Public Interest Law Gathering
24 – 26 July 2017: University of the Western Cape
The annual Public Interest Law Gathering (PILG) is a rendezvous of public interest legal practitioners and organisations, and also welcomes academics, law students, paralegals and anyone with a passion for access to justice and the realisation of human rights. The gatherings create a platform to share knowledge, develop skills and broaden networks within the public interest litigation community of South Africa.
SERAJ was represented by Philip Swanepoel, Reshard Kolabhai and Kathryn de Villiers (all LLM candidates) at the seventh PILG, hosted by the University of the Western Cape. The range of discussions presented by the inspiring panellists all fell under at least one of the four major themes for this year’s gathering: reform of the Department of Mineral Resources, intimidation of environmental justice activists and legal representatives, MPRDA amendment and our environmental system.
Although every session raised different concerns, all were thought-provoking for research and practical purposes, but also challenging on a personal level. The ensuing debates and discussions offered sobering insight into the realities still faced by many South Africans, but inspired the Stellenbosch researchers to use their foundational legal training to improve the lives of others.
SERAJ would like to thank the organisers of PILG 2017 for a very well-run event and excellent opportunity to learn and network.