Transboundary Pollution

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The International Conference on “Transboundary Pollution: Evolving Issues of International Law and Policy” took place on 27 – 28 February 2014 at Orchard Hotel, Singapore. The Conference was organized by the Centre for International Law (CIL) at the National University of Singapore (NUS) and was chaired by Professor S Jayakumar and Professor Tommy Koh.

In view of recent cases of serious pollution in Asia, such as the smoke haze from Indonesia and the Fukushima nuclear incident in Japan, the Conference aimed to review the evolving rules and principles of international law governing transboundary pollution and to raise awareness among regional governments of their rights and responsibilities.

Under the theme “Transboundary Pollution: Evolving Issues of International Law and Policy”, the Conference was divided into seven sessions to examine the international legal principles governing transboundary pollution; the pratical application of the state responsibility doctrine in the context of transboundary pollution and the international legal framework that has been established to address transboundary pollution of the marine environment, nuclear pollution and air pollution.

The Conference drew some of the top experts in the world on international environmental law, including, among others, Professor Alan Boyle,University of Edinburgh; Professor Günther Handl, Tulane University; Professor Stephen McCaffrey, University of the Pacific; Professor Nicholas A. Robinson, Pace University and Professor Catherine Redgwell, University of Oxford.

The Conference was attended by more than 90 delegates, including academics around the world; government officials from ASEAN member states, China, South Korea, and Japan; officials from the ASEAN Secretariat (ASEC) and representatives from non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

Conference Materials

Welcome Remarks by Professor Tommy Koh
Closing Remarks by Professor S Jayakumar

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Media

“Cooperation is key to tackling haze issue”, The Straits Times, 28 February 2014
“Experts say draft haze Bill won’t solve issue in long term”, Channel News Asia, 28 February 2014 (Click here for TV interview)
“Anti-haze laws ‘could spur on-the-ground enforcement in Indonesia'”, Today Online, 28 February 2014
“Conference unravels the legal complexities of transboundary pollution”, NUS News, 3 March 2014

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Objective and Issues Discussed

This Conference aimed to review the evolving rules and principles of international law governing transboundary pollution and raise the awareness among regional governments of their rights and responsibilities under international law. To this end, the Conference brought together leading experts on international environment law to discuss major legal aspects of transboundary pollution, including:

  1. General Principles Governing Transboundary Pollution
  2. State Responsibility for Transboundary Pollution
  3. Transboundary Pollution of Fresh Water Resources
  4. Transboundary Pollution of the Marine Environment
  5. Transboundary Nuclear Pollution
  6. Transboundary Air Pollution
  7. Cooperation Mechanisms to Combat Transboundary Haze Pollution

Chairs

Professor S. Jayakumar, Chairman, International Advisory Panel, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore
Professor Tommy Koh, Chairman, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore

Speakers

Robert Beckman, Director, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore; Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Alan Boyle, Professor of Public International Law, Edinburgh Law School, University of Edinburgh; Barrister, Essex Court Chambers, London
Hans Christian Bugge, Professor Emeritus of Environmental Law, Department of Public and International Law, University of Oslo
Günther Handl, Eberhard Deutsch Professor of Public International Law, Tulane University Law School
Lan Hua, Associate Professor, Faculty of International Law, China University of Political Science and Law
Youna Lyons, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for International Law, National University of Singapore
Stephen McCaffrey, Distinguished Professor of Law, McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific
Akio Morishima, Emeritus Professor, Nagoya University; Lawyer, Kato, Nishida, Hasegawa Law Firm
Jacqueline Peel, Professor, Melbourne Law School, University of Melbourne
Catherine Redgwell, Chichele Professor of Public International Law and Fellow, All Souls College, University of Oxford
Nicholas A. Robinson, University Professor for the Environment, Pace University; Professor Adjunct, Yale University School of Forestry & Environmental Studies; Kerlin Professor of Environmental Law Emeritus, Pace Law School
Laode Syarif, Senior Lecturer, Hasanuddin University, Indonesia
Alan Tan, Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore
Simon Tay, Chairman, Singapore Institute of International Affairs; Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, National University of Singapore

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