Panel of law experts advising Government on haze meets for the first time

Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (fourth from right), Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam (centre) and the International Advisory Panel on Transboundary Pollution, comprising (from left) Ambassador-at-large Tommy Koh,
Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean (fourth from right), Law and Foreign Affairs Minister K. Shanmugam (centre) and the International Advisory Panel on Transboundary Pollution, comprising (from left) Ambassador-at-large Tommy Koh, International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea judge Jin Hyun Paik, former International Court of Justice judge Abdul G. Koroma, Georgetown University Law Centre Francis Cabell professor of international law Edith Brown Weiss, Professor S. Jayakumar, Pace University's university professor for the environment Nicholas Robinson and Eversheds LLP dispute resolution director Rodman Bundy. -- PHOTO: MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND WATER RESOURCES

SINGAPORE - A panel of eight experts advising the Government on transboundary pollution like the haze has met for the first time.

The International Advisory Panel on Transboundary Pollution, chaired by Professor S. Jayakumar and Ambassador-at-large Tommy Koh, convened on Thursday and Friday in Singapore and met Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean on Friday.

The panel of local and foreign law experts, helped by four others such as Indonesia's head of the Presidential Advisory Council, Professor Emil Salim, are to advise the Government on international law related to the pollution, and practical steps Singapore can take against it.

After the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister Teo said: "Singapore takes the haze issue seriously... Singapore has taken various measures to prepare for haze, and there have also been proposals at the regional level, some of which have been implemented. But we need to examine what other steps can be taken. I look forward to receiving the (panel's) recommendations soon."