APCEL - Asia Pacific Centre for Environmental Law

Faculty of Law

Current News January 2016 to date

8-10 May 2017 Regional Seminar on ASEAN: Legal Perspective and Regionalism, Bandung, Indonesia

Prof KL Koh was invited to present a paper on "ASEAN: Legal Perspective and Regionalism" by the Universitas Padjadjaran, Faculty of Law.

8-9 May 2017 US-ASEAN Conference on Legal Issues of Regional Importance, Marina Mandarin Singapore

Prof KL Koh was invited to lead the "Panel Session on Environment".

13 – 14 April 2017 Third Summit on Resilience: Conference on Water Cooperation and Conflict, Pace University, New York Campus, USA

Assoc Prof LH Lye was invited to present a paper on Singapore’s Water Law, Policy and Management on 13th April and joined their panel of experts on 14th April to discuss future directions for their new Dyson College Institute for Sustainability and the Environment (DCISE) and possible collaboration.
11 – 12 April 2017 Second International Symposium for Environment Judges: 'Environmental Adjudication in the 21st Century' Symposium, Auckland, New Zealand

Prof KL Koh was invited to present a paper on ICC and “crimes against humanity”: the Cambodian case of land-grabbing.
29 March – 1 April 2017 Visit to Universiti Brunei Darussalam, Brunei
Assoc Prof LH Lye visited Universiti Brunei Darussalam to publicize the NUS M.Sc. (Env Mgt) [MEM] program and gave a presentation on Environmental Law, Governance and Management. Her visit was hosted by the Universiti’s Institute of Policy Studies, and facilitated by Prof David Koh, Assistant Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Research and Innovation) at the Universiti & Professor, Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health, NUS.
14 & 15 March 2017 Innovations in Counter Wildlife Trafficking Conference organised by USAID Wildlife Asia Activity, Conrad Bangkok Hotel, Bangkok

APCEL's Director Assoc Prof LH Lye and Honorary Director Prof KL Koh were invited to the above event. Prof Lye was chief facilitator for Workgroup 1 “Innovations in Rule of Law, Policies and Environmental Jurisprudence” on 15 March.
10 & 11 March 2017 Meeting of the International Council of Environmental Law (ICEL), 11 March 2017, and Memoriam of Dr Wolfgang E. Burhenne, 10 March 2017, Bonn, Germany

Prof KL Koh was invited to attend the above meeting arising from the demise of Dr. Wolfgang E. Burhenne to discuss the future of ICEL and the election of the Board of Governors of ICEL members. She is a member of ICEL Board of Executive Governors. She attended the Memoriam of Dr Wolfgang E. Burhenne.

4 to 7 November 2016 International Symposium on Public Participation and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters, Osaka University, 4 to 7 Nov 2016

Prof KL Koh was invited to participate and moderate Session 4 comprising five presentations on the “Role of Stakeholders and Participation – Legal Indicators”.
28-29 September 2016 Legal Accountability Workshop: Finding recourse for Victims of Transboundary Haze, Jakarta

Prof KL Koh was invited to attend a “special meeting on haze” organized by Greenpeace Southeast Asia.

27 September 2016 Presentation at Singapore Judicial College, , Supreme Court of Singapore

Prof KL Koh was invited by the Singapore Judicial College established under the auspices of the Supreme Court of Singapore to give a talk on "An Overview of Environmental Law" under its "Professorial Series". This talk was attended by Judges, Judicial Officers, Justices' Law Clerks and Legal Officers of the National Environment Agency.
26-27 September 2016 Third Asian Judges Symposium on the Environment, Philippines, Manila.

Prof KL Koh was invited to present a paper on “Descaling Climate Change and UNSDG 7: Case Study on Sino- Singapore Tianjin Eco-City”.

20-24 June 2016

14th Colloquium of the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law, Oslo, Norway
APCEL's Director Assoc Prof LH Lye attended the IUCN Academy of Environmental Law Governing Council meetings as a member of the board of governors representing SEAsia (APCEL is an institutional member of IUCN) and participated in the above Colloquium. She was also invited to attend a book launch on 21 June in which she and Melissa Low contributed a chapter on "Energy and Smart Cities — Perspectives from a City-State, Singapore" in Energy, Governance and Sustainability, JJ Manzano, N Chalifour and LJ Kotze (eds), Edward Elgar Publishing (2016).

APCEL's Honorary Director Prof KL Koh presented a paper on “The Environment in Court and Questions of Legitimacy - Promotion of UN Post-2015, SDG 16: ‘Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels’: The ASEAN Context”. She was also invited to Chair the Plenary Session on 22 June 2016.

APCEL's Deputy Director Assoc Prof Burton Ong attended the Colloquium.

19-20 May 2016

13th ASLI Conference - Asian Perspectives on Legal Globalisation, Beijing, PRC

Prof KL Koh presented a paper on "Impact of Globalization in Environmental Legal Education: Teaching of ASEAN Environmental Law- a Transnational Approach".

27-29 April 2016

1st IUCN World Environmental Law Congress, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Prof Koh was invited to present a paper on "The Kuala Lumpur Declaration on Combating Transnational Crime: Illicit Wildlife Trade and Effective Governance -Whither ASEAN and the World?"

25-26 March 2016

International Convention on Youth Concerns & Challenges, Jalandhar, Punjab, India

Prof KL Koh was invited to present a paper on “Cultural Diversity and Hybridity: Forging an ASEAN Identity through the Mechanism of Culture”.

4-6 March 2016

Rule of Law for Supporting The 2030 Development Agenda/Sustainable Development Goals, New Delhi

Prof KL Koh was invited to present a paper on “ASEAN 2025: Forging Ahead Together - Interface Between Rule of Law, Human Rights and Human Security in Climate Change”.
The conference was organised by United Nations Environment Programme, National Green Tribunal, Ministry of Environment, Forest & Climate Change and Ministry of Water Resources, India.

11-27 February 2016

Teaching at Yale

APCEL's Director A/P LH Lye was Visiting Associate Professor at Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (FES) from 11-27 February 2016, to co-teach an intensive course on Comparative Environmental Law with Prof Nicholas Robinson, Gilbert & Sarah Kerlin Professor of Environmental Law, Pace University Law School, New York. This course has been taught regularly since 2003-4 to students from the Yale FES and Law School and implements the MOU between Yale University's FES and the NUS MSc (Env Mgt) [MEM] programme. A/P Lye chairs the NUS MEM programme's Management Committee.

15 – 19 February 2016

ASEAN Conference on Biodiversity, , Bangkok

APCEL's Honorary Director Prof KL Koh, and Associate Member Dr Joseph Chun participated at the above conference.

27 - 28 Jan 2016

ASEAN-WEN Workshop and Launch of the ASEAN Handbook on Legal Cooperation to Combat Wildlife Crime, Jakarta

APCEL's Director Assoc Prof LH Lye and Honorary Director Prof KL Koh were invited to the above event. Prof Lye gave a presentation on “Trade in Endangered Species – Enhancing Laws and Enforcement At the International, Regional and National Levels”. APCEL is a partner with the organiser in this research project and hosted a workshop in Dec 2014 at NUS Law School.

9 January 2016

Presentation at the Institute of Comparative Law in Japan, Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan

Assoc Prof LH Lye was invited to give a seminar on “Global Trade in Endangered Species – New Challenges for Law and Enforcement” at a special seminar for staff members attended by law and political science professors, lawyers, and key members of WWF –Japan, at the above University.