APCEL - Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Law

Faculty of Law

APCEL Flagship Events
Third Asia Environment Lecture 2015

Click HERE for the brochure
Click HERE for the lecture slides



Today’s vibrant green building market is arguably the single most encouraging trend for ushering in clean and resilient economies.  More than ninety countries feature private-public green building councils and government programs to spur market development.  In some countries, more than half of all new commercial office buildings are now certified "green".  And in Singapore, building industry executives anticipate a greater percentage of green projects than anywhere else in the world.


What’s remarkable about this market surge is that just fifteen years ago, there was no widespread understanding of what "green building" even meant!  Let alone widespread examples of green homes, offices, hospitals and factories or ready access to skilled practitioners to design and build them.  Even more surprising is this rapid pace of change unfolding in an industry historically slow to innovate. 


What’s behind this remarkable market transformation?  Are green building trends on track to address environmental and social challenges that are accelerating, scaling up, and becoming increasingly interconnected – particularly in Asia where much of the world’s rapid urbanization is occurring?  What are the current drivers and obstacles to higher levels of performance and deeper penetration into existing and new developments?


As the first CEO for the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and former U.S. Assistant Secretary of Energy, Christine goes behind the scenes to share stories of how the green building market and popular LEED rating system evolved.  She points to inspiring examples of green buildings and urban developments in the U.S. and Asia to showcase best practices, lessons learned and emerging trends.  Finally, Christine explores several key policy actions that could accelerate greening our urban landscape in Asia and around the world.


The Second Asia Environment Lecture 2014- The Green Economy: Will Asia Embrace It?, Dr Marco Lambertini, Director-General, WWF International, 7 October 2014

Click HERE for the lecture slides
Click HERE to view lecture video


The Inaugural Asia Environment Lecture: Transitioning Towards Environmentally Sustainable Growth in Asia and the Pacific: Key Issues,  Progress and Drivers of Change, Dr Bindu Lohani, Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank, 28 October 2013

Click HERE for the lecture slides
Click HERE to view lecture video


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