Spotlight on Legal Frameworks Governing Marine Plastic Pollution

Mr Vincent Piki.
Mr Vincent Piki.

Global concern regarding the deadly consequences of plastic waste pollution for the marine environment motivated Master of Laws in Maritime Law graduate, Mr Vincent Piki to critically analyse the legal frameworks governing plastic pollution, with a focus on microplastics at the global and national level.

‘The research found that despite existing national and international laws addressing certain aspects of plastic pollution, there remains a significant need for regulation of various sources of marine plastic and microplastic pollution, pointing to the inadequacy of current measures,’ said Piki.

Supervised by Dr Dusty Donnelly, the research also examines current debates on existing international agreements and proposed instruments.

‘I advocate for the development of specific regulations primarily focused on governing microplastics and single-use plastics, both within South Africa and globally,’ explained Piki.

He added that the knowledge he gained fits well with his new career path: ‘Shortly after finishing my studies, I secured an internship with the Department of Forestry, Fishery, and the Environment Cape Town office in the Law Reform Unit.’

Words: Thandiwe Jumo

Photograph: Sethu Dlamini

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