APCEL - Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law

Message from the Director

Welcome to APCEL’s virtual home!

APCEL has a notable heritage. The centre was established in 1996, in cooperation with the World Conservation Union-Commission on Environmental Law (IUCN-CEL) and UNEP, in response to the call in Agenda 21 to build capacity in environmental law and promote environmental consciousness.

We face many environmental challenges today. At APCEL, we have chosen climate change and biodiversity protection as our focus areas. We support a wide-ranging programme of teaching, research and outreach on these issues. We have organized conferences and workshops on issues including marine sustainable development in Southeast Asia and tackling the illegal wildlife trade in this region. In June 2018, we will be organizing a scholarship workshop on climate litigation in partnership with Yale Law School. We have an ongoing research project with Melbourne Law School on the use of planning litigation to promote climate adaptation in Southeast Asia. Our Seminar Series brings internationally renowned scholars to our home at the Bukit Timah Campus to share the latest thinking on environmental law and policy.

While we are actively committed to promoting research-based capacity building and advancing innovative scholarship, we believe in doing so in a spirit of partnership. Please feel free to contact us if you like to work together to strengthen environmental rule of law.

Jolene Lin
Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Law
February 2018