Kirsten Youens


Kirsten was admitted as an attorney of the High Court in 2001 and worked in leading Durban law firms from 1999 until opening her own environmental law practice in 2006. After graduating cum laude from her environmental law masters degree in 2003 she continued to focus her career on nature conservation, development and planning law, environmental litigation, remediation and pollution law as well as corporate policy and 14001 compliance auditing. In 2013, conservation and human rights issues prompted her to move towards working in the public interest law sector and Kirsten’s involvement in the Save Our iMfolozi Wilderness campaign paved the way for her joining the Centre in January 2017. Kirsten was granted right of appearance in the High Court in August 2016 and holds a B.Soc.Sci, LLB and LLM from the University of Natal. Kirsten is a PADI Dive Master and has a black belt in Hapkido. She spends her spare time in, on, or under the sea, trail running and going on adventures in remote, wild places.