Advisory Council

The Climate Justice Programme is pleased and grateful to have Expert Advisors who assist our work and help it meet the highest standards. Our Advisory Council is currently made up of the following esteemed international lawyers:

Peter Roderick (Expert Advisor)

Peter Roderick is a UK-based barrister with over 20 years’ of experience in private practise, the oil industry, academia and the public interest environmental section, and was Friends of the Earth’s lawyer in London from 1996. Peter Roderick was previously a Director of the Climate Justice Programme.

Roda Verheyen (Expert Advisor)

Roda Verheyen is an environmental lawyer with many years’ experience in international environmental law and policy and climate change campaigning in Europe. She has written her PhD on climate change damage in international law (Climate Change Damage and International Law: Prevention Duties and State Responsibility, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers, 2005) and now works in a law firm specialised in environmental law in Hamburg, Germany. Roda Verheyen was previously a Director of the Climate Justice Programme.

Rosalind Reeve (Expert Advisor)

Dr Rosalind Reeve has a masters degree in environmental law and a PhD in biochemistry. Her 27 years experience in international environmental policy and law spans the biodiversity and climate change conventions. She is an expert on compliance systems in international law and author of the textbook, Policing International Trade in Endangered Species: the CITES Treaty and Compliance, which draws on her experience in investigating illegal and unregulated wildlife trade in Africa, Asia and Europe. In 1993, she moved to Nairobi, Kenya to work for the UN Environment Programme on negotiations that established an inter-governmental task force to combat illegal wildlife trade in Africa.

Since 2008, she has worked on climate and forests policy, focusing on REDD+, the mechanism for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation being negotiated under the climate change convention (UNFCCC). Over three years, she built and led an influential campaign on climate and forests with the NGO Global Witness, centered on governance and safeguards. Currently working as senior adviser to the Ateneo School of Government in the Philippines and Expert Adviser to the Climate Justice Programme, she continues to focus on REDD+ governance and systems for monitoring and MRV (measurement, reporting and verification), as well as the interface between the UNFCCC and Convention on Biological Diversity. In her capacity as an Associate Fellow of Chatham House and in collaboration with UN-REDD, she played a key role in developing guidance for governments on assessing REDD+ governance. She served as elected civil society representative on the UN-REDD Policy Board, and has engaged actively in the UNFCCC, REDD+ Partnership and Forest Carbon Partnership Facility. As a result, she offers an understanding across the multilateral processes developing REDD+.