About 9th GCET 2008
The conference was held in Singapore from 6-7 November 2008, and was organized by the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law, of the Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore (NUS). It is part of an annual series of academic conferences characterized by an international and multidisciplinary flavour. The conference provides a forum for legal scholars, economists, political scientists, conservationists, representatives of the private sector and others to exchange the latest research on the use of environmental taxes and other economic instruments to advance environmental policy objectives. Economic instruments range from user charges on pollutants or resource use to loans and grants for the development of sustainable technology to emissions trading.
The theme was Environmental Taxation and Challenges of the Urban Environment: Role of Taxation and other Market-based instruments – Exchange of Experiences between Developed and Developing Countries. The conference focused on the special problems of the urban environment and the challenges which confront cities and megacities. Fiscal policies from the perspectives of both developed and developing countries was evaluated. Within this thematic framework, the conference focused on the following areas: energy generation and consumption, transportation, pollution, population growth, housing, urban development and public health.
The Call for Papers describes these sub-themes in greater detail. The process of selecting abstracts is peer-reviewed, and selected papers presented at the conference will be published by Oxford University Press in the peer-reviewed book series Critical Issues in Environmental Taxation - International and Comparative Perspectives.
This is a 2-day conference, from 6-7 November 2008, with 4 plenary sessions. There will be breakout sessions after each plenary to examine specific issues in greater depth. Mr Teo Ser Luck, the Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Ministry of Transport, will be delivering the Opening Address.
Our partners and supporters include the Centre on Asia and Globalisation at the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS; the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL), the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants in Singapore (ACCA); the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore (IRAS); the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law; the Environmental Tax Policy Institute, Vermont Law School, USA; the Department of Business Law, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia; the Department of Accounting at Cleveland State University, USA; and the International Tax and Investment Centre (ITIC), Washington, DC, USA.