Kate Handley is the co-founder and Executive Director of the Biodiversity Law Centre. She holds an LLB and LLM in Environmental Law from the University of Cape Town with her research interests focusing on the policy and regulatory framework pertaining to biodiversity and protected areas. Kate is an experienced environmental attorney, having worked for more than a decade in private practice advising public and private sector clients, as well as civil society organisations, on a range of environmental and administrative law issues.
Always one to explore, in 2019, Kate embarked on the Pacific Crest Trail, hiking 2500km through the old growth forests and staggeringly beautiful mountains of California and Oregon. Passionate about the ecology of pristine habitats and the long-standing and integral coexistence of communities and wild spaces, Kate believes in the power of law to shape meaningful change. Kate’s connection with nature extends to her student days and has not only prompted a diverse career as an environmental lawyer, but also informs her vision of the Biodiversity Law Centre as an organisation which has an enduring impact on ensuring the preservation and flourishing of indigenous ecosystems.
Nina Braude is an experienced litigator, having advised a range of commercial and pro-bono NGO clients in relation to public law and constitutional matters. She holds an LLB from the University of Cape Town and Bachelor of Civil Laws from the University of Oxford with her academic interests focusing on comparative environmental law and human rights as well as sustainable livelihoods. Nina previously worked in the development sector and as a secondary school teacher, holding a PGCE and MSc in Development Management.
Her varied experiences growing up along Cape Town’s coast; living, learning and working in Ethiopia’s desert; the UK’s pebbly beaches, inland waterways and meadows and Johannesburg urban jungle have inspired Nina to work towards protecting diverse habitats and engaging with the livelihoods and stories of the people living and co-existing within them. Always ready to explore, she hopes to bring a multi-disciplinary approach to strategic litigation and advocacy in the interests of strengthening national and regional biodiversity frameworks; building a robust environmental jurisprudence and ensuring that our unique habitats remain to be explored by future generations.