APCEL - Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law


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.

Second Asia Environment Lecture (AEL) on 7 October 2014

Prof Lye presenting a gift to the AEL Speaker Dr Marco Lambertini, Director-General of the World-Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) International

First Asia Environment Lecture (AEL) on 28 October 2013

From Left: Prof George OFORI, NUS; Prof Victor SAVAGE, NUS; Prof LYE Lin Heng, NUS; Mr Ronnie TAY, CEO NEA; Dr. Bindu N. LOHANI, Vice-President ADB (AEL Speaker); Prof Tommy Koh, Ambassador-at-Large, MFA Singapore and Chairperson; Mr Heinrich Jessen, Chairman Jebsen & Jessen (SEA) and Prof Chou Loke Meng, NUS


» To serve as a regional training centre for the teaching of environmental law;
» To organise conferences, seminars and other programmes on environmental issues;
» To serve as a regional centre for research, including multi-disciplinary research on international, regional and national environmental law and policy;
» To establish and develop a collection of materials on environment law and policy, and to maintain an electronic database;
» To promote the exchange of information on international, regional and national environmental law and policy;
» To publish studies, reports and course materials on international, regional and national environmental law and policy;
» To cooperate and collaborate with law schools, institutes, centres and such other organisations to further its objectives; and
» To undertake such other programmes and activities as the Executive Committee may determine from time to time.