10 McGill Int'l J. Sust. Dev. L. & Pol'y 147 (2014)
The Role of Substantive Equality in Finding Sustainable Development Pathways in South Africa

handle is hein.journals/mcgijosd10 and id is 168 raw text is: The Role of Substantive Equality in Finding
Sustainable Development Pathways in South Africa

Laura Pereira*

This article explores how substantive equal-
ity, as it has been applied to the realization of
socio-economic rights in South Africa, can be
employed to shift the sustainable development
paradigm from environmentalism to poverty
eradication. Making this shift requires alter-
native pathways that counter the dominant
sustainable development discourse. This article
discusses how to open up such alternatives by
applying the legal rhetoric ofsubstantive equality
to issues ofsustainable development as presented
in cases of socio-economic rights dependent on
Cet article explore la fafon dont l'e'galite
substantive, telle qu'appliquie lors de la prise
de conscience des droits socioiconomiques
en Afrique du Sud, peut trre employle afin
que le paradigme du ddveloppement durable
se transforme de l'environnementalisme d
l'e'radication de la pauvrete. Ce deplacement
requiert des mithodes alternatives allant d
l'encontre du discours dominant en matire
de ddveloppement durable. Cet article aborde
la maniere dont ces alternatives peuvent etre
facilities, notamment par l'application d'une
rhitorique ligale de l'e'galite   substantive d
des enjeux relatifi au ddveloppement durable
tel que prisenti dans les cas oh       les droits

ecosystem goods and services, referred to here as
socio-ecological rights Under the conditions
of natural resource scarcity that are projected
in the medium- to long-term, it is important to
understand the principles governing our resource
allocating institutions. Substantive equality pro-
vides a useful context in which to start incor-
porating global environmental discourse on dis-
tributive justice into domestic legal frameworks
that recognize sustainable development as both
environmental stewardship and social justice.

socioiconomiques dtaient defrndants des biens
et des services de l'ecosysteme, ci-aprs refrs
comme des < droits socio-icologiques >. Sous
riserve de l'extinction des ressources naturelles
qui est pridite dans le moyen d long terme,
il est important de comprendre les principes
gouvernant      nos   institutions    rattachies   d
l'allocation des ressources. L'e'galiti substantive
prisente    un    contexte    utile   dans    lequel
commencer l'incorporation du discours global
environnemental sur la justice distributive
dans les structures ligales domestiques qui
reconnaissent le ddveloppement durable d lafois
comme un regulateur de l'environnement et une
justice sociale.

University of Cape Town, School of Environmental and Geographical Science. Laura completed her BSc
(Hons) at Wits University in South Africa before moving to Oxford to do an MSc (on coca in Colombia)
and DPhil (on private sector adaptation to climate change). She then became a fellow in the sustainability
science program at Harvard's Kennedy School before starting a post-doc at UCT, where she works on
orphan crop innovation for transformation in the food system. In particular, she looks at the interface
between traditional knowledge systems and more formal systems of innovation with regards to food,
nutrition, and agriculture.

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