Namibian-born Klaus D. Beiter holds B.Iur. LL.B. degrees (both obtained with distinction) from the University of South Africa, Pretoria, and a doctorate in international human rights law (obtained summa cum laude) from Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany, where he wrote his thesis on the right to education in international law under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Bruno Simma (formerly a Judge at the International Court of Justice). Since 1998, he is admitted as a Legal Practitioner of the High Court of Namibia.
Anél du Plessis is Professor of Law and Acting Director: Research at the North-West University (NWU). Her scholarship focuses on the nexus area of environmental-, local government and different aspects of human rights law and city governance. She is editor of the first and still only extensive volume on South African environmental and local government law. She has published widely and supervised more than 40 post-graduate students and post-doctoral scholars in these areas. She coordinates the NWU's LLM Programme in Environmental Law and Governance since 2015.
Taught law from 1974 in the Faculty of Law in Potchefstroom, South Africa – since 1980 as full professor. Multiple recipient between 1979 and 2019 of research funding from the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. Alumnus of the Max-Planck-Institut für ausländisches öffentliches Recht und Völkerrecht, Heidelberg. Participated in the South African constitution writing process 1990-1995. Founded P E R (Potchefstroom Electronic Law Journal) in 1998. Dean of Law 2001-2012. President of the South African Law Deans' Association 2009-2010.