ELA Executive Committee
Chair: Peter Kantor
Peter Kantor is an environmental lawyer and an advocate, practicing in Cape Town as Kantor Legal Services cc. He was previously attorney and partner at Herold Gie Attorneys. He also practices labour and constitutional law. Peter has specialized in environmental law since 1995 and has been involved in advice, litigation, representing communities and management consultancy in multiple aspects of environmental law. He served on the ELA national committee in 1997.
Vice Chair: Catherine Warburton
Catherine Warburton established Warburton Attorneys and IMBEWU Sustainability Legal Specialists (Pty) Ltd in the year 2000 and has acted as the Managing Partner of Warburton Attorneys and the Managing Director of IMBEWU for fifteen years (see www.warburtons.co.za and www.imbewu.co.za). Catherine has more than twenty years of practical experience in the field of environmental law in South Africa. Her experience has been mainly developed across a broad spectrum of large industrial and mining concerns. Catherine has been involved in the environmental legal aspects of the Gautrain Project as specialist advisor since 2002 and has advised on a number of development projects and climate and energy related projects. She completed her dissertation for her Master of Laws at Wits University in 2014 with distinction. Whilst working as in-house Environmental Legal Counsel for Anglo American she completed a two and a half year international sustainable development training programme entitled LEAD (i.e. Leadership for the Environment and Development). In 2012, she further completed a Sustainability Reporting Course, certified by the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI).
In 2013 and 2014, Catherine was listed as one of the Best Environmental Lawyers in South Africa by Best Lawyers SA (published in the Business Day on 23 October 2013 and 30 October 2014) and was ranked in the Chambers & Partners Guide (Environmental) and Who's Who Legal (Mining) in SA in 2015. She currently serves as the Chairperson of the Law Society of South Africa's Committee for Environmental Law. She also serves as the Vice-Chairperson of the Environmental Law Association. With effect from 1 April 2015, Catherine is a member of the Gauteng MEC's External EIA Appeals Advisory Panel.
Gauteng Representative: Stewart Green
Stewart Green is a Divisional Head for Legal Compliance at the City of Ekurhuleni in Gauteng, where he leads a team of Environmental Management Inspectors responsible for monitoring and enforcing environmental compliance in one of the most industrialised municipalities in Africa. Previously, he was the national co-ordinator for Section 30 of NEMA (environmental emergency incidents) at the Department of Environmental Affairs in Pretoria. He has worked for all three spheres of government and credits local government as being the most challenging of the three. He holds an MSc degree from Natal (UKZN) and an MPhil degree in environmental law from UCT.
Limpopo Representative: Ademola Oluborode Jegede (Phd)
Ademola Oluborode JEGEDE is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Public and International Law, University of Venda, Thohoyandou, 0950, South Africa. He holds degrees from Obafemi Awolowo University Ile-Ife, University of Ibadan and the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria. He has been a research visitor to the Centre for International Environmental Law, USA and Human Rights Institute at Abo Akademi, Finland. His research focuses on the interface of environmental issues with human rights of vulnerable groups and general international human rights law.
Gauteng Representative: Melanie Murcott
Melanie Murcott is a lecturer in administrative law and environmental law at the University of Pretoria. She obtained her LLB with distinction at the University of Cape Town. Her LLM, awarded with distinction at the University of Pretoria, focussed on the role of environmental justice in socio-economic rights litigation in South Africa. Melanie is admitted in the High Court of South Africa and the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Prior to becoming a lecturer, Melanie was a partner at Hogan Lovells, where she practised commercial litigation, including in the fields of administrative and environmental law.