Joanna joined the Climate and Forests programme in 2020, where she works on a range of issues related to improving forest governance in West Africa.


Joanna was admitted as an attorney in South Africa in 2016. In addition to working in private practice, she has also worked as a researcher at the South African Constitutional Court and at the University of Cape Town’s Land and Accountability Research Centre, where she focused on issues affecting mine-hosting communities in South Africa’s former ‘homelands’.


Joanna holds a Bachelor of Arts in French and Law and an LL.B from Rhodes University, a Master in European law from the University of Toulouse I Capitole, and a Master in Human Rights and Humanitarian Action from the Paris School of International Affairs, SciencesPo.

The climate crisis threatens both the environment and our fundamental human rights. Like my colleagues at ClientEarth, I know that tackling this issue is a matter of urgency - and the law is a particularly important tool in driving the systemic change we need.

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