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July 28, 2008

Oregon Law Professors Participate in Public Interest Environmental Litigation Workshop in South Africa

Oregon Law Professors John Bonine and Svitlana Kravchenko took part in a workshop on Public Interest Environmental Litigation hosted by the University of Witwatersrand School of Law’s Mandela Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa. This was the first workshop of its kind to be hosted by the South African law school.

Professors Svitlana Kravchenko and John Bonine with University of Witwatersrand environmental law professors Tracy-Lynn Humby (left) and Tumai Murombo (right) after the University of Witwatersrand’s Public Interest Environmental Litigation workshop.

The July 17 conference featured presentations by distinguished South African environmental lawyers and national directors of NGOs. Professors Bonine and Kravchenko engaged in discussions centered on the critical issues relating to public participation in environmental decision-making.

Conference participants acknowledged that litigation should be used only as a last resort in the environmental conflict resolution process. Instead, environmental organizations, academics, pro bono organizations and corporate law firms should focus on communicating amongst one another and sharing skills and strategies in order for environmental litigation in South Africa to move forward.

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