Dr Cheri Young is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the DST/NRF Mineral Law in Africa Chair (Department of Private Law, University of Cape Town). She obtained her PhD degree from the University of Cape Town in 2014. She is an admitted attorney of the High Court of South Africa. She currently teaches a number of specialist courses at the University of Cape Town at final-year and Masters level, including Advanced Property: Expropriation Law, Comparative Mineral Law in Africa, Property Law in a Constitutional Order, Mineral Law in South Africa, Oil and Gas Law, and Mine Contracts Negotiation. She has also lectured Environmental Law at the University of Stellenbosch.

Her interests include natural resources law, including water, minerals and land, governance and administrative law. She is particularly interested in the study of legal frameworks that facilitate and promote the just and equitable sharing of natural resources, and how various shareholders contribute to achieving a balance in respect of competing interests in this field. She also researches and has published pieces on property law and theory.

Other positions/recognitions include: AW Mellon Fellow, UCT; Reviewer: African Mining Legislation Atlas (2015); UCT Future Water Institute (from 2016); Co-editor, Annual Law Survey Namibia; Editorial Advisory Board, Studies in Housing Law.