Law and Governance in a Pandemic:Towards Safe, Resilient, Inclusive and Sustainable Towns and Cities


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) require states to strive towards safe, resilient, inclusive and sustainable cities (SDG 11). This aspiration resonates well with the South African Constitution, the National Development Plan as well as the country’s Integrated Urban Development Framework. However, the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to stall progress and to roll back previous gains towards the fulfilment of the SDG 11 aspirations, as seen from rising inequalities as a result of the economic decline brought by the pandemic.

South African municipalities are hard hit by this global health emergency due to dwindling revenues and other social and environmental disruptions. Although cities immensely benefited from many opportunities offered by urbanisation, they face significant challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. There is an urgent need to look at innovative law, policy and management approaches to ensure that municipalities recover and does so sustainably.

The conference will explore perspectives on issues in law, urban governance, local governance, public administration, governance theory and environmental management related to the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on the safety, resilience, inclusivity and sustainability of the cities and towns of South Africa.

DATE: 30 November – 2 December 2021