UKZN LAW STUDENT DELIVERS PAPER AT NATO SYMPOSIUM

UKZN LAW STUDENT DELIVERS PAPER AT NATO SYMPOSIUM

A postgraduate student at UKZN’s School of Law on the Howard College campus, Mr Christian Kabati, has returned from an international research symposium in Ethiopia organised by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and the Defence College of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO).

The forum titled: “AU-NATO Collaboration: Implications and Prospects”, debated and discussed the role of NATO in conflict resolution in Africa in the light of its recent decision to implement UN Security Council Resolution 1973 to protect the civilian population in Libya.

Kabati presented a paper titled: “Les opérations militaires de l’OTAN en Libye au regards du droit international humanitaire” (NATO’s military operation in Libya and International Humanitarian Law) at the multilingual conference.

The paper assessed the legality of the NATO intervention in Libya as well as the consequences of NATO military operations (such as bombings) on non-military objectives and the civilian population.

The paper concluded that although the legality of the operation had been based on Resolutions 1970 and 1973 of the UN Security Council, certain Western countries had interfered negatively in the conflict and there had been several cases of abuse and violations of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law by various parties.

Kabati suggested that the sacrosanct principle of the peaceful resolution of conflict should be paramount in solving all types of conflict.

His paper will be included in a compendium to be published jointly by NATO’s Defence College and the Institute for Security Studies.


author email : chriskabati@gmail.com

UKZN PRESENTS AT THE GREEN ECONOMY RESEARCH CONFERENCE

UKZN PRESENTS AT THE GREEN ECONOMY RESEARCH CONFERENCE

UKZN research teams did presentations at a KwaZulu-Natal Department of Economic Development and Tourism (DEDT) conference showcasing research being done on the Green Economy. The School of Built Environment and Development Studies in the College of Humanities had two research teams presenting at the conference.

Mrs Catherine Sutherland and her team, which comprised lecturers, master’s students and external researchers from Future Works, discussed their research into: "Unlocking the KwaZulu-Natal Green Economy".

‘The first phase of the project produced a literature review to define the green economy and a sector analysis of green economy activities in the province, which identified priority areas and interventions for greening the KZN economy.  The second phase of the project has focused on the development of a green economy strategy for KwaZulu-Natal,’ said Sutherland.

‘The research process adopted for the project has been participatory as the outputs for the project have been developed through the “community of innovation” established by the research team for the green economy in KwaZulu-Natal.’

Sutherland pointed out at the conference that their project aimed to support sustainable economic development in KwaZulu-Natal through a shift towards a green economy. ‘Job creation, the reduction of poverty and efficient use of existing natural assets are critical issues that the province has to address. One of the ways of achieving this is through economic growth that is more sustainable and which adopts green economy principles,’ she said.

The other research team from the School of Built Environment and Development Studies focused their research on "Waste to Resources: Advancing Industrial Ecology in SA". This study was led by Mr Kruschen Govender and Mr John Filitz.

Other UKZN researchers who contributed were: