Dr Shanelle van der Berg holds a Mellon Early Research Career Fellowship at Stellenbosch University. Van der Berg co-lectures Constitutional Law and completed her doctoral dissertation entitled A capabilities approach to the judicial review of resource allocation decisions impacting on socio-economic rights in 2015. Her research interest lies in socio-economic rights, administrative law and capabilities theory. She has published articles on meaningful engagement and the need for the adoption of a capabilities-based standard of review by South African courts, and has presented papers at national and international conferences. Van der Berg obtained her BA and LLB degrees cum laude from Stellenbosch University and obtained her Doctor of Laws (LLD) degree from the same institution in 2015. During her studies, she topped the Dean’s merit list, received the Vice-Chancellor’s award for academic excellence, and has received several scholarships for post-graduate study. She previously worked as an associate at New York-based law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2009.