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USP student wins medal in global essay competition

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USP final year law student, Ms Priyashna Mani is the first Pacific student to receive a medal in the Global Climate Law and Governance Legal Essay Competition 2017.

A final year law student of The University of the South Pacific (USP) is the first Pacific student to receive a medal in the Global Climate Law and Governance Legal Essay Competition 2017.

The competition is jointly organised by the Centre for International Sustainable Development Law, the McGill Journal of Sustainable Development Law, the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law at the University of Cambridge, the Faculty of University of Nairobi, the CR2 at the University of Chile, the Ateneo School of Governance in Manila and others, and is supported by the partners of Climate Law and Governance Day (CLGD) 2017 which include The University of the South Pacific (USP).

The open call for essay submissions received submissions from students across the globe and an international committee of law professors and legal experts selected the finalists.

Ms Priyashna Mani received a medal for her essay, Loss and damage and the relationship to human rights law and policy in the context of South Pacific, a research paper she prepared in the context of a collaborative research project on climate change law between USP, Macquarie University and the Queensland University of Technology, in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the course Regional Environmental Law.

The essay focused on the relationship between loss and damage and human rights law and policy.

She first explained the specific human rights affected due to loss and damage and the domestic and international human rights obligations of the South Pacific in relation to loss and damage.

“In summary, I concluded the essay by saying that irrespective of the additional pressure climate change-related events may place on available resources, human rights norms clarify how Pacific States should respond to climate change,” she stated.

Ms Mani said whenever Pacific states take action to address climate change, they should respect, protect and consider their respective obligations on human rights under domestic and international law.

Complying with human rights obligations helps to protect the rights of everyone affected by loss and damage and it also promotes policy coherence,” she said.

Speaking about her achievement, Ms Mani said she was blessed and happy.

“It is a huge achievement for me as a student. I am so proud to be a student at USP and more than anything, my family and colleagues are proud of me,” she shared.

She also acknowledged Dr Margaretha Singh, her family and friends for their continuous support.

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