KOH Kheng Lian
Full C.V.

Emeritus Professor

Ph.D. LL.M. (Singapore), Diplôme de Hautes Études Internationales (HEI, University of Geneva), LL.B. Hons (University of Malaya in Singapore), Advocate & Solicitor (Singapore)

  • Honorary Director, Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL), Singapore
  • Member, International Council of Environmental Law, Bonn
  • Visiting Professor in Environmental Law, William Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, Hawaii, USA.(2005); and University of Mexico (2005)
  • Formerly, Member, Research Committee, Institute for Global and Environmental Strategies (IGES), Japan
  • Formerly, IUCN CEL (Commission on Environmental Law) Regional Vice-Chair for South and East Asia, 1996 - 2004
  • ADB consultant for project on Enhancing Effective Regulation of Water (2010).
Email Address:
Office Tel: (65) 6516-6246 
Office Fax: (65) 6779-0979 
Office Address

Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Eu Tong Sen Building
469G Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259776
Research Interests

ASEAN Environmental Law, Policy and Governance
International Environmental Governance
Water Law, Policy and Governance in ASEAN and Singapore
Zoonotic Diseases and Environmental Law/Policy
Adaptation to Climate Change, Food Security in the ASEAN Context
Discourse on Environmental Security
Eco- Cities: Comparative Studies
Environmental Cooperation of ASEAN and its Dialogue Partners, APEC and "ASEAN Plus 3"

Subjects Taught

1963 - 1996:Legal History; Legal Method; Criminal Law; Contracts; Commercial Transactions
1997- ASEAN Environmental Law, Policy and Governance; Environmental Law and Policy (MSc (Env Mgt)); Guest Professor in Comparative Environmental Law (topics include ASEAN in comparison with EU ; Water Resources Management in Singapore ; Adaptation to Climate Change, etc)

Brief Biodata

Koh Kheng Lian is Professor Emeritus of the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore, and a founder and the Director of the Asia - Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL), established by the Faculty in collaboration with the World Conservation Union - Commission on Environmental Law (IUCN-CEL) and the United Nations Environment Programme. She was the IUCN CEL Regional Vice-Chair for South and East Asia, and a member of its Steering Committee from 1996 - 2004. She was consultant of the capacity building in environmental legal education project for the Asian Development Bank. Professor Koh was a former Director of the World Bank Institute/ Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA, Singapore) seminars on urban and industrial environmental management; she continues as the Director of this MFA course since 1999. She has also served as a resource person in numerous seminars and conferences in environmental law, including the UNITAR (United Nations Institute for Training and Research) seminars on implementation of multilateral agreements related to biological diversity, held in Kushiro and Chiang Mai. She served as a member of the National Preparatory Committee for the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Focus Group III - Environment Issues), and was also in the National Environment Agency Feedback Group on the United States - Singapore Free Trade Agreement. She was a member of the National Environmental Agency Focus Group on Air and Climate Change to review the Singapore Green Plan 2012. She was Visiting Professor of the Universidad Metropolitana de Mexico, Mexico City, Mexico where she conducted a series of lectures on Environmental Law to PhD students (2005). She taught a course on ASEAN Environmental Law, Policy and Governance at the William Richardson School of Law, University of Hawaii, Hawaii, USA.(2005). She is a member of the NUS IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee); Chair of Crisis Management, IACUC sub- committee.

In 2009 she initiated a new course on ASEAN Environmental Law, Policy and Governance.

Professor Koh has presented papers at conferences held in Austria, Australia, Brazil, Brunei, Cambodia, China PRC, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Kenya, Kuwait, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Switzerland, Thailand, United Kingdom, Ukraine, United States of America and Vietnam.

From 1980 to 1986, she served as a legal officer in the secretariat of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) in Vienna.

Representative Publications

1. Capacity Building for Environmental Law in the Asian and Pacific Region: Approaches and Resources, Vols I & II (Koh, Craig & Robinson, eds), Manila: Asian Development Bank: 2002, Vol I, pp xxxi + 820; Vol II, pp xxxi + 994.

2. "ASEAN Environmental Law, Policy and Governance: Selected Documents (Vol I )", pp xxii + 713. Vol II will be published in Fall 2011.

3. "Regional Environment Governance: Examining the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Model" in Daniel C. Esty and Maria H. Ivanova (eds), Global Environmental Governance (Yale, USA: 2002).(jointly with Nicholas A. Robinson)

4. "ASEAN Agreement on the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources, 1985: A Study in Environmental Governance" in Panksy D (ed), Governance Stream of the Vth World Parks Congress (Ottawa, Canada: Parks Canada and IUCN/WCPA, 2005) (in CD-Rom).

5. "Land Stewardship and the Law: ASEAN Heritage Parks and Transboundary Biodiversity Conservation" in Land Use for Sustainable Development (Chalifour, Nolon, Lye and Kameri-Mbote, eds) (Cambridge University Press: 2006).

6. "Governance on Adaptation to Climate Change in the ASEAN Region ", Carbon and Climate Chang Law Review, Vol 5 No 1 (The Legal Publishers Lexxion, Berlin: 2011), pp 82 - 90 (jointly with Lovleen Bhullar)

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