Ariane Nevin completed a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, Politics and History and subsequently pursued her interest in human rights by earning a postgraduate degree in Law at the University of Cape Town. During her time at UCT, she participated in student activism and community outreach and became a member of Students for Law and Social Justice, a national student movement dedicated to protecting human rights, preventing discrimination and promoting the rule of law. In 2013 Nevin joined SECTION27 as a fellow, where she worked on issues relating to the right to education. After completing her fellowship, she remained at SECTION27 as a junior researcher and expanded her portfolio to include access to healthcare. Nevin plans to pursue a career in public interest law, and hopes to focus on issues relating to healthcare access. She was the 2015/2016 Policy Development and Advocacy Unit Fellow. After her fellowship, she became the National Prisons Specialist. In July 2018, she started clerking at the Constitutional Court.
“The fellowship has given me the opportunity to think critically and strategically about the practice of public interest law, and about my role as a public interest advocate. The LL.M provided me with an important gender and race perspective that will continue to frame my work at Sonke and beyond; and the work we do in the PDA unit for the transformation of prisons is both challenging and rewarding, providing me with a space to apply the lessons learnt in the course of my LL.M, and to grow and hone my research and advocacy skills and experience.”