World renowned Ocean Advocate and endurance swimmer, Lewis Pugh is continuing his battle for ocean conservation by accepting the position of Adjunct Professor in International Law at UCT.
The quest for ocean protection is about getting nations to agree to put their different agendas aside and cooperate for the greater good. For Lewis, this quest might start with high-profile swims but it quickly transfers on to convincing government officials at the highest level to sign enforceable international agreements.
“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.
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.” says Lewis Pugh on his new role.
Lewis continues to stress the importance of education and how the art of negotiating at international level is about cultivating respect, being open to points of view that are different from your own.
“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 issues.”
The Dean of Law – Professor Penelope Andrews says having Lewis as part of the faculty is a valuable asset “Having a graduate like Lewis Pugh makes us enormously proud at UCT Law Faculty. Now that he is joining us as an Adjunct Professor, the staff and students will have the opportunity to engage with him on a regular basis. We will all benefit from his enormous experience and commitment to our planet and all who inhabit it.”