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Appointment as Adjunct Professor in International Law

15 May 2017
By: Lewis Pugh
Category: Uncategorized
Comments: 3
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  1. Sheila Seberini
    May 17, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    well done, congratulations ! UCT and very privileged and lucky to have you

  2. Nick Taylor
    May 20, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    Very good to see able and passionate people in positions of influence in SA society. If environment is the politics of the future it’s leaders like yourself we need to change the nature of leadership itself.

  3. Denise Garcia
    March 2, 2018 at 11:55 pm

    Lewis, the University of Cape Town is privileged to have you. The Ross Sea achievement is one of the most fantastic recent feats of global cooperation. Would love to hear this story in person here at Northeastern University in Boston!

Leave a Reply to Sheila Seberini

I am honoured to have been appointed an Adjunct Professor in International Law at the University of Cape Town today.

I was always a pulled by the world’s waters. As a young boy I was fascinated by naval exploration; as a young man I was drawn to swim in some of the world’s most challenging seas. But if I hadn’t put my head down and studied law, I would not have been able to do what I do for the oceans.

Ocean protection is about getting nations to agree to put their different agendas aside and cooperate for the greater good. My job might start with a high-profile swim, but it quickly moves on to convincing the right people to sign enforceable international agreements.

A good negotiation is not a battle, it’s an exploration. I’ve learned that the art of negotiating is about cultivating respect, being open to points of view that are different from your own. How else can you frame an agreement that feels like a win for both sides?

Law taught me how to argue passionately and rationally – a balance that is key to being an environmental campaigner. I look forward to sharing my experiences in the field with students and colleagues at UCT’s Law Department, the place where my legal education began.

Education in South Africa has never been so vibrant and so urgent. Today’s world presents significant challenges – poverty, environmental degradation, racism, gender inequality, lack of education and illiteracy, terrorism, disease, hunger, climate change … I am excited to be part of this nexus where law, politics, and the environment intersect so dynamically, to help the next generation of lawyers and campaigners take on these key issues.

Pic credit: Kelvin Trautman