Melissa joined Natural Justice in July 2019 as the Climate Change Programme Manager (Part-time).
Melissa is an attorney of the High Court of South Africa, specialising in environmental and planning law for nine years. She holds a Bachelor of Science (Environmental Science) degree and a Bachelor of Laws degree from Rhodes University. She also completed the coursework component of a Master of Laws with modules in Land Use & planning, Natural Resource Law, International Environmental Law and Pollution Control Law
Melissa is an attorney at Cullinan and Associates. Her experience also includes working with Enact International and Shepstone and Wylie Attorneys.
Her experience includes drafting legislation from local to national level, contributions to several publications, administrative law and legal review processes and their relationship to the constitution, environmental licencing and compliance, due diligence and legal compliance auditing, legal research into environmental laws in 17 African countries, access to information applications, training on environmental law to non-lawyers, litigation including High Court and Supreme Court of Appeal Applications and submissions in response to government legislative proposals.