APCEL - Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law

APCEL Members

Ms Lovleen Bhullar is a PhD student at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. She is also an Independent Researcher associated with the Environmental Law Research Society (ELRS), a non-governmental organization based in New Delhi, India. She holds an undergraduate degree in Law from the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, an LLM in Environmental Law from SOAS University of London and an MSc in Environmental Policy and Regulation from the London School of Economics and Political Science. Her research and publications focus on the international and domestic (Indian) law and policy frameworks relating to climate change, sanitation and water law, as well as the role of rights-based approaches.

Denise is a Senior Research Fellow and covers developments in two main areas, namely, Nuclear Law and Policy and Ocean Law and Policy. She is the CIL Project Coordinator for a three-year research project on nuclear safety and security. This project is being undertaken jointly with the Energy Studies Institute of the National University of Singapore and is funded through a National Research Foundation grant as part of the Singapore Government’s Nuclear Policy Research Programme. As a member of the Ocean Law and Policy team, she is particularly interested in international law issues that impact on the preservation and protection of the marine environment. Prior to joining CIL, Denise worked with Linklaters (Singapore and Tokyo) for more than 10 years where she was a member of Linklaters award-winning global capital markets practice. Prior to joining Linklaters, she was a corporate and commercial lawyer with Allens in Sydney, Australia. Denise is an Advocate & Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Singapore as well as a Solicitor of England & Wales. She holds a LLB (Hons) and Master of Science (Environmental Management) (Shell Medal and Prize and Shell Best Dissertation Award winner) from the National University of Singapore.

Joseph CHUN
Joseph is an adjunct member of the NUS Law Faculty, and teaches environmental law to undergraduate law students and environmental studies students, and graduate environmental management students. His research interest is focused on Singapore environmental law and governance. Outside academic work, he is active in the environmental law and policy aspects of various green civil society advocacy and public awareness initiatives. Prior to joining NUS as adjunct faculty, he was at various times, a real estate law private practitioner, a real estate law academic, and in-house counsel for an airline. Joseph is an LLB (Hons) graduate from NUS, and a PhD Laws graduate from University College London. He is qualified as an advocate and solicitor in Singapore, and as a solicitor in England and Wales.


Mr. Vinayagan Dharmarajah (Vina) is the Regional Director (Asia) of BirdLife International.  Prior to that (2012 - 2016) Vina served as a non-executive board member of BirdLife International (Asia) Limited, the legal entity of the BirdLife Asia Secretariat. He has also served (2007 - 20616), in an honorary capacity, as the Environmental Law and Policy Coordinator and IUCN Coordinator of the Nature Society (Singapore), the BirdLife Partner in Singapore. Whilst with the Nature Society (Singapore) he helped author and coordinate the passage of IUCN resolutions on the conservation of Asian Horseshoe Crabs and the Helmeted Hornbill. He is also the author of the Nature Society (Singapore)’s code of ethics on nature. Prior to joining BirdLife as its Regional Director, Vina worked for the graduate business school INSEAD (2011 - 2016) as its Legal Counsel in Asia. Vina obtained a LL.B. Hons degree in law from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom. He also has a BA. Hons degree (History) from the National University of Singapore and a LLM in International Business Law from the Sorbonne-Assas (Paris II) International Law School. Vina is also a member of the IUCN World Commission on Environmental Law.


Dr. Asanga Gunawansa holds a PhD in Law from NUS and a LLM in International Economic Law from University of Warwick. He is an Attorney-at-Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka and has over 25 years of experience as a Lawyer. Dr. Gunawansa currently heads the Colombo Law Alliance, a law Chamber in Sri Lanka specialising in Foreign Investment Law, Arbitration, Construction Law, Commercial Law, Environmental Law and legal aspects of Sustainable Development. He is also an Adviser to the Independent Redress Mechanism of the Green Climate Fund in Songdo, Korea; Chairman of the Sri Lanka International Arbitration Centre and a Member of the Board of Studies of the Council of Legal Education in Sri Lanka. He is also a visiting Professor at the University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka and an International Research Associate of the Institute of Water Policy, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, NUS. In the past he had worked for the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Middle East as a Legal Counsel. He taught construction law, water law and environmental law at NUS (2007- 2012). He has worked for the United Nations Compensation Commission in Geneva and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency in the Middle East as a Legal Counsel.

Youna is a senior research fellow with the Centre for International Law (NUS) focusing on marine environmental governance in Southeast Asia. Her research areas include the protection of sensitive marine areas in Southeast Asia taking into account the underlying legal and institutional governance framework and the interplay of international law and science, the use of satellite imagery to inform marine environmental management (through habitat mapping and maritime boundary disputes on remote features for example), offshore oil and gas in Southeast Asia, as well as the sustainable use of marine resources in areas beyond national jurisdiction. She is currently completing a PhD research thesis with the Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security of the University of Wollongong, Australia on the topic of sensitive marine areas in the South China Sea. Prior to this and for more than 12 years, Youna was a counsel in the Litigation and Arbitration Group of Clifford Chance (Paris office), one of the world’s leading law firms, where she created and led a private international law practice group. Passionate about the ocean, Youna has been trained in marine ecology, physical oceanography and ocean policy at the College of Ocean and Fisheries of the University of Washington (where she also obtained a Masters in Marine Affairs). Youna’s dual expertise in law and marine sciences allows her to integrate these fields for marine policy making purposes.

Benoit MAYER
Prof. Benoit Mayer is an Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Law of the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He worked previously at the Research Institute in Environmental Law in the School of Law of Wuhan University, China. He studied in Sciences Po Lyon, the Sorbonne University, McGill University and the National University of Singapore. His research focuses on the international law on climate change, in particular with regard to human mobility, loss and damage, and adaptation. He is the author of The International Law on Climate Change (Cambridge University Press, 2018), and of The Concept of Climate Migration: Advocacy and its Prospects (Edward Elgar, 2016). He is also the co-editor of the Research Handbook on Climate Change, Migration and the Law (Edward Elgar, forthcoming in 2017) and of Critical International Law: Postrealism, Postcolonialism, and Transnationalism (Oxford University Press, 2014).

Sallie YANG Chia Wei

Ms. Sallie C.W. Yang is currently Legal Specialist of USAID Wildlife Asia, Freeland, USAID Contractor, providing technical support on national legislative and policy reform to increase political will and commitment of focal countries for countering wildlife crime. She implemented the “ASEAN Legal Support Task Force to Fight Transnational Organized Wildlife Crime” at Freeland, which included capacity building and research initiatives for investigating and prosecuting transnational wildlife trafficking in Southeast Asia. She managed the development of the “ASEAN Handbook on Legal Cooperation to Combat Wildlife Crime”. She co-authored with Associate Professor Lye Lin-Heng a paper on “Illegal Trade in Endangered Forest and Marine Species - Enhancing Laws and Enforcement: A Southeast Asian Perspective”. Sallie qualified in the UK as a barrister-at-law and Singapore as an advocate and solicitor. Prior to joining Freeland, she has more than 18 years’ experience as a litigation lawyer and legal counsel for MNCs in infrastructure, environmental and renewable energy sectors. Now based in Bangkok, Thailand, she has lived and worked in Singapore, the UK, Spain, Italy, Denmark and Argentina.She holds a LLB (Hons) from the University of London, UK and MSc in Environment Management from NUS. She is an appointed Member of the IUCN WCEL.