Who may join the ELA?

Anyone can become a member of the ELA, provided you have an active interest in the development and application of environmental law in line with the right to an environment not harmful to health or wellbeing entrenched in section 24 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996. Environmental law students and academics, environmental consultants and assessment practitioners, government officials and lawyers more generally will benefit from ELA activities such as networking and educational events, research projects, commenting on environmental-related legislation, informative weekly newsletters, and more.

What does it cost?

Standard membership fee:
R600-00 per year (2024)

Reduced membership fee (full-time students, seniors and candidate attorneys):
R250-00 per year (2024)

Duration of membership

Membership is renewed annually, and effective from January to December each year.
Members are urged to inform the ELA Secretariat () of any changes in their contact details to ensure effective communication.

How do I apply?

In order to ensure seamless access to Membership Benefits, it is preferable to apply and pay for your membership online, following the steps below. However, if you would like to request an invoice before making payment, please email us at .
Step 1. Click on either the ‘STANDARD MEMBERSHIP’ button, or the ‘STUDENT/SENIORS/CANDIDATE ATTORNEYS MEMBERSHIP’ button below, to be directed to our secure payment portal, to pay for your membership.
Step 2. Once you have paid for your membership you will be required complete an online membership form like the one picture below.
Step 3. An email will be sent to you requesting you to set up your login details, so that you can access Membership Benefits on this website, and you will be given the option to request an invoice confirming your payment.