Three major universities in Asia have established an alliance to research Asia-Pacific law and sustainable development
The SMU Yong Pung How School of Law (YPHSL); Sydney Law School, University of Sydney; and Faculty of Law, The University of Hong Kong, have established the Asia-Pacific Research Alliance on Law and Sustainability, to drive law-focused research and teaching initiatives on achieving sustainability. The announcement was made at the Law and Sustainability Conference titled ‘Law in a hyperconnected world – joining the dots for a sustainable future’ held at SMU on 13 July. In January 2024, SMU YPHSL will introduce a new Sustainability Law elective for all law undergraduates. Dean of YPHSL Professor Lee Pey Woan said that technological advancements and globalisation have made a profound impact on Earth's natural systems; it is therefore crucial for scholars and policymakers to envision new legal and governance systems that recognise the interconnectedness of multiple sectors, anticipate the far-reaching effects of global environmental change, and address the unprecedented social and ecological disruptions we face today.