Anél du Plessis (BA, LLB, LLM, LLD) is Professor of Law at the Faculty of Law, North-West University (Potchefstroom Campus), South Africa.
She has lectured, published and supervised postgraduate students in the fields of human rights, constitutional law, local government law, environmental law and sustainability governance since 2005. She serves as study supervisor and assistant study supervisor for approximately 20 doctoral/master’s students who are engaged in research on different dimensions of local government and environmental law. Since 2006 Anél has been heading a research project entitled Local Government and Environmental Rights, which was initially funded by the National Research Foundation of South Africa (NRF). Her research and scholarly work, as well as that of her postgraduate students link directly and indirectly with the focus of this project, namely the critical exploration and development of the environmental law and local government interface in the South African and developing country context. In recent years, the Faculty of Law initiated and/or participated in a number of other joint research projects that have served to complement the outcomes of this Faculty project. These include an environmental bye-laws project for the North West provincial government and an environmental rights and good local governance project for the German Konrad Adenauer Foundation. Anél is editor of the first comprehensive book that unpacks the environmental law mandate of local government in South Africa. The book is published by Juta and is expected to appear towards the end of 2013.
Anél teaches local government law at undergraduate and postgraduate level and is involved in the NWU Centre for Environmental Management's environmental law training programmes for local authorities. She is Assistant Editor of the Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal (PELJ) and member of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law and the IUCN Commission of Environmental Law. Anél is the regional representative of the Environmental Law Association of South Africa in the North West Province and serves as the Chairperson of the Curriculum Committee of the Academic Partnership for Environment and Development in Africa. She is an appointed member of both the Volkswagen Global Young Academy (2010) and the South African Young Academy of Science (2012). Anél is actively involved in the activities of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI), as well as IAIAsa. She is a former DAAD and Fulbright scholar and was recently awarded the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law’s Junior Scholarship and Junior Teaching awards (2012/2013).