Current LLM students

  1. Mr NT Dwayi
  2. Ms LC Kekana
  3. Ms DC Kuture
  4. Mr M Mokgwetsi
  5. Ms K Mpondo
  6. Mr N Msipha
  7. Mr MGR Nyamakura
  8. Ms B Vilakazi

Below is the biography of the LLM students that are listed above.

 

Ms Lerato Kekana

Topic of Dissertation:

The Regulation of Renewable Ocean Energy

Relevance of Topic:

The international community including South Africa have identified the need to address the global climate change and as a result have invested in the development of renewable energy. Renewable energy includes ocean energy which can be in the form of waves, tides and current.

Renewable ocean energy is one of the energy sources that has potential to assist South Africa to move away from carbon-intensive energy. However, there is no clear  regulatory frameworks on how to approach exploration and exploitation of renewable ocean energy. Therefore, this dissertation provides a critical discussion on the regulation of renewable ocean in South Africa.

Additional research done under the Chair: None as yet.

Previous Qualifications:

LLB (completed 2017) awarded by the Nelson Mandela University.

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Ms Dudzai Chandisaita Kuture

Topic of Dissertation:

The Protection of The Marine Environment In South Africa’s Marine Territory In The Event Of Marine Environmental Pollution Arising From Oil Spills From Offshore Oil Installations

Relevance of Topic:

There has been extraction of oil and gas within the marine territory in various African countries. South Africa has recently discovered additional oil and gas deposits within her marine territory. This creates the potential for environmental pollution within the marine environment from the exploration and extraction of oil and gas from offshore oil installations. Therefore, my dissertation focuses on the current legal framework and policies that seek to protect the marine environment from oil pollution arising from the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas within the marine environment. Furthermore it seeks to examine how the legal framework at a domestic, regional and international level are implemented within the South African legal system to address this issue. Finally, my dissertation seeks to examine the potential impact of adopting certain international legal instruments and certain Bills that have been tabled by the legislature to address this issue.

Additional research done under the Chair:

  • I did a research assignment in my final year of my LLB degree. Prof Vrancken was my supervisor.
  • The assignment was an elective.
  • The topic was: "Legal Aspects of a Deepwater Horizon Event in The South Africa Maritime Domain".

Previous Qualifications:

  • Bcom Law (completed 2016) awarded by UNISA.
  • LLB (completed 2019) awarded by Nelson Mandela University.

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Mr Mmusho Mokgwetsi

Topic of Dissertation:

The Implementation of the FAO Port State Measures Agreement into South African Law.

Relevance of Topic:

The purpose of my research is to assess the extent that South Africa has incorporated the Port State Measures Agreement (PSMA) into South African law including investigating the issues relating to incorporating the PSMA into South African law. The PSMA seeks to prevent, deter and eliminate illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing through the implementation of port State measures.

Additional research done under the Chair: None as yet.

Previous Qualifications:

LLB (completed in 2017) awarded by the Nelson Mandela University.

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Mr Mutsanai Gareth Rockford Nyamakura

Topic of Dissertation:

The impact of sea level rise on the legal requirements of statehood: An African perspective.

Relevance of Topic:

Due to global climate change, there has been an increased rise in the levels of the world’s oceans. This phenomenon is known as sea level rise. The principal components which contribute to the global rise in sea levels are the thermal expansion caused by the warming of the oceans; the melting of glaciers and ice sheets (land ice); as well as the changes in the amount of water stored on land.

The rise in the levels of the sea poses a considerable physical threat to coastal and littoral communities. Placing them within serious risk of the inundation and erosion of low-lying coastal areas and of islands. This bears consequences in three main areas statehood; law of the sea; and protection of persons affected by sea-level rise.

This dissertation will attempt to explore the consequences sea level rise has on statehood as a legal analysis, it will attempt to provide an understating of these threats and acts on a factual basis. 

Additional research done under the Chair: Undergraduate project research for Public international Law module. 

Previous Qualifications:

LLB (completed 2018) awarded by the Nelson Mandela University.

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Ms Bathobile Vilakazi

Topic of Dissertation:

Marine Plastic Pollution in South African Law

Relevance of Topic:

Plastic production and consumption has increased significantly over the years, due to its cost effectiveness, versatile usage and durability. In recent years however, plastics have become an environmental issue, more so, in the marine environment. 80% of plastic materials found in the ocean come from land-based sources and activities, whilst 20% from sea-based sources and activities. The presence thereof negatively impacting on marine biodiversity and ultimately human health. The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea provides guidance to States on the protection of the marine environment by placing a duty on States to implement measures to achieve this goal. As such, this dissertation aims to investigate whether South African environmental laws are sufficiently addressing marine plastic pollution in line with international standards.

Additional research done under the Chair: None as yet.

Previous Qualifications:

LLB (completed 2017) awarded by the Nelson Mandela University.

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Last edited on 11 August 2020. AA

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