Kevin Riordan

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  Address:     Level 10, Equinox House
                    111 The Terrace, Wellington
                    PO Box 10-242, 
                    The Terrace, Wellington

  Phone No:   +64 4 499 2684

  DDI:           + 64 4 494 8149

  Fax No:       +64 4 499 2705


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Kevin Riordan graduated from Victoria University of Wellington in 1982 with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Arts and was admitted to the bar the following year. He holds a Master of Laws degree from Cornell University, New York (1997). He has over thirty years’ experience in legal practice.

Kevin was head of the legal team of the New Zealand Defence Force for over a decade before moving to the independent bar. He has provided top-level advice and representation on a wide range of legal issues both in New Zealand and overseas. His hands-on approach to legal problem-solving has included deployment to South East Asia, Bougainville, the Middle East, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Afghanistan. He led a review of the military justice system culminating in major legislative change in 2009 to bring military justice into line with international and domestic human rights standards.
Kevin has been an active advocate for New Zealand in a number of major international events including the Rome Conference establishing the International Criminal Court, as well as subsequent conferences on the elements of crimes and the crime of aggression. He has also been part of New Zealand's involvement in the development of international law in a number of areas including conventional weapons and the banning of cluster munitions.

Kevin is well-known as an effective presenter. He is an adjunct lecturer in law at Victoria University of Wellington and is part of the faculty of the United Nations Regional Course on International Law. He delivers lectures and presentations in New Zealand and overseas on a range of legal topics including the rule of law and legal leadership. He has written a number of publications on law. In 2004 Kevin was appointed an Officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit.

Kevin has extensive experience in conflict resolution, investigations and risk management.

Principle areas of practice

  • Public law
  • Disciplinary law
  • Information law
  • International law

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