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Director: Professor JNK Gibson

Institute Profile

The Institute of Marine and Environmental Law undertakes research, teaching and consultancy in the fields of marine and environmental law both at the international level and in the context of Southern Africa. It also participates in multi-disciplinary projects in collaboration with other specialists in marine and environmental subjects. In 2010, Professor John Gibson undertook research on the law relating to piracy in African waters and the evolution of the exclusive economic zone in the United Kingdom. He also addressed the Africa Center for Strategic Studies seminar on maritime safety and security at Dares Salaam, Tanzania, and advised the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the State of Eritrea on the law of the sea for the UN Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR).Professor Jan Glazewski participated in a university wide City of Cape Town Climate Change Think Tank, and undertook research on legal implications of climate change for the City. He continued to be an advisor to the UNEP/UNDP West Indian Ocean marine pollution project in their Regional Seas Programme, and was appointed as a country expert on marine governance issues in the West Indian Ocean. Associate Professor Loretta Feris was appointed to the board of the South African Maritime Safety Authority, where one of her briefs is to update the board on ongoing research in the area of maritime safety. She co-edited a compendium on environmental legislation, published a book chapter on climate change and trade and a journal article on environmental governance. She also co-authored a chapter on African custom and environmental law, and presented conference papers in South Africa and in Ghent, Belgium. Associate Professor Alexander Paterson undertook research for a PhD on communally-conserved areas as a tool for managing South Africa’s natural commons. He also co-edited the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law e-Journal, contributed to the IUCN Guidelines on Protected Areas Legislation and the Department of Water and Environmental Affairs’ People and Parks Toolkit, and delivered a conference paper in Belgium on co-managing the interest of indigenous peoples, biodiversity and climate change. Ms Peggy Gumedewrote articles on environmental governance through informal mechanisms in South Africa and on the regulation of alien invasive species. Charles Moitui conducted research for a PhD on the regulation of genetically modified organisms, and delivered a conference paper on the subject at Moi University in Kenya.


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