Prof Melanie Murcott, University of Cape Town

Prof Murcott is a legal scholar with an LLD from North-West University (2020). She is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Marine and Environmental Law of the Department of Public Law, University of Cape Town. She is enrolled as a practising attorney of the High Court of South Africa, and non-practising solicitor in England and Wales. Her research focuses on potential of environmental and administrative law to achieve societal transformation and justice in South Africa and beyond, particularly in response to the climate crisis. Her research led to the development of a novel legal theory: transformative environmental constitutionalism, discussed in her monologue published by Brill in 2022, with the same name. Prof Murcott’s scholarship has been cited in several judgments of the South African courts, including the Constitutional Court.