In a world of rapidly worsening environmental conditions, and amidst a growing urgent interest in best practices for addressing the crisis, Singapore is often lauded for its exemplary approach to environmental management, and its environmental law is sometimes credited for this achievement. However, while Singapore’s environmental laws have contributed to progress towards sustainable development, there is room for improvement. Environmental Law in Singapore is the first and only textbook on Singapore environmental law. It is an essential reference written for legal practitioners in and outside Singapore; researchers and students; as well as businesses, civil society and policy makers who want to gain a more comprehensive and detailed understanding of the subject. The book explains the subject in the context of international and regional environmental law and the Singapore legal system. It describes, explains and critiques the applicable legal principles, legislative provisions and cases. Topics covered go beyond the traditional areas of criminal and civil liabilities in environmental regulation such as pollution control, waste management, nature conservation and climate change, to also include environmental governance issues such as procedural and substantive environmental rights. This book also considers developments in other jurisdictions where appropriate, for insights into potential areas for legislative or judicial reform.
Part I : General Introduction
What Is Environmental Law?
Part II: Cross-sectoral Laws
International Environmental Law
ASEAN Environmental Law
Constitutional Environmental Rights and Judicial Review of Environmental Decisions
Torts and Environmental Protection
Urban Planning and Development Control
Part III: Pollution Prevention and Control
Air Pollution Control
Noise Pollution Control
Water Pollution Control
Land Pollution Control and Contamination Remediation
Hazardous Substances and Organic Pollutants
Marine Pollution Control
Part IV: Waste Management
What Is Waste?
Littering and Dumping
Industrial Waste and Toxic Industrial Waste
Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Waste
Waste Minimisation and Waste Hierarchy
Sustainable Consumption and the Law
Part V: Water Resource Management
Drinking Water and Recreational Water
Part VI: Nature Conservation and Wildlife Protection
Nature Conservation and Biodiversity Management
Protecting and Creating Nature Sites
Part VII: Climate Change and Ozone Depletion
Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation
Lye Lin Heng taught Property Law, Environmental Law and Comparative Environmental Law for many years at the Law Faculty, National University of Singapore. She was Director of its Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL) 2013–2017, and chaired the NUS multi-disciplinary MSc (Env Mgt) (MEM) programme’s Management Committee from its inception in 2001, to 2018. She was also Associate Professor at Yale University’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, teaching a course on Comparative Environmental Law from 2003 to 2019. She retired in July 2019 and is now Adjunct Professor teaching Environmental Law to the MEM and Law students. She has written numerous monographs and articles on Singapore’s environmental law.
Dr Joseph Chun is a partner in the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) practice at Shook Lin & Bok LLP, where he specialises in environmental law. He is concurrently an adjunct associate professor and a member of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law (APCEL) at the Faculty of Law in the National University of Singapore (NUS), where he teaches environmental law. He also regularly works with green civil society groups on the legal aspects of advocacy projects, and serves on the Animal Welfare and Ethics Committee of Wildlife Reserves Singapore.