APCEL - Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Law

Faculty of 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.


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Environmental issues are constantly in the media forefront today. Countries and cities across the world grapple with climate change, which has brought unseasonal floods, droughts and wildfires, and caused severe economic losses, adverse impacts on biodiversity, ecological disasters and much human misery. Cities continue to face the challenges of population growth, inadequate clean water and energy supplies, deteriorating public health and hygiene, environmental degradation, and the pollution of air, land and water. While Asian states have made considerable economic progress in rapid time, they are finding it increasingly challenging to balance development and environmental sustainability. The current imperatives for national development, industrialization and a market economy should not be compromised. There is a need for sound, stable and sustainable environmental management practices. These can be found in the right environmental policies and laws, translated and implemented through effective governance and management. A holistic approach involving partnerships among stakeholders is necessary to address these challenges.  

The Asia Environment Lecture provides a unique opportunity for knowledge exchange and networking with world leaders with expertise and experience on environmental sustainability in Asia. Environmental sustainability is multi-faceted and this event is organized by the two multi-disciplinary programmes on the environment at the National University of Singapore (NUS) - the Master of Science in Environmental Management (MEM) and Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES); together with the Law Faculty's Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL), the National Parks Board (NParks), Ministry of National Development, Singapore and City Developments Limited (CDL). 

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9 February 2018 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

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  APCEL is the co-organiser of the conference on ‘An Investment Perspective to Carbon Trading’ with the Faculty of Law of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, in cooperation with Konrad Adenauer Stiftung Energy Security and Climate Change Program


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