Phil Snijman spent the first ten years of his career as legal practitioner in South Africa, mostly as state prosecutor and advocate. In 2002 he was appointed as consultant legal advisor to the then South African Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism’s Marine and Coastal Management Branch (currently DAFF), tasked to ensure effective enforcement and prosecution of fisheries offences, a position he held till 2006. During the same period he was part of the team that set up and conducted prosecutions at the Environmental Court under delegation from the National Prosecuting Authority.
Since then he has been acting as environmental legal consultant on various projects for government departments and other organs of state, tertiary institutions and has advised various corporate and private clients. Phil has also done extensive work in Eastern and Northern Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands region on regional fisheries matters, mostly for the IOC Smartfish and the ACP Fish II European Union sponsored projects. He has been actively involved in the training of prosecutors, environmental management inspectors, fisheries inspectors and other legal and environmental practitioners, as well as the drafting of various enforcement manuals and standard operating procedures.
Phil holds the degrees BA LLB and MPhil (Environmental Management) from the University of Stellenbosch, and a LLM (Environmental Law) from the University of Cape Town, has contributed to various academic publications and has been appointed as extraordinary lecturer to the Centre for Environmental Studies at the University of Pretoria since 2011. He is a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL) and was appointed as Training Manager at the FishFORCE Law Enforcement Academy at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in August 2016.