www.earthsystemgovernance.org/research/taskforce-... read more
All South Africans have an enforceable right to an environment that is not harmful to health or well-being and, despite being a water scarce country, every South African has a right to the access of clean drinking water. “We have some of the best environmental laws in the world but a traditional lack of compliance and enforcement has diluted the system,” said Professor Anél du Plessis of the Faculty of Law, North-West University (NWU) where she is heading the Masters Programme in Environmental Law and Governance.... read more
Dr Paola Villavicencio was awarded the "Best Presentation Prize" for the paper she delivered during the 5th Annual NWU Post doc Conference held at the Sports Village, Potchefstroom Campus, on the 2nd of August 2017. The event was organised by the Post-doctoral Committee of the Potchefstroom Campus and supported by the Office of the Vice Rector: Research & Planning together with the International Office. (klink of dit twee afsonderlike afdelings is)
The presentation entitled "The challenge to take rights of Nature seriously in Bolivia" analyses... read more
A book to which Professor Louis J Kotze and Caiphas Brewsters Soyapi served as both editors and contributors has just been published by UNEP. The book examines new frontiers in the implementation of constitutional, international, and regional rights-based approaches to promote environmental protection. Much gratitude goes to the faculty as a whole for the support and to some specific faculty members for the contributions. These include Dr Paola Villavicencio Calzadilla, Prof Anél du Plessis, Dr WD Lubbe and Michelle Barnard.
Symposium Co-Organised By the North-West University (NWU) and The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on The International Human Right to a Nationality, the Prevention of Statelessness, and the Protection of Stateless Individuals in The 21st Century Dates: October 31 – November 2, 2017; Venue: North-West University (NWU), Mafikeng Campus; Mafikeng, North-West, South Africa.... read more
Environmental Law and Governance for the Anthropocene
Edited by Louis J Kotzé
The era of eco-crises signified by the Anthropocene trope is marked by rapidly intensifying levels of complexity and unevenness, which collectively present unique regulatory challenges to environmental law and governance. This volume sets out... read more
A total of 40 staff members of the North-West University’s (NWU’s) Potchefstroom Campus received recognition for their first publication of a research article.This event is held annually to welcome staff members into the ranks of research publishers. Prof Susan Visser, Vice-Rector: Research and Planning, said that everyone is now at the beginning of their research career where great things lie in the future. “It is never too late to start with research – the secret is to just start.” The rector, Prof Fika Janse van Rensburg, said that he still remembered the feeling of satisfaction when... read more