Alexander Paterson is a professor of law in IMEL and convenes its Postgraduate Programmes on Environmental Law and Marine & Environmental Law. He joined the Institute Law in 2004 and holds a BSocSci LLB LLM (Environmental Law) PhD from the University of Cape Town. Prior to joining the Institute he practised as an environmental attorney at Winstanley Smith and Cullinan Inc. and environmental consultant with EnAct International. He has also worked in the NGO sector monitoring the progression of environmental legislation through Parliament. Alexander serves on the board of various regional and national institutions and is assistant editor of the South African Journal of Environmental Law.
He is furthermore a Governing Board member of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law and an active member of the IUCN World Commission of Environmental Law (WCEL), IUCN World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA) and the Joint Task Force on Protected Areas of the WCPA and WCEL. His areas of interest and research include biodiversity, protected areas, land use planning and incentive-based environmental regulation. On weekends you will find him up a mountain or surfing in the cold Atlantic Ocean.