New Frontiers in Global Environmental Constitutionalism 

3 Day Conference 12, 13 and 14 April 2016 at the North-West University, Potchefstroom

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On behalf of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Environmental Rights, Professor John Knox; the Faculty of Law, North-West University South Africa; and Widener University, Delaware Law School, United States, we warmly welcome you to the symposium ‘New Frontiers in Global Environmental Constitutionalism: Implementing Human and Environmental Rights in Global Contexts’. In broad terms, the symposium will examine whether and the extent to which constitutional and other rights-based approaches, including international and regional human rights, promote environmental protection. As part of advancing the work of the United Nations Special Rapporteur, the symposium has two principal objectives:

  • To examine good practices in the implementation of rights-based approaches to environmental protection.
  • To provide a high-level platform for engaging the global conversation about comparative environmental rights-based approaches among policy-makers and governments, practitioners, non-governmental organizations, civil society, scholars, educators, and post-graduate students.


Please note that we have limited space available. The latest programme is available here. We are delighted that we are able to accommodate  30 additional attendees,  including approximately 15 post-graduate students.  Regrettably we will be unable to accept any late registrations. If you wish to attend, please register here before 28 March.

Thanks to the generous financial support of the KAS, we are able to cover all expenses for all participants related to lunches, dinners, refreshments and conference materials, and the social event to be held at the Elgro River Lodge. Participants must cover costs related to flights, airport transfers, accommodation and personal incidental costs.


Contact Us

The main organizers can be reached before and during the event at the following numbers and emails:

Mr. Caiphas Soyapi +27 73 3874204 and

Prof. Louis Kotzé +27 823356290 and

Prof. Erin Daly - 

Prof. James May -