Environmental Law (Print + Digital)

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.

Authors: Joseph Chun and Lye Lin Heng

Book is currently under reprint. Delivery will take place by end of May 2022.


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    Part I : General Introduction

    Chapter 1  

    What Is Environmental Law?

    Chapter 2

    Sustainable DevelopmenT

    Chapter 3

    Regulatory Approaches

    Chapter 4

    Environmental Governance



    Part II: Cross-sectoral Laws

    Chapter 5

    International Environmental Law

    Chapter 6

    ASEAN Environmental Law

    Chapter 7

    Legal System

    Chapter 8

    Constitutional Environmental Rights and Judicial Review of Environmental Decisions

    Chapter 9

    Torts and Environmental Protection

    Chapter 10

    Urban Planning and Development Control



    Part III: Pollution Prevention and Control

    Chapter 11


    Chapter 12

    Air Pollution Control

    Chapter 13

    Noise Pollution Control

    Chapter 14

    Water Pollution Control

    Chapter 15

    Land Pollution Control and Contamination Remediation

    Chapter 16

    Hazardous Substances and Organic Pollutants

    Chapter 17

    Marine Pollution Control

    Chapter 18

    Radiation Protection



    Part IV: Waste Management

    Chapter 19  

    Legislative History

    Chapter 20

    What Is Waste?

    Chapter 21


    Chapter 22

    Littering and Dumping

    Chapter 23

    Industrial Waste and Toxic Industrial Waste

    Chapter 24   

    Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Waste

    Chapter 25

    Waste Minimisation and Waste Hierarchy

    Chapter 26

    Sustainable Consumption and the Law



    Part V: Water Resource Management

    Chapter 27


    Chapter 28

    Water Infrastructure

    Chapter 29

    Water Conservation

    Chapter 30

    Drinking Water and Recreational Water



    Part VI: Nature Conservation and Wildlife Protection

    Chapter 31   

    Nature Conservation and Biodiversity Management

    Chapter 32

    Protecting and Creating Nature Sites

    Chapter 33

    Wildlife Protection



    Part VII: Climate Change and Ozone Depletion

    Chapter 34

    Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation

    Chapter 35

    Ozone Depletion




    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.

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