NZ Centre for Environmental Law


Vernon Rive

Management Committee, External Member

Vernon Rive

BA LLB LLM (Envir) (Hons) (Auckland)

Profile

Vernon Rive joined the School of Law at AUT University Law School in 2009 after over 14 years of private practice, latterly as a partner in the Environmental/Resource Management team at one of New Zealand’s leading national commercial law firms Chapman Tripp.

Since commencing a career as a full time legal academic in 2009, his research activities have focused on three key areas of interest: climate change law, international environmental law and New Zealand environmental law. These research interests align with his teaching commitments which include lecturing in International Environmental Law and Resource Management Law as elective courses for 3rd and 4th year law students, as well as a core second-year course in Judicial Review.

As sole or co-author, Vernon contributed four chapters to the 2011 LexisNexis book Climate Change Law and Policy in New Zealand, which drew together a group of leading legal and policy researchers with established reputations as commentators on climate change law and policy. His chapters on New Zealand Climate Change Regulation and Adaptation were the first time that a comprehensive critical analysis of New Zealand law and its underlying policy (tracing and commenting on developments in this area since 1988) had been undertaken.

 

As a result of contacts made during the course of the Climate Change Law and Policy research, Vernon was asked to attend a number of invite-only roundtables on climate change law and policy hosted by the Victoria University Institute for Governance and Policy Studies, and to give a number of conference presentations including at the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand’s Annual Conference in Wellington in October 2010.

Vernon’s research in this area was also instrumental in securing United Nations accreditation to attend the UN COP17 Framework Convention on Climate Change Conference in Durban, South Africa in December 2011, where he was one of the very small number of New Zealanders commenting on the historic negotiations. He undertook a similar role in June 2012 at the UN ‘Rio+20’ Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, where he had the opportunity of observing proceedings covering a wide range of international law and policy. While based at the Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, in 2013, he participated in the WTO Public Forum in Geneva, Switzerland and COP19 UNFCCC event in Warsaw, Poland.

In September 2011, Vernon contributed two chapters as sole author and one as lead author to a new edition of New Zealand environmental law textbook Environmental and Resource Management Law (LexisNexis, 2011). This text – now in its 4th edition – has an established reputation as a source of legal commentary on a wide range of New Zealand environmental/resource management laws, with a group of authors who include leading practitioners, academics and a senior member of the judiciary. His publishing output, alongside his editorship of the Resource Management Bulletin led, in February 2012, to an invitation to author a new title of the Laws of New Zealand on Climate Change Law.

 

Vernon is also a practicing barrister – see www.vernonrive.co.nz and hosts an environmental law blog  www.point-source.co.nz.

 

Research, publishing and media positions

General Editor LexisNexis Resource Management Bulletin 2003-2004, 2010 – present

Management Committee Member, New Zealand Centre for Environmental Law

Member, Resource Management Law Association Academic Advisory Group Steering Committee February 2014 - present

Correspondent - Idealog Magazine 2011 - present


United Nations - accredited media representative UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 19th Conference of Parties, Warsaw, Poland November 2013.

United Nations - accredited media representative UN ‘Rio+20’ Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio de Janeiro, June 2012.


United Nations - accredited media representative, UN Framework Convention on Climate Change 17th Conference of Parties, Durban, South Africa December 2011.

Contributor and headnotes editor - Resource Management Appeals 2001 - 2003


Selected publications

V. Rive, “Safe Harbours, Closed Borders? New Zealand Legal and Policy Responses to Climate Displacement in the South Pacific” 2013 IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Annual Colloquium, Hamilton, 24 Jun 2013 - 28 Jun 2013. Edward Elgar, London April 2014 (forthcoming)

V. Rive, “International Climate Change Negotiations: Status and Prospects” New Thinking on Sustainability Conference, Wellington, 14 Feb 2014 - 16 Feb 2014.

V. Rive, “A Climate Law Year in Review Resource Management Bulletin”10(8):87-88 01 Dec 2013.

V. Rive “Friends with Benefits: Fossil Fuel Subsidies at the COP19 Climate Talks” Internet publication. Vernon Rive, as lead researcher of New Zealand Law Foundation-supported project: Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform, a New Zealand Perspective. 21 Nov 2013

V. Rive “Salmon Run: Final Hurdle for Aquaculture Plan Change and Consents” Resource Management Bulletin 10(5):73-75 01 Nov 2013

V. Rive “Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Incorporated v Buller District Council and West Coast Regional Council” [2013] NZHC 1324 Resource Management Bulletin 10(5):59-62 01 Sep 2013

V. Rive “Biodiversity offsets and compensation: another round” Resource Management Bulletin 10(4):44-48 01 May 2013

V. Rive “RM reforms phase 2: return of the economists” Resource Management Bulletin 10(1): 1-2 01 Mar 2013

V. Rive, “Bringing the house down: affordable housing and the RMA” Resource Management Bulletin 9(15):177-178 01 Nov 2012

V. Rive “Don’t worry, be happy? Rio+20 - the aftermath” Resource Management Journal October 2012

V. Rive “Design Principles: Review of Sections 6 and 7 Resource Management Act 1991” (2012) 9 BRMB 143.

V. Rive “Coal mines, climate change and test cases: initial thoughts on Buller Coal” (2012) 9 BRMB 129. V. Rive “International Framework” in A Cameron (ed) Climate Change Law and Policy in New Zealand (Lexis Nexis, Wellington, 2011) at ch 2.

V. Rive “New Zealand Climate Change Regulation” in A Cameron (ed) Climate Change Law and Policy in New Zealand (Lexis Nexis, Wellington, 2011) at ch 5.

Alastair Cameron and Vernon Rive “Emissions Trading: Setting the Scene” in A Cameron (ed) Climate Change Law and Policy in New Zealand (Lexis Nexis, Wellington, 2011) at ch 6.

V. Rive and Teresa Weeks, "Adaptation to Climate Change in New Zealand” in A Cameron (ed) Climate Change Law and Policy in New Zealand (Lexis Nexis, Wellington, 2011) at ch 9.

V. Rive “Forests, trees and native Plants” in D Nolan (ed) Environmental and Resource Management Law (4th ed, Lexis Nexis, Wellington, 2011) at ch 6.

V. Rive and Paula Brosnahan “Landscapes and visual” in D Nolan (ed) Environmental and Resource Management Law (4th ed, Lexis Nexis, Wellington, 2011) at ch 16.

V. Rive “Environmental Assessment” in D Nolan (ed) Environmental and Resource Management Law (4th ed, Lexis Nexis, Wellington, 2011) at ch 18.

V. Rive “Fluid Dynamics: New Zealand water law and policy in 2011” (2011) 9 BRMB 1 V. Rive “Second wind: Project Hayes in the High Court” (2010) 8 BRMB 153
V. Rive “Friends of Shearer Swamp v West Coast Regional Council” (2010) 8 BRMB 183

V. Rive, “Native Earth/Alien Nation: Indigenous perspectives on biodiversity Law and policy in New Zealand and Australia” Conference presentation to the National Environmental Law Association of Australia (Canberra, 22 October 2010)

V. Rive “Climate Change liability: a wicked problem for councils, consultants and developers” Conference presentation to the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand (Wellington, 28 October 2010)

V. Rive and L. Hinchey “Auckland Local Governance Reforms: Legal Perspectives” at New Zealand Planning Institute Seminar, Auckland, 12 August 2009

V. Rive “Auckland Governance” at Fast Tracking National Infrastructure Summit, Wellington, April 2009

V. Rive and E. Steane “A Quiet Simmer: Increasing Role for Climate Change in Planning and Development in New Zealand” at Conferenz Climate Change and the Law Conference, Wellington, September 2008

V. Rive “Climate Change in the Courts: Overseas Developments” at Environmental Law and Climate Change Conference, Wellington, April 2008

V. Rive “Land Transport Management Act 2003: One Year On - Legal and Practical Perspectives” at Towards Sustainable Land Transport Conference, Wellington, 2004

V. Rive “Energy Projects under the Kyoto Regime: Key Legal Issues for New Ventures” at Energy Federation of NZ Climate Change Projects Conference, 2003

V. Rive “Resolving Conflict by Consensus: Environmental Mediation under the Resource

V. Rive and Paula Brosnahan “Landscapes and visual” in D Nolan (ed) Environmental and Resource Management Law (4th ed, Lexis Nexis, Wellington, 2011) at ch 16.

V. Rive “Environmental Assessment” in D Nolan (ed) Environmental and Resource Management Law (4th ed, Lexis Nexis, Wellington, 2011) at ch 18.

V. Rive “Fluid Dynamics: New Zealand water law and policy in 2011” (2011) 9 BRMB 1 V. Rive “Second wind: Project Hayes in the High Court” (2010) 8 BRMB 153
V. Rive “Friends of Shearer Swamp v West Coast Regional Council” (2010) 8 BRMB 183

V. Rive, “Native Earth/Alien Nation: Indigenous perspectives on biodiversity Law and policy in New Zealand and Australia” Conference presentation to the National Environmental Law Association of Australia (Canberra, 22 October 2010)

V. Rive “Climate Change liability: a wicked problem for councils, consultants and developers” Conference presentation to the Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand (Wellington, 28 October 2010)

V. Rive and L. Hinchey “Auckland Local Governance Reforms: Legal Perspectives” at New Zealand Planning Institute Seminar, Auckland, 12 August 2009

V. Rive “Auckland Governance” at Fast Tracking National Infrastructure Summit, Wellington, April 2009

V. Rive and E. Steane “A Quiet Simmer: Increasing Role for Climate Change in Planning and Development in New Zealand” at Conferenz Climate Change and the Law Conference, Wellington, September 2008

V. Rive “Climate Change in the Courts: Overseas Developments” at Environmental Law and Climate Change Conference, Wellington, April 2008

V. Rive “Land Transport Management Act 2003: One Year On - Legal and Practical Perspectives” at Towards Sustainable Land Transport Conference, Wellington, 2004

V. Rive “Energy Projects under the Kyoto Regime: Key Legal Issues for New Ventures” at Energy Federation of NZ Climate Change Projects Conference, 2003

V. Rive “Resolving Conflict by Consensus: Environmental Mediation under the Resource Management Act 1991” (1997) 1 NZJEL 201