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The Institute of Marine and Environmental Law is based within the Faculty of Law at the University of Cape Town, recently rated one of the top 200 universities in the world and the highest-ranked in Africa.
The research fields of the faculty include the international law of the sea and the law relating to biodiversity conservation, coastal zone management, land use, water resources, fisheries management, mineral development, energy production, climate change, pollution control and incentive-based regulation. The Institute also participates in multidisciplinary research projects in collaboration with scientists, geographers, economists and other experts in marine and environmental subjects.
The Institute currently offers specialist LLM, MPhil and Postgraduate Diploma Programmes in Marine Law, Environmental Law, and Marine and Environmental Law.
Students registering for a LLM/MPhil degree are required to take 4 courses and complete a minor dissertation of 25,000 words.
Students registering for a Postgraduate Diploma are required to take 2 courses and complete a minor dissertation of 12,500 words. The subjects taught include:
- International Law of the Sea
- International Environmental Law
- Marine Resources Law
- Marine Pollution Law.
The following suite of four new courses has been added:
- Principles of Environmental Law
- Land Use Planning Law
- Natural Resources Law
- Pollution Law.
South Africa has one of the world's most contemporary environmental legal regimes, and is used as a case study
throughout the course. Given the all pervasive nature of environmental law, the issues covered in this course are of relevance to all domestic legal practitioners, government officials and those working in the NGO sector. Given the contemporary nature of South Africa's environmental regime, the course is of key relevance to foreign students wishing to understand, critique and become involved in the reformation of their own domestic environmental regimes.
University of Cape Town
University of Cape Town
The University of Cape Town (UCT) is the oldest university in South Africa. UCT is located on the slopes of Devil’s Peak in the Cape Peninsula making it one of the most beautiful campuses in the country. UCT's tradition of...
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Cape Town is the regional manufacturing and economic centre of the Western Cape Province, South Africa's second main economic centre and Africa's third largest economic hub city. The primary harbor and airport in the Western Cape Province are in Cape Town. Due to Cape Town’s status as the capital of the Western Cape and the seat of the National Parliament, industries that serve the government...