APCEL - Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Law


APCEL was established on 15 February 1996 by the NUS Law Faculty in collaboration with the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), in response to the need for capacity-building in environmental legal education and the promotion of awareness in environmental issues.

APCEL's activities include the organisation of various conferences and workshops on cutting-edge issues such as sustainable development of coastal and ocean areas in Southeast Asia, trade and environment, intellectual property rights and biological resources, crucial issues in climate change and the Kyoto Protocol, REDD+ in the context of legal regimes of mangroves, peatlands and other wetlands, and illegal wildlife trade in the ASEAN region.

APCEL members have undertaken research in various areas of the environment including pollution laws, biodiversity conservation, trade in endangered species, marine environmental law, transboundary haze issues, environmental aspects of zoonotic diseases, environmental impact assessments, climate change, trade and the environment, water resources management, ASEAN environmental law and governance, and environmental law in Singapore and Southeast Asia.

APCEL plays a leading role in the NUS multi-disciplinary graduate programme on the environment – the M.Sc. (Environmental Management) [MEM] programme, hosted by the School of Design & Environment. Environmental Law is a core module in this programme, and is also a core module in the NUS Bachelor in Environmental Studies [BES] program.

APCEL is currently working with the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law and ADB on training programmes for environmental law teachers in the Asia-Pacific region and with Freeland, a US NGO based in Bangkok, on illegal wildlife trade in the region.


Upcoming Events
APCEL Seminar Series: Public Interest in the Management of (Emerging) Natural Resources: A Case Study of Weather Modification Regulations in China

Date: 9 February 2018, Friday
Time: 1.00pm to 2.00pm (Registration starts at 12.30pm)
Venue: Lee Sheridan Conference Room, Eu Tong Sen Building, Faculty of Law, NUS (Bukit Timah Campus)

Climate Change Litigation Scholarship Workshop (CALL FOR PAPERS)

Date: 7-8 June 2018, Thursday & Friday
Venue: Lee Sheridan Conference Room, Eu Tong Sen Building, Faculty of Law, NUS (Bukit Timah Campus)


Current News
International Nuclear Law Essentials (INLE) Course in Singapore, 26 February-2 March 2018
Congratulations to Associate Professor Jolene Lin and Professor Jacqueline Peel on their successful application to the 2018-2019 NUS Law-Melbourne Law School Research Partnership. Their project "Climate Adaptation Litigation: What Can Southeast Asia Learn from the Australian experience?” will examine Australian adaptation jurisprudence and its potential lessons for the development of similar litigation in Southeast Asian countries under their planning law frameworks.

Associate Professor Jolene Lin is currently co-director of APCEL and author of Governing Climate Change: Global Cities and Transnational Lawmaking (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).

Professor Jacqueline Peel is Associate Director of the Centre for Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (CREEL) at Melbourne Law School and a globally renowned expert in international environmental law and climate change regulation.




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