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Southern African Law Teachers Conference 2020

A conference of the Society of Law Teachers of Southern Africa

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Theme: 'Law, Nature and Sustainable Development'


"Ihloka liyakhohlwa kodwa isihlahla asikhohlwa" (an axe forgets but the tree doesn't forget – Ndebele proverb).

"Isihlahla asinyelelwa" (a tree is not defecated upon – Zulu proverb).

"Inkomo kayisengwa ngokwehlisa" (do not continuously milk a cow until there is nothing to milk – Ndebele proverb).

"Aiva madziva ava mazambuko" (what used to be rivers are now crossings – Shona proverb).


The Faculty of Law of the University of Johannesburg is proud to host the Southern African Law Teachers Conference in Skukuza, Kruger National Park, South Africa from 20 to 24 January 2020. The conference theme is 'Law, Nature and Sustainable Development'. There will be dedicated panels on this theme, including plenary sessions. The theme will be highlighted by the auspicious location in which the conference will take place.


Sustainable development provides a framework for humans to live and prosper in harmony with nature, rather than living at nature's expense. There is an interconnectedness of African life and existence with nature. However, sustainability does not have an adequate or supportive legal foundation. If we are to make significant progress towards a sustainable society, we will need to develop and implement adequate laws and appropriate legal institutions. To achieve sustainability, we also need to recognise that, while environmental law is key to achieving sustainability, it is only part of the necessary legal framework. Diverse legal fields, including but not limited to human-rights law, labour law, tax law, and property law, must also contribute to the achievement of sustainability.


You are invited to submit abstracts of not more than 300 words describing the paper that you intend to present at the conference. The conference includes sessions on all major legal disciplines and abstracts from any subject area within law will be considered. Please indicate the field(s) to which your paper relates in your email, e.g. 'consumer law' or 'constitutional law'. All abstracts received will be considered for acceptance by an expert peer in the field. You are encouraged to show a link to the conference theme in your abstract, as preference will be given to abstracts of quality showing such a link. This is not, however, a pre-requisite for acceptance.

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