Online Course in Environmental Law
Brief Description
Our innovative online short course in Environmental Law provides you with insight into the fast-growing and increasingly relevant field of environmental law in South Africa, and further afield.
The online course, presented over 10 days in a creative virtual platform, looks at, for instance, laws regulating: environmental impact assessment and various compliance and enforcement mechanisms under the National Environmental Management Act 107 of 1998, the protection of South Africa's significant biodiversity and protected areas, topical mining issues, and climate change impacts.
The course offers you a wonderful opportunity to engage with experts in environmental law and gain insight into the key principles and aspects of South African environmental legislation, regulations, policy, and case law.
The course will be extremely valuable if you are an attorney or advocate who wishes to practice in environmental law, or if you are engaged in environmental governance or management in your company or organisation, whether in the private or public sector. Our experts are constantly building their knowledge of the latest developments and innovations in South African environmental law, and wish to empower you in your work to grow your knowledge and capacity.
Each day during the 10 day online Environmental Law course you will spend about 2,5 hours of contact time with our expert presenters, in a virtual platform, and a further 2 hours engaging independently with useful virtual learning tools, including recorded lectures, YouTube videos, reading material and online assessment. Our expert presenters will be on hand to assist you throughout.
The 10 day online short course can be done part-time.  
Learning Outcomes
After successfully completing this course, you will be able to demonstrate an understanding of:
  • the nature and scope of environmental law in South Africa
  • the constitutional protection of environmental right
  • various statutory duties of care to protect the environment and prevent pollution
  • environmental impact assessment (EIA) procedures
  • the listed activities for which an EIA is a prerequisite
  • the regulatory framework for waste management, air quality and water resource management
  • the regulatory framework for pollution control
  • the regulatory framework aimed at conserving biodiversity and protected areas
  • who is responsible for compliance and enforcement of environmental legislation
  • relevant international law treaties, including the Paris Agreement, 2015, and South African legislation enacted in response to the problem of climate change.
Course Content
  • Environmental law principles and norms
  • Environmental governance
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Administrative justice and access to information
  • Climate change law
  • Mining law
  • Biodiversity and protected areas law
  • Air quality
  • Waste management and water law
  • Compliance and enforcement of environmental law
Entry Requirements
Prospective delegates should at least have a National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) or relevant work experience.
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Law and Human Rights
Who Should attend:
This course is ideal for you if you are a government employee involved in environmental decision making, implementation and development of the law and policy, or a private sector employee and/or manager in the industry, (including mining staff, legal advisors, legal practitioners and environmental assessment practitioners.
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