Vernon Rive

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Associate Professor

Email: vernon.rive@aut.ac.nz

ORCID: ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0003-2237-8699

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Academic appointments:

  • Senior Lecturer in Law, Auckland University of Technology (2009 - ongoing)
  • Co-convener of the cross-faculty AUT Sustainability Research Cluster, Auckland University of Technology (2011 - 2013)
  • Chair, Board of Studies, AUT Law School, Auckland University of Technology (2016 - ongoing)

Qualifications:

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Auckland
  • Bachelor of Laws, University of Auckland
  • Master of Laws, University of Auckland
  • Enrolled Barrister and Solicitor, High Court of New Zealand
  • Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language to Adults, Royal Society of Arts
  • United Nations Accredited Media Representative - UN Framework Convention on Climate Change Conferences, United Nations
  • International Press Card, EPMU

Overview:

Vernon Rive joined the AUT Law School in 2009 after over 14 years of private practice, latterly as a partner in the Environmental/Resource Management team at the national law firm Chapman Tripp.

Vernon was admitted as Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of NZ in 1995. His legal practice focused on advice to private and public clients on the resource management and public law aspects of land transport, infrastructure, property developments, subdivisions, retail resource management, energy, waste management, and environmental due diligence investigations. He has appeared before local authorities, the Environment Court, Land Valuation Tribunal, Maori Land Court, High Court and Supreme Court on various resource management, public and private law issues.

Vernon is a co-convenor of the New Zealand Resource Management Law Association Academic Advisory Group, member of the managing committee of the New Zealand for Environmental Law, Consultant Editor of the LexisNexis Resource Management Bulletin and Affiliated Graduate Researcher at Melbourne Law School's Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness.

As Associate Head of School External Relations, Vernon is primarily responsible for managing and advancing the Law School’s relationships with key external stakeholders as well as providing strategic leadership on marketing and communications. As Chair of the Law Board of Studies, Vernon oversees and coordinates the Board’s review and development of: curriculum; quality standards of teaching; the monitoring of student performance; and procedures and criteria for the selection and admission of students.

Research interests:

Since moving from practice to academia, Vernon's research has evolved along two distinct but related lines. The first strand is New Zealand environmental/resource management (RM) law, with a focus on: (i) economic instruments as tools for environmental law and policy; (ii) biodiversity protection; (iii) environmental assessment; and (iv) domestic climate change regulation. The second strand is international environmental law. Within this strand, foci include: (i) the international legal framework for climate change responses; (ii) climate change-related displacement; and (iii) fossil fuel subsidy reform.

Vernon is a PhD candidate at the Melbourne University Law School under the supervision of Professor Michelle Foster and Associate Professor Margaret Young. His PhD research examines the capacity of a fragmented international law system to respond to issues of climate change-related displacement and migration in Oceania.

Teaching summary:

Vernon lectures International Environmental Law, Climate Change Law and Resource Management Law as elective courses for third and fourth-year law students, as well as compulsory courses in Constitutional Law and Judicial Review to second and third-year law students.

Professional activities:

Appointment, affiliation, and membership

  • AUT Law School representative and Member, Inter-law school working party Technology in Legal Education for NZ (TeLENZ) Project, Technology in Legal Education for NZ (TeLENZ) Project (2019 - ongoing)
  • Affiliated Graduate Researcher, Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, Melbourne Law School (2019 - ongoing)

Research outputs:

Books

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2019). Fossil fuel subsidy reform: An international law response. Edward Elgar. Retrieved from http://www.e-elgar.com/

  • Rive, V. J. C., & Harker, J. (2017). The laws of New Zealand. Climate change. Wellington, NZ: LexisNexis NZ Ltd.

Journal articles

  • Rive, V. (2020). International Environmental Law. New Zealand Yearbook of International Law, 16, 322-331. doi:10.1163/9789004423268_015

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2016). Reflections on the Paris Agreement. Resource Management Bulletin, 11.

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2016). Legal test for land swaps under the Conservation Act 1987. Resource Management Bulletin, 11(16).

  • Rive, V. (2016). Fossil fuel subsidy reform: A New Zealand perspective on the international law framework. New Zealand Universities Law Review, 27(1). doi:10.2139/ssrn.2830332

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2015). Re Waiheke Marinas Ltd. Resource Management Bulletin, 11(3). Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.com/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2014). [Review of book: Climate change and coastal development law in Australia, by Justine Bell]. Resource Management Journal, 2014(November). Retrieved from http://www.rmla.org.nz/product/november-2014/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2014). Climate refugee, protected person and complementary protection claims under the microscope in New Zealand's Immigration and Protection Tribunal. Australian Environment Review, 29(9). Retrieved from https://ssrn.com/abstract=2830336

  • Rive, V. (2013). A Climate Year in Review. Resource Management Bulletin, (10), 87-88.

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2013). 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). Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.com/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2013). Biodiversity offsets and compensation: another round. Resource Management Bulletin, 10(4). Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.com/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2012). Royal Forest and Bird Protection Society of New Zealand Inc v Buller Coal Ltd [2012] NZHC 2156. Resource Management Bulletin, 9(16). Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.com/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2012). West Coast Regional Council v Friends of Shearer Swamp [2012] NZRMA 45. Resource Management Bulletin, 9(13). Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.com/

  • Rive, V. (2012). Breaking new ground: the PCE on fracking risks, rules and reform. Resource Management Bulletin, (9), 187-188.

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2012). Design Principles: Review of Sections 6 and 7 Resource Management Act 1991. Resource Management Bulletin, 9(12). Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.com/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2012). Coal mines, climate change and test cases: Initial thoughts on Buller Coal. Resource Management Bulletin, 9(11). Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.com/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2010). Second wind: Project Hayes in the High Court. Resource Management Bulletin, 8(13). Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.co.nz/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2010). Friends of Shearer Swamp Inc v West Coast Regional Council. Resource Management Bulletin, 8(15). Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.co.nz/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2005). Waitakere Ranges Heritage Area Bill — more cracks in the masonry of the one-stop shop?. Resource Management Bulletin, 6(4). Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.co.nz/

Creative works

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2015). Aaron Packard, 350.Org Aotearoa On Fossil Fuel Subsidies (No. Of Pieces: 8:04) [Artefact]. Auckland: Subsidy Reform Research Project Website. Retrieved from http://www.subsidyreform.com/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2014). Suzi Kerr Interview – Production And Consumption Subsidies For Fossil Fuel (No. Of Pieces: 4:57) [Artefact]. Auckland: Subsidy Reform Research Project Website. Retrieved from http://www.subsidyreform.com/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2014). Interview – Peter Hardstaff – WWF-NZ On 2013 Report Fossil Fuel Subsidies In NZ: Government Support (No. Of Pieces: 17:11) [Artefact]. Auckland: Subsidy Reform Research Project Website. Retrieved from http://www.subsidyreform.com/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2012). Incredible Journey (No. Of Pieces: 7:09) [Artefact]. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University of technology. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/

Book chapters

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2020). International environmental law. In A. Costi (Ed.), Public international law: A New Zealand perspective. Wellington, New zealand: LexisNexis. Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.co.nz/

  • Rive, V. (2018). Anatomy of an international norm entrepreneur The friends of fossil fuel subsidy reform. In H. van Asselt, & J. Skovgaard (Eds.), The politics of fossil fuel subsidies and their reform (pp. 156-172). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. doi:10.1017/9781108241946

  • Rive, V. J. C., & Brosnahan, P. (2018). Landscape and visual. In D. Nolan (Ed.), Environmental and resource management law. Wellington, NZ: LexisNexis New Zealand. Retrieved from https://store.lexisnexis.co.nz/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2018). Forests, trees and native plants. In D. Nolan (Ed.), Environmental and Resource Management Law. Wellington, NZ: LexisNexis. Retrieved from https://store.lexisnexis.co.nz/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2018). Environmental assessment. In D. Nolan (Ed.), Environmental and resource management law. Wellington, NZ: LexisNexis. Retrieved from https://store.lexisnexis.co.nz/

  • Cochrane, T., Antonczak, L., Guinibert, M., Mulrennan, D., Rive, V., & Withell, A. (2017). A framework for designing transformative mobile learning. In A. Murphy, H. Farley, L. Dyson, & H. Jones (Eds.), Mobile Learning in Higher Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Harnessing Trends and Challenging Orthodoxies (pp. 25-43). Singapore: Springer. Retrieved from https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-981-10-4944-6_2

  • Cochrane, T., Sissons, H., Mulrennan, D., & Rive, V. (2016). Journalism and law 2:0: Collaborative curriculum redesign. In D. Parsons (Ed.), Mobile and blended learning innovations for improved learning outcomes (pp. 181-200). Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-0359-0.ch010

  • Cochrane, T., Sissons, H., Mulrennan, D., & Rive, V. (2016). Journalism 2.0: Collaborative curriculum redesign. In D. Parsons (Ed.), Mobile and Blended Learning innovations for improved Learning Outcomes (pp. 181-200). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-0359-0

  • Rive, V. (2015). Safe harbours, closed borders? New Zealand legal and policy responses to climate displacement in the South Pacific. In P. Martin, S. Z. Bigdeli, T. Daya-Winterbottom, W. du Plessis, & A. Kennedy (Eds.), The Search for Environmental Justice (pp. 221-238). Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar Publishing Limited. doi:10.4337/9781784719425

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2014). Environmental assessment. In D. Nolan (Ed.), Environmental and Resource Management Law. Wellington: LexisNexis.

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2014). Landscape and visual. In D. Nolan (Ed.), Environmental and Resource Management Law. Wellington: LexisNexis.

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2014). Forests, trees, and native plants. In D. Nolan (Ed.), Environmental and Resource Management Law. Wellington: LexisNexis.

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2014). Update on case law: Cumulative effects, "the environment" and permitted baseline. In D. Nolan (Ed.), Environmental law intensive (pp. 1-33). Wellington, NZ: New Zealand Law Society. Retrieved from http://www.lawyerseducation.co.nz/shop/Publications/14UECW.html

  • Rive, V. J. C., & Brosnahan, P. (2011). Landscapes and visual. In D. Nolan (Ed.), Environmental and Resource Management Law (pp. 995-1038). Wellington: LexisNexis. Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.co.nz/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2011). Forests, trees and native plants. In D. Nolan (Ed.), Environmental and Resource Management Law (pp. 423-476). Wellington: LexisNexis.

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2011). Environmental assessment. In D. Nolan (Ed.), Environmental and Resource Management Law (pp. 1085-1136). Wellington: Lexis Nexis. Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.com/

  • Rive, V. J. C., & Weeks, T. (2011). Adaptation to Climate Change in New Zealand. In A. Cameron (Ed.), Climate Change Law and Policy in New Zealand (pp. 346-372). Wellington: Lexis Nexis. Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.co.nz/

  • Cameron, A., & Rive, V. J. C. (2011). Emissions Trading: Setting the Scene. In Climate Change Law and Policy in New Zealand (pp. 216-238). Wellington: Lexis Nexis. Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.co.nz/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2011). New Zealand Climate Change Regulation. In Climate Change Law and Policy in New Zealand (pp. 166-213). Wellington: Lexis Nexis. Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.co.nz/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2011). International Framework. In Climate Change Law and Policy in New Zealand (pp. 50-77). Wellington: Lexis Nexis. Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.co.nz/

Conference contributions

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2017). The evolving approach of New Zealand's appellate courts to the question of standard of review in judicial review concerning notification decisions under the RMA. In Resource Management Law Association Conference 2017. Auckland.

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2016). Digital technology in environmental and public law teaching. In Australia and New Zealand Law Teachers' Association Annual Conference 2016. Wellington. Retrieved from http://www.vernonrive.com/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2015). Fossil fuel subsidy reform: a New Zealand perspective on the international law framework. In Australian and New Zealand Society of International Law. Wellington.

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2015). Climate displacement: a looming challenge for international law. In Chinese University of Political Science and Law and University of Auckland, Faculty of Law. .

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2014). New Zealand Law Society Continuing Legal Education - Update on Environmental Case Law Webinar. In New Zealand Law Society Continuing Legal Education - Update on Environmental Case Law Webinar. Wellington: New Zealand Law Society.

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2014). Climate change law and policy: litigation, negotiations, prospects. In New Zealand Higher Courts Judges Annual Conference. Nelson.

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2014). Safe Harbours, Closed Borders? New Zealand Legal and Policy Responses to Climate Displacement in the South Pacific. In 2013 IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Annual Colloquium. Hamilton: Edward Elgar.

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2014). Climate change laws and negotiations. In New Thinking on Sustainability. Wellington. Retrieved from http://www.victoria.ac.nz/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2013). RMLA Academic Advisory Group - NZ Environmental & Resource Management Law Symposium 2013 - New Zealand responses to climate change displacement in the South Pacific - Initial thoughts for a potential research proposal. In RMLA Academic Advisory Group - NZ Environmental & Resource Management Law Symposium 2013. Corner O’Connell Street & Chancery Lane.

Reports

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2013). Biodiversity offsets in New Zealand: Challenges, opportunities, options - A discussion paper prepared for Landcare Research Ltd: Biodiversity offsets in New Zealand: Challenges, opportunities, options - a discussion paper prepared for Landcare Research Ltd, December 2013. Auckland, New Zealand: Landcare Research Ltd.

Oral presentations

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2015). IILAH SEMINAR SERIES:Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform: A New Zealand Perspective on the International Law Framework. 185 Pelham Street Carlton, Melbourne.

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2015). Guest lecture: Legal issues associated with biodiversity offset mechanisms in New Zealand.. AUT Business School Building, City Campus.

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2015). Environmental law, practice & advocacy. Renton Road, Mangere, Auckland. Retrieved from http://ufolog.co/?page_id=902

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2014). AUT Learning & Technology Development Fund Presentation - Teaching Law with Technology. AUT.

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2014). International Law framework for climate change - presentation to BBus Sustainable Enterprise major paper Climate Change and Emissions Strategies 346001. AUT.

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2010). Climate Change liability: a wicked problem for councils, consultants and developers. Wellington.

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2010). Native Earth/Alien Nation: Indigenous perspectives on biodiversity Law and policy in New Zealand and Australia. Canberra.

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2010). Climate change law and policy in New Zealand. Fort St, Auckland.

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2010). Water Allocation law and policy with the New Zealand. Fort St, Auckland.

Working paper/discussions

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2013). Guided by an Invisible Bulldozer? A Critical Analysis of an Economic Approach to the Resource Management Act 1991.

Other outputs

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2015). Guest Editorial - Climate change and displacement: new perspectives from Paris.

    http://paristext2015.com/2015/12/guest-editorial-vernon-rive/. Victoria University. Retrieved from http://paristext2015.com/2015/12/guest-editorial-vernon-rive/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2015). PCE Report on sea level rise and editorial changes. In Resource Management Bulletin (Iss. 8).

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2015). For good measure: the Environmental Reporting Act 2015. In Resource Management Bulletin (Iss. 7).

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2015). The ongoing relevance of Discount Brands to notification decisions: A question unresolved. In Resource Management Bulletin (Iss. 5). LexisNexis.

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2014). Environmental legislation and policy priorities: what is on the horizon for 2015 and beyond?. In Resource Management Bulletin (Iss. 16).

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2013). Friends with Benefits: Fossil Fuel Subsidies at the COP19 Climate Talks. Vernon Rive, as lead researcher of New Zealand Law Foundation-supported project: Fossil Fuel Subsidy Reform, a New Zealand Perspective. Retrieved from http://www.subsidyreform.com/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2013). Fossil Fuel Subsidies at COP19, Warsaw. Retrieved from http://www.subsidyreform.com/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2013). Salmon Run: Final Hurdle for Aquaculture Plan Change and Consents. In Resource Management Bulletin (Iss. 5).

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2013). Formerly New Zealand’s Fourth Most Climate Refugee. Point Source (Environmental and Public Law Blog operated by the author). Retrieved from http://www.pointsource.co.nz/

  • Rive, V. (2013). Proposed RMA reboot draws ire. In LawNews (weekly publication of the Auckland District Law Society). Auckland District Law Society. Retrieved from https://www.adls.org.nz/about-us/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2013). RM reforms phase 2: return of the economists. In Resource Management Bulletin (Iss. 1). LexisNexis. Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.com/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2013). A climate law year in review. In Resource Management Bulletin (Iss. 8). LexisNexis. Retrieved from https://advance.lexis.com/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2012). Breaking new ground: the PCE on fracking risks, rules and reform. In Resource Management Bulletin (Iss. 16). LexisNexis. Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.com/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2012). Bringing the house down: affordable housing and the RMA. In Resource Management Bulletin (Iss. 15). LexisNexis. Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.com/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2012). A tale of two BIMs: Sir Humphrey and the inadequacy of incremental improvements. In ACM Journal on Educational Resources in Computing (Iss. 9). LexisNexis. Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.com/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2011). All at sea: some initial reflections on the MV Rena spill. In Resource Management Bulletin (Iss. 7). Lexis Nexis. Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.co.nz/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2011). Fluid Dynamics: New Zealand Water Law and Policy in 2011. In Resource Management Bulletin (Iss. 1). Lexis Nexis. Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.co.nz/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2011). Beacons in the Fog: National Policy Instruments under the RMA. In Resource Management Bulletin (Iss. 3). Lexis Nexis. Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.co.nz/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2011). Ko Aotearoa Tenei: Report of the Waitangi Tribunal on Wai 262. In Resource Management Bulletin (Iss. 5). Lexis Nexis. Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.co.nz/

  • Rive, V. J. C. (2011). On Balance: Some preliminary observations on the Exclusive Economic Zone and Continental Shelf (Environmental Effects) Bill 2011. In Resource Management Bulletin (Iss. 6). Lexis Nexis. Retrieved from http://www.lexisnexis.co.nz/

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