23 May 2002

South Africa: SA to Host Sustainable Justice 2002 Conference

Pretoria — South Africa's legal community is to host the Sustainable Justice 2002 conference in Durban from 22-25 August, just before the World Conference on Sustainable Development (WSSD).

Justice and constitutional development minister Penuell Maduna will represent South Africa at the conference, which is endorsed by the organisers of the WSSD.

The WSSD will be held in Johannesburg from 26 August - 4 September.

Co-sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme, the conference is expected to draw more than 200 judges, lawyers, professors and other experts from governments and inter-governmental organisations, civil society associations, academic institutions, foundations and the private sector.

Three of Canada's leading federal government ministers are expected to deliver keynote speeches.

The conference will focus on legal principles and practices that have been developed in the 10 years since the 1992 United Nations conference on Environment and Development.

It will look at how countries and courts have sought, since then, to reconcile conflicting or overlapping international social, economic and environmental legal obligations through integration.

Speakers at the conference will be asked to focus on case studies and illustrations from their experience on how the principles of international sustainable development law (ISDL) have been implemented in courts, in treaties and at international institutions. - BuaNews

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