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Upcoming Seminar: Fourth Annual Rule of Law and Sustainable Development Seminar

On the 13th of April 2018 the Regional African Law and Human Security Programme (RALHUS), at UWC, in conjunction with the South African Research Chair in International Law, at UJ, will host the Fourth Annual Rule of Law and Sustainable Development Seminar, in Stellenbosch, South Africa.

The topic of the seminar is The International Climate Change Regime, Modern Sustainable Energy and the Sustainable Development Goals.

Goal 13 of Agenda 2030 mandates states to “take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts’”. SDG 13 affirms that the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is the primary international, intergovernmental forum for negotiating the global response to climate change. Reciprocal acknowledgement of the SDGs by the UNFCCC regime can be found in Decision 1/CP.21 adopted at the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP) where the COP welcomed the adoption of the SDGs, in particular Goal 13. The Paris Agreement provides for several mechanisms to address climate change in order to further sustainable development and SDG 13. As such the preamble of the Paris Agreement explicitly acknowledges “the need to promote universal access to sustainable energy in developing countries, in particular in Africa, through the enhanced development of renewable energy”. Furthermore, the UNFCCC refers to energy efficiency in its preamble as a measure to counteract increasing energy consumption. These references lend considerable support to SDG 7 on sustainable energy, in particular targets 7.1 and 7.2 and the potential that the climate change regime has to induce sustainable energy projects.

Please contact Werner Scholtz ( for further information.

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Welcome to the new GNHRE News and Community Page

Welcome to our new News and Community page!

This is a space where members can post events, job postings, upcoming conferences and other news, but it is also a space for comment, opinion, debate and blogging.

The idea is that this is a platform for members to come together and ask each other questions, keep each other informed and engage with each other about the crucial issues animating the field. We want it to be a new hub for the human rights and environment community, as well as a community-built resource on events and developments in the field.

Please have a look at recent posts on the upcoming Symposium on Dignity Rights and Environmental Justice, on the latest edition of the Journal of Human Rights and Environment, and a welcome to new members of the network.

At this stage, all are welcome to comment on the page. If, in addition, you would like to post any news, blogs or other content, please send the details to Over the next few months we will be opening the page up to members to post directly, and we will keep you updated on the details. In the meantime, please send us your thoughts and comments.

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Call for emerging scholars to join the GNHRE

In an effort to enhance the diversity of GNHRE and expand its membership among early career individuals, we are calling upon current members to nominate one new emerging scholar for membership in the Network.

Emerging scholars are those scholars, activists, and practitioners in academic institutions, think tanks, law firms, and other organizations whose work relates to the intersection of human rights and the environment, and who have earned a doctoral or professional degree within the past 7 years.

Nominations should include the name and contact information (including email) of a prospective member, and should be sent to Josh Gellers ( Josh will reach out to all those nominated and encourage them to apply for membership according to the GNHRE Membership Guidelines, which will be made available on the GNHRE website.

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Conference: European Environmental Law Forum Annual Conference

The 6th Annual Conference of the European Environmental Law Forum will take place at the University of Insubria (Como, Italy) 12-14 September 2018.

The call for abstracts is now open. The theme for the conference is “Environmental loss & damage: attribution, liability, compensation and restoration”.

More information is available here.


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Symposium: Dignity Rights and Environmental Justice

Delaware Law School (U.S.) is pleased to announce a Symposium on Dignity Rights and Environmental Justice on 13 April 2018. The event, which will be held in Delaware and livestreamed, will examine environmental justice through the lens of human dignity and will explore how legal responses including the right to human dignity might alleviate the burdens of environmental injustice throughout the world. A diverse group of activists, policy-makers, jurists, practitioners, academics, students, and others will join us to explore principled and practical approaches to advancing environmental justice in our own local neighborhoods and in communities around the world. The event is co-sponsored by the Dignity Rights Project, Widener Law Review, Coming Clean, Delaware Concerned Residents for Environmental Justice, the First State Fund, the ABA Section on Civil Rights and Social Justice, and the Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment. For more information, please contact Erin Daly ( and Jimmy May (

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