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Attorney in Mining programme

The closing date (8 January 2018) has passed and applications for this position are now closed.

Based in Johannesburg or Cape Town, this position is for an admitted attorney with several years of litigation experience with a passion for environmental rights and justice, with a special focus on the impacts of mining on water, air quality, and the health and well-being of mining-affected communities.

Centre for Environmental Rights (CER) strives to reflect South Africa’s racial, cultural and gender diversity within its staff complement. All suitably qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.


Based in Johannesburg or Cape Town

Qualifications, skills and experience

  • An LLB or equivalent qualification. We prefer candidates with an LLM, preferably in environmental or mining law, but it is not a requirement for this position
  • Admission as attorney of the High Court of South Africa
  • At least 3 years’ post-qualification experience in High Court litigation, particularly Constitutional and administrative law (experience in environmental litigation will be an advantage)
  • A sound knowledge of mining law and environmental laws applicable to prospecting and mining, and excellent legal research skills
  • A sound understanding of legal and procedural requirements for environmental decision-making and legal challenges
  • Excellent writing skills with a perfectionist eye for detail
  • A sensitivity to social issues and needs of mining-affected communities
  • Excellent networking skills, and strong capabilities in building support amongst a wide range of stakeholders
  • A commitment to high quality client service
  • A passion for social and environmental justice
  • A commitment to diversity, inclusion and transformation

Key responsibilities

  • Providing hands-on expert legal advice, support and representation to the Centre’s clients, including communities and civil society organisations, on matters related to mining and the environment
  • Instituting appeals and court proceedings on behalf of the Centre’s clients, including researching, drafting and filing pleadings, motions, briefs, and other court documents
  • Providing expert input into draft environmental and mining policies and legislation
  • Engaging with regulators and other decision-makers as well as industry to support the Centre’s goals of achieving greater accountability, transparency and environmental compliance in mining
  • Training and overseeing the work of candidate attorneys at the Centre
  • Recording and sharing learning for systemic change


The Centre for Environmental Rights benchmarks its salaries for the public interest law sector. The salary offered will be dependent on the qualifications, skills and level of experience of the successful candidate, but will fall within the range R450 000-R550 000 per annum (total cost to company).

How to apply

Please send your CV, letter of motivation and complete the AA bio summary form in MS word format to: [email protected]

Contact Us

  • Cape Town

    Second Floor, Springtime Studios, 1 Scott Road, Observatory, 7925 - View Map
  • Johannesburg

    2 Sherwood Road, Forest Town, Johannesburg, 2193 - View Map

Section 24of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996

Everyone has the right to an environment that is not harmful to their health or well-being; and to have the environment protected, for the benefit of present and future generations, through reasonable legislative and other measures that prevent pollution and ecological degradation; promote conservation; and secure ecologically sustainable development and use of natural resources while promoting justifiable economic and social development.

Report a Violation

0800 205 005

Contact the National Environmental Crimes & Incidents Hotline (24 hours) or one of the national and provincial hotlines.