Professor Louis Kotzé, Research Professor of Law, NWU and currently Marie Curie Research Fellow at the University of Lincoln, UK, has been appointed as a judge on the Permanent Peoples' Tribunal (PPT) on Human Rights, Fracking and Climate Change. The hearings will take place 14-18 May 2018. The PPT, headquartered in Rome, is an internationally recognized civil society human rights tribunal functioning independently of state authorities. It applies internationally recognized human rights law and policy to cases brought before it. The PPT is a descendant of the 1967 Bertrand Russell-Jean Paul Sartre Vietnam War Crimes Tribunal, and it hears cases in which prima facie evidence suggests abridgement of basic rights of ordinary people.