APCEL - Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law


APCEL was established on 1 July 1996 by the NUS Law Faculty in collaboration with the World Conservation Union-Commission on Environmental Law (IUCN-CEL) and the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). APCEL has since established itself as a centre of excellence in the region for research-based capacity building with a strong commitment to advancing innovative scholarship. [Read more]


Upcoming Events
Book Launch - A Fireside Chat with Dr. Jolene Lin and Professor Tommy Koh celebrating the launch of Governing Climate Change: Global Cities and Transnational Lawmaking

Date: 24 January 2019
Venue: NUS Law (Bukit Timah Campus), Block B Level 2, Staff Lounge

Special Issue of Climate Law: Legal Assessment of the Paris Agreement’s Implementation Rules (Paris Rulebook) – Call for Expressions of Interest

Date: 24 – 25 January 2019
Venue: NUS Law (Bukit Timah Campus), Eu Tong Sen Building, Lee Sheridan Conference Room
Policy Hypocrisy and Value Sincerity: The case of food law advocacy in the United States

Date: 27 February 2019
Venue: NUS Law (Bukit Timah Campus), Eu Tong Sen Building, Lee Sheridan Conference Room

News and Announcements
Jolene Lin, Associate Professor and APCEL Director, participated in a panel discussion on The Human Rights Impact of Climate Change at the 13th IHRN Biennial Meeting hosted by Korean Academy of Science and Technology (25-27 October 2018).

See her presentation slides here.
Learn more about the International Human Rights Network of Academies and Scholarly Societies and The 13th Biennial IHRN Meeting.
Lye Lin-Heng, "The Regulation, Control and Management of Pesticides in Singapore" (2018) 33(4) Environmental and Planning Law Journal 430-442
Jolene Lin, Associate Professor and APCEL Director, speaks on ‘Climate Change Diplomacy & Litigation’ at Tembusu College Fellow’s Tea (17 October 2018) hosted by Dr Connor Graham.
APCEL congratulates our associate members, Dr Joseph Chun and Youna Lyons (CIL) as well as ELSA student members- Eric Bea, Amshar Addy, Carol Yuen, Kim Wong and Sarah Lu for their contributions to the 2018 Singapore Blue Plan.

This is the third Blue Plan to preserve Singapore’s rich marine biodiversity, with six recommendations, including improved laws to protect marine environments, formalised management systems for these areas, and sustained funding for long-term research and monitoring programmes. The Plan was presented to Second Minister for National Development, Desmond Lee on 13 Oct 2018.

The Plan can be downloaded from http://singaporeblueplan2018.blogspot.com/

Koh Kheng Lian, Chapter 8, A New Thinking to Cooperation in Tackling the Indonesian Haze? in Euston Quah and Tsiat Siong Tan ( eds) , Pollution Across Borders: Transboundary Fire, Smoke and Haze in Southeast Asia, World Scientific (2018,  333 + xi pp), at 83 – 92.

On 10 – 11 May 2018, APCEL Advisory Committee member, Emeritus Prof Koh Kheng Lian presented a paper on “Widening the Remit of the Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) to Include Environmental Degradation and Destruction Under ‘Crimes against Humanity’?” at the 15th ASLI Conference held in Seoul National University School of Law.
On 17 April 2018, APCEL conducted an international training course for ASEAN judges at the Singapore Judicial College. “Environmental Law: Overview and Challenges in the ASEAN region” was a one-day workshop that sought to give ASEAN judges an overview of the latest developments in selected areas of environmental law including biodiversity conservation and climate change


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