Academics, practising international lawyers on transboundary-pollution panel

University professors, international-law practitioners and a former International Court of Justice judge from five countries are on the international panel formed to advise the Government on issues related to transboundary pollution, the Environment and Water Resources Ministry announced on Friday.

The eight-member panel is chaired by Professor S Jayakumar and Professor Tommy Koh, both of the National University of Singapore; the former was previously Deputy Prime Minister and the latter is also Ambassador-at-Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The other six members of the panel are:

- Dr Abdul G. Koroma, a Sierra Leonean former judge at the International Court of Justice (ICJ)

- Judge Jin Hyun Paik of Seoul National University and judge at the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea

- Professor Edith Brown Weiss of Georgetown University in the US

- Professor Catherine Redgwell of Oxford University in the UK

- Professor Nicholas Robinson of Pace University, USA; and

- Mr Rodman Bundy, director of dispute resolution at international law firm Eversheds.

Environment and Water Resources Minister Vivian Balakrishnan announced the formation of the International Advisory Panel on Transboundary Pollution in Parliament on Tuesday.

The panel will meet in Singapore over the next few months, and advise on international-law trends, developments, and issues that relate to transboundary pollution, and on solutions and practical steps which the Republic can adopt.

The announcement comes after Singapore proposed a new Transboundary Haze Pollution Bill that would hold companies and other entities liable for fires on their land that caused haze in Singapore.