Anél du Plessis (BA Law, LLB, LLM, LLD) is Professor of Law at the North-West University (NWU), South Africa. She heads the LLM programme in Environmental Law and Governance as well as the subject group for Public Law. Anél lectures at the undergraduate and post-graduate level in environmental law and local government law. By 2017 she has supervised / co-supervised a total of 32 post-graduate students with 9 students in progress. Her research focuses on a combination of environmental-, local government and different aspects of human rights law and environmental governance. The most recent of her books is: “Environmental Law and Local Government in South Africa” (2015) (edited volume). She has published a total of 35 accredited scholarly publications. The most recent of the research projects she is heading is a three-year engagement (2016-2018) with Humboldt University in Berlin, sponsored by the German Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung, with the focus on “Safe and Sustainable Cities”. Anél is an elected member of the SA Young Academy of Science, an NRF rated researcher and an alumnus of the DAAD, Fulbright and Alexander von Humboldt Scholarship programmes. She is member of the Executive Committee of the Environmental Law Association of South Africa and is one of the two guardians of the Student Law Council of Potchefstroom. Anél is assistant-editor of the open-access Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal since 2007. Her Google Scholar H-index currently stands at 8.