Workshop: Urban Climate Resilience: The Role of Law
The University of the Western Cape’s Global Environmental Law Centre (GELC), together with the Tilburg Sustainability Center, Tilburg University, is hosting a workshop on Urban Climate Resilience: The Role of Law. The workshop is sponsored by the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law and aims to bring together legal and governance scholars to critically consider, through relevant case studies (city examples) what is required from legal frameworks in order to enable city authorities to promote or enhance climate resilience.
We are proud to have a full programme with interesting papers on the topic from all over the world. We also have a keynote speaker from UN Habitat. The papers presented at the workshop will be published with Edward Elgar in an edited volume forming part of the ‘Elgar Studies in Climate Law’ series. While this event is mainly intended for the authors and selected researchers, there are a few spots open for attendance. Anyone interested in urban and climate resilience from a law and/or governance perspective can contact the GELC at
The Applied Constitutional Study Laboratory (ACSL) at the Dullah Omar Institute together with the Global Environmental Law Centre (GELC), University of the Western Cape, invite you to a webinar on Climate Change and Constitutional Law.
When: Wednesday, 29 September 2021
Time: 14h00 PM to 16h00 (Africa/Johannesburg / UTC200)
Where: Zoom (Virtual meeting)
Contact person: Valma Hendricks
In March 2021 the German Federal Constitutional Court (Bundesverfassungsgericht) found the Federal Climate Change Act (Klimaschutzgesetz) to be partially unconstitutional to the extent that it failed to protect persons from future restrictions that may become necessary after 2030 as the danger of climate change evolves.
In this webinar we talk to one of Germany’s leading scholars of constitutional law and climate change, Prof. Dr. Dr. Felix Ekardt about Germany’s constitutional regime to protect the environment, the decision in the case and its implication for the development of German constitutional law in the area of climate change, and how his own research (Sustainability: Transformation, Governance, Ethics, Law Springer Nature 2019) helped to shape the outcome of the case.
Dr Felix Ekardt, LL.M., M.A. - Forschungsstelle Nachhaltigkeit und Klimapolitik (Research Unit Sustainability and Climate Policy)
Prof Derek Powell, Dullah Omar Institute, UWC
Dr Angela van der Berg, Global Environmental Law Centre, UWC
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Webinar was made possible with financial assistance from the Foundation for International Law of the Environment (FILE)
For more information please contact:
Valma Hendricks (
International Association for Impact Assessment South Africa Annual National Conference 2021 on “Rethinking IEM in Pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals”
Today, Global Environmental Law Centre, Acting Director, Dr Angela van der Berg, will be presenting a paper at the IAIAsa - International Association for Impact Assessment South Africa Annual National Conference 2021 on “Rethinking IEM in Pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals”. Dr van der Berg was invited to participate in a Panel Discussion put together by the Environmental Law Association of South Africa on "Recent Case Law and Development Relevant to SDGs and South Africa’s IEM Process and Tools". Dr van der Berg joins panel members, Adv Peter Kantor (Advocate of the High Court of South Africa, Ms Catherine Warburton (Director: Warburton Attorneys) and Dr Tiisetso John Rantlo (North West University).
Dr van der Berg’s presentation is entitled:
A Critical Perspective on the Khanyisa Coal Power Case: A Step in the Right Direction towards South Africa’s pursuit of SDGs 7 and 13?
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Dr Angela van der Berg presented a paper on 'Transitioning Towards Sustainable European Cities: A Law and Governance perspective'
On Monday, 7 June 2021, Dr Angela van der Berg, Acting Director of the Global Environmental Law Centre (GELC) and Senior Lecturer at the University of Western Cape Faculty of Law, presented a paper at the Maastricht University Workshop on 'Transitioning Towards Sustainable European Cities: A Law and Governance perspective'. The Workshop was convened by Maastricht University in partnership with the Globalization & Law Network and the Tilburg Center for Regional Law and Governance (TiREG) at Tilburg University. The workshop aimed at bringing together legal and governance scholars to offer a fresh perspective on the transition to sustainable, as well as smart and inclusive European cities. Dr van der Berg presented on ‘Integrated Approaches to Climate Adaptation Planning in EU Cities – with perspectives from the City of Antwerp (Belgium), City of Rotterdam (Netherlands) and Paris (France). The paper considers the extent to which the identified cities are integrating climate adaptation in their urban planning policies. The three cities each represent different phases and different approaches to integrating climate adaptation into their planning policies. Each city further faces different climate risks and must manage these in terms of varying but complex social, environmental, economic and institutional governance challenges.
For more information on the event, see: