Loretta Feris

Loretta Feris is currently the vice-principal: academic at the University of Pretoria. Prior to this, she worked as a law professor at the UP Law Faculty, having rejoined UP in February 2022. She was deputy vice-chancellor of transformation, student affairs and social responsiveness at the University of Cape Town (UCT). She held numerous leadership roles at UCT, including being director of the Institute of Marine and Environmental Law as well as director of research, both roles at the Faculty of Law. Feris has 28 years of experience as an established scholar, with international standing and commendable scholarly work, with eight years of her experience at a senior management level. She has experience in teaching and learning through her participation in multiple academic committees, including the UCT teaching and learning, language and social responsiveness committees. From 2004 to 2009, Feris was associate professor of law and programme manager of the International Trade and Investment Law in Africa programme at UP. Prior to that, she was involved in several roles at the Washington College of Law, American University, Washington, DC, in the United States of America (USA).

In 1988, Feris obtained a BA degree in law at Stellenbosch University (SU), as well as an LLB in 1990. In 1994, she completed her LLM at Georgetown University Law Centre, USA. She holds a doctoral degree in environmental law, an interdisciplinary field, from SU. She is a member of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) Academy for Environmental Law, where she has also served as a committee member on the teaching and training committee; she was requested to serve in a task team that was exploring innovative teaching methodologies for environmental law. She has served as an expert in the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Montevideo process, focusing on the development of environmental law at a global level. She was one of two lead academics for the global development of the Curriculum on Compliance with and Enforcement of Multilateral Environmental Agreements, commissioned by IUCN and UNEP. Feris serves on the board of Biowatch and chairs the Board of Natural Justice, both civil society organisations with a strong focus on environmental justice.

Ons is nie almal so nie

Loretta Feris Opinion 2023-11-07

"Addressing structural racism in South Africa requires a comprehensive and sustained effort from government, but also from us as citizens, who fundamentally believe that 'ons is nie almal so nie'. It necessitates policies that promote economic empowerment, educational equality and social parity."