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Associate Professor of Law, University of Auckland, Waipapa Taumata Rau

Vernon is an Associate Professor at Auckland Law School. Prior to commencing a full-time academic career, Vernon practiced environmental, planning and public law in Auckland, latterly as a partner at New Zealand national commercial law firm Chapman Tripp.

His teaching and research activities focus on four (related) areas of interest: public law, climate change law, international environmental law and New Zealand environmental law. Throughout his academic career, he has lectured in Public Law, Constitutional Law, Judicial Review, International Law, International Environmental Law, Resource Management Law and Climate Change Law.

He has published widely in the areas of environmental and international environmental law. In 2019, his research on a 5-year New Zealand Law Foundation-supported project critiquing New Zealand and international law responses to fossil fuel subsidies culminated in the publication of a monograph Fossil Fuel Subsidies: an International Law Response published by Edward Elgar. He is the author of Laws of New Zealand: Climate Change (LexisNexis NZ, Wellington, 2017); “International Environmental Law” in Alberto Costi (ed) Public International Law: A New Zealand Perspective (1st ed, LexisNexis NZ, Wellington, 2020); “Environmental Assessment” in Derek Nolan (ed) Environmental and Resource Management Law (7th ed, LexisNexis NZ, 2020).


  • 2023–present
    Associate Professor, University of Auckland