Members of the Institute undertake research and consultancy work in the fields of marine and environmental law at the international, regional and domestic level. The staff of the Institute has published extensively in these subjects, and have particular expertise both in South African law and in the international legal regimes influencing developing countries. Their research fields include the law relating to biodiversity, protected areas, coastal zone management, land use, water resources, fisheries management, mineral development, energy production, climate change, pollution control, incentive-based regulation and environmental rights. The full details of their research and publications are available under the staff section.
Members of the Institute also each supervise several LLM/MPhil student dissertations (25 000 words) each year. These students research a broad array of issues in the area on marine and environmental law. A list of the topics researched by postgraduate students in the past two years is available here.