Loretta Feris is professor in the Institute of Marine and Environmental Law at UCT and teaches natural resources law, pollution law and international environmental law. She holds the degrees BA (law), LLB and LLD from the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa and LLM from Georgetown University in the USA. Prof Feris is an NRF rated researcher and has published widely in the area of environmental law, including environmental rights, liability for environmental damage and compliance and enforcement of environmental law.
Prof Feris runs a consultancy company in environmental law and has completed a number of contracts for government, private companies and international organisations.
She is a board member of Biowatch and Natural Justice and has until 2013 served on the board of the South African Maritime Safety Authority. She is a Law Commissioner of the World Conservation Union (IUCN) and a member of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law where she served on the teaching and capacity building committee for three years.