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Ernst Müller

Ernst Müller

Senior Associate

Ernst is an ESG and Natural Resources Law specialist based in Johannesburg.



Ernst is a "Natural Scientist turned Regulatory Lawyer".

Owing to his background in Environmental Sciences, his practice tends to focus on the laws that govern the exploitation of natural resources. Axiomatically, he also have a passion for sustainable development and environmental, social, and governance (ESG) related matters. In light of this, he is well versed in environmental, mineral and petroleum,  labour, administrative and constitutional, as well as general commercial law.

In addition to advising clients on the law, Ernst represent them in negotiations, transactional work, judicial review proceedings, international arbitrations, and high court litigation.

Ernst's clients include governments, local communities and multinational organisations. The latter include entities that are listed on the Johannesburg, London, New York, Singapore and Indian Stock Exchanges and which have operations in various Sub-Saharan African jurisdictions.

Ernst's experience includes advising:

  • Numerous multinationals on various aspects of the ESG Regulatory Regime as well as the ESG and or Sustainability Annual Reports 
  • The International Lawyers Project (on a pro bono basis) and the Green Hydrogen Organisation as lead associate on the latter's model green hydrogen contracts project
  • a confidential bidder on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's competitive licensing round for the Khnaiguiyah Site
  • Some of the largest multinational private security companies on the divestiture and localisation requirements imposed under the recently enacted South Africa's Private Security Industry Regulation Amendment Act, 2014 
  • The Saudi Ministry of Industry and Mineral Resources on matters related to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia's new mineral law regime



Ernst holds Bachelor of Science (Environmental Sciences)(Cum Laude) and Bachelor of Science Honours (Environmental Management and Analysis)(Cum Laude) degrees from the University of Pretoria, a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Cape Town and a certificate in Advanced Administrative Law (Cum laude) from the University of the Witwatersrand.  He is currently enrolled for a Master of Laws (by dissertation) degree with the University of the Witwatersrand where his research focusses on the intersection between Global Administrative and International Human Rights Law.

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