APCEL - Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Law

Faculty of Law

APCEL Flagship Events

Conference on Attaining the Sustainable Development Goals – Environmental Law, Policy and Management, 9 to 11 November 2016, Shaw Foundation Alumni House Auditorium, NUS Kent Ridge Campus

2016 is a year of milestones. This year, the NUS Law School's Asia‐Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL) celebrates its 20th Anniversary. Two degree programs focusing on the environment – the Master of Science in Environmental Management (MEM) and Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) also celebrate their 15th and 5th Anniversaries respectively. To celebrate, APCEL, MEM and BES are coming together from 9‐11 November 2016 with a line‐up of distinguished speakers who will share their expertise and insights on achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


We will focus on the law, policy, science and management of SDG Goal 12 ‐ Sustainable Production and Consumption; Goal 13 ‐ Climate Action; Goal 14 ‐ Life below Water (Sustainable Oceans); and Goal 15 ‐ Life on Land (Biodiversity Conservation) and (Life below Water) ‐ Marine Environment.


These events will culminate the Fourth Asia Environment Lecture. The speaker will be Dr Andrew Steer, President and CEO of the World Resources Institute.

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The Fourth Asia Environment Lecture 2016 by Dr Andrew Steer, President and CEO, World Resources Institute, 11 November 2016, Shaw Foundation Alumni House Auditorium, NUS Kent Ridge Campus



Environmental sustainability is multi-dimensional and all nations face challenges in their efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals. The Asia Environment Lecture is a joint initiative of the National University of Singapore’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL) at the Law Faculty, and two multi-disciplinary programmes in NUS focussing on the environment – the M.Sc. (Environmental Management) [MEM] and the Bachelor in Environmental Studies (BES). This series of Lectures, which started in 2013, provides an unique opportunity to hear from world leaders in the environment field, with particular focus on achieving a sustainable environment in Asia. The Lecture is generously supported by City Developments Ltd (CDL).

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About Us

The Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law was established on 15 February 1996 by the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore on the initiative of the Faculty of Law and the Commission on Environmental Law (CEL) of the World Conservation Union (IUCN), in collaboration with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP).

APCEL is situated in the Faculty of Law and supported by the National University of Singapore. The Faculty of Law has established itself as one of the best law schools in the region, with one of the leading law libraries in the common law jurisdiction. As a premier institution, the Faculty seeks to achieve excellence in teaching and research.

Official Launch of APCEL (1st July 1996)  
From Left - Prof Tommy TB Koh, Prof Koh Kheng Lian & Dr Parvez Hassan

APCEL was established in response to the need for capacity-building in environmental legal education and the need for promotion of awareness in environmental issues. It is currently working closely with IUCN's Commission on Environmental Law, UNEP, the Asian Development Bank, the World Bank Institute, the Singapore Ministry of the Environment, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other institutions in several projects and programmes.

With the encouragement and support of the various bodies of the United Nations and other organizations, APCEL hopes to achieve its objectives and emerge as a regional centre of excellence in environmental law.

For more information about APCEL's recent activities, please refer to our News Reports

Advisory Committee  
Executive Committee