Anthropocene dialogue 23 Nov

Please join us on 23 November from 16:00 to 18:00 for a discussion of Customary law and the right to food and nutrition. With an opportunity to network over wine and snacks afterwards. RSVP by 18 November here: RSVP

Discussants: Wilmien Wicomb is an attorney at the Legal Resources Centre in Cape Town,
Anna Bulman is an Australian attorney and current research fellow at the Legal Resources Centre.
Wilmien Wicomb’s work of the past eight years has focused on the recognition of customary law in Southern Africa.

Prior to colonisation, African peoples lived in close connection with the land and environment, and governed themselves according to their own complex systems of customary law. With the colonies, came completely different legal systems that were imposed onto the peoples and land, and which failed to properly recognise the existing structures. Today, countries such as South Africa and Australia are grappling with how these two legal systems (colonial and customary) can co-exist. Unfortunately, in a number of instances where customary rights to natural resources and the formal legal system are interacting and conflicting, serious food- and nutrition-related health issues are being experienced.

Anna Bulman focuses on the right to food and how it is linked to nutrition. Together in this interactive seminar, the speakers will explore the connection between proper recognition of customary law as a necessary precursor to full realisation of the human right to adequate food and nutrition for customary communities. Within this context, the importance of the nutrition addition in the human right to adequate food and nutrition will be considered, and notions of “community” and conflict of rights discussed.

Wilmien Wicomb is an attorney at the Legal Resources Centre in Cape Town. Her practice area focuses on customary law governance and community access to land and resources. Wilmien holds a BA, BHon, LLB, LLM and an MA in complexity theory.

Anna Bulman is an Australian attorney and current research fellow at the Legal Resources Centre. Her work is centred around the right to adequate food and nutrition, as well as business and human rights. Anna holds an LLB, Dip. Lang, BA and LLM.

The (CST) is excited to host the Anthropocene Dialogues – an interdisciplinary dialogue together through regular discussion, debate and dialogue to foster the potential for novel ways of thinking and engaging with the challenges of the Anthropocene.