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Olivia Rumble

Olivia Rumble is a Senior Lecturer in IMEL. She holds a PPE from the University of Stellenbosch as well as an LLB and LLM in Environmental Law with distinction, from the University of Cape Town. She has a particular interest in, and has published widely on the topic of climate change law, and has been appointed to assist the Department of Environmental Affairs in drafting South Africa’s Climate Change Bill. Prior to joining the Institute, Olivia was a Senior Associate at ENSafrica, where she specialised in environmental law for seven years. She is currently a director at Climate Legal, a specialist climate change and environmental law consultancy. Olivia is a former clerk of the Constitutional Court and has worked with various NGOs on the intersection of environmental law and human rights.  She has extensive experience in the laws relating to water resources, waste management, atmospheric emissions and South Africa’s broad suite of environmental laws. Olivia has advised national government departments and regional bodies on domestic and transboundary water law reform as well as nuclear energy regulatory reform. Her research interests include climate change law and governance, carbon taxes, pollution and energy law.



O Rumble, A Gilder, G Kornelius, L Burger, H Liebenberg-Enslin “Air Quality” in Strydom and King (eds) Environmental Management in South Africa (3rd ed) (Juta, Forthcoming)

Gilder A and Rumble O “Africa, Current Developments in Carbon and Climate Law” 3 Climate and Carbon Law Review (2017) 268

L Kotze, T Humby, O Rumble and A Gilder Climate Change Law and Governance in South Africa (JUTA, 2016), lead co-editor and contributing author of the following chapters:

Carbon Pricing in South Africa

Water Resources Management and Climate Change

Climate Change Litigation

Climate Change Law and Governance in South Africa: Setting the Scene

Gilder, Parker and Rumble “Recent Developments in the South African carbon tax legal regime” TAXtalk vol 2016(60); 2016,  68 - 71

O Rumble, M Lau and P Nihland “Towards Sustainable Development: An African Perspective on Reforming the Clean Development Mechanism” in Kotze and Mwebaza (eds) Environmental Governance and Climate Change in Africa (2009, Institute for Security Studies), and Nielsen, Pagh and Ronne (eds) The Copenhagen Protocol on Climate Change: An International Negotiation Competition (2009)

A Tabau, L Massai, K Gregg, A Gilder and O Rumble “Current Developments” Carbon & Climate Law Journal: Carbon and Climate Law Review (2012) Issue:2/2012 - pp. 167-173

R Stein and O Rumble “The water policy and governance context in South Africa” CDP Water Report (May 2014)

B Dhladhla and O Rumble “Expert View: Water – Fuelling the Debate” (2014) Mining, People and the Environment

O Rumble and M Mamkeli “Relooking SA’s Nuclear Law Regime” The Mercury (28 May 2014) and the Legal Times (9 May 2014)

O Rumble and R Stein “Water Policy and Governance in South Africa”  CDP Water Report (2013)

O Rumble, A Gilder and B Dhladhla “PLC Multi-Jurisdictional Guide for Environmental Law” (2012/13)

J Glazewski and O Rumble: “A Rose is a Rose but is an Acacia and Acacia: Global Administrative Law in Action” Acta Juridica  (2009) at 381

O Rumble and Glazewski and, Annual Survey: Environmental Chapter (2008)