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IPA Lecture Series: "Implementing the Paris Agreement in South Africa: The Role of Local Governments"

26.6.2018, 18:00

Akademischer Senatssaal at Henry Ford Building, Freie Universität Berlin, Garystr. 35, 14195 Berlin

“Implementing the Paris Agreement in South Africa: The Role of Local Governments” 


by Professor Anél du Plessis of the Faculty of Law at the North-West University (NWU), South Africa


In this lecture, Prof Du Plessis shares some insights on the extent to which the Paris Climate Agreement is intended to be domesticated in South African local government law. She highlights the relevant contextual and legal considerations and explains why it is that climate adaptation ranks as top priority in South Africa. Prof Du Plessis reflects on recent climate law and policy reform in the country and shares her views on the critical feedback loop between the international, domestic and municipal law and policy regimes on climate change. The lecture is based on joint research with climate law expert, Mr Andrew Gilder (Climate Legal) who headed the drafting of South Africa's Draft Climate Bill, published in May 2018.


Anél du Plessis is Professor of Law at the North-West University (NWU), South Africa. She heads the LLM programme in Environmental Law and Governance as well as the subject group for Public Law. Anél lectures at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels in environmental law and local government law. She is an established researcher focusing on the nexus area of environmental-, local government and different aspects of human rights law and city governance. She is editor of the first and still only extensive volume on South African environmental and local government law. Anél is an elected member of the South African Young Academy of Science and an alumnus of the DAAD, Fulbright and Alexander von Humboldt Scholarship programmes. She is member of the Executive Committee of the Environmental Law Association of South Africa for the past twelve years and serves on the Teaching Committee of the international IUCN Academy of Environmental Law. Anél is currently co-heading an Alexander von Humboldt-sponsored joint research project with Prof Helmut Aust at the Freie Universitat, Berlin with the focus on “Safe and Sustainable Cities”.  From November 2018 Anél will direct a newly designated five-year research chair at the North-West University focusing on Cities, Law and Environmental Sustainability.


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