Jolene Lin

Jolene Lin

Jolene Lin is an Associate Professor at the National University of Singapore’s Faculty of Law (NUS). She is also Director of the Asia-Pacific Centre for Environmental Law. Jolene’s research focuses:

  • Climate Litigation
  • Global Climate Change Law and Policy
  • Environmental Law in Asia

Jolene has published extensively on these topics in peer-reviewed journals including Journal of Environmental Law, the European Journal of International Law, and the American Journal of International Law. Her recent publications include Governing Climate Change: Global Cities and Transnational Lawmaking (Cambridge University Press 2018), Climate Change Litigation in the Asia Pacific (Cambridge University Press 2020) and Litigating Climate Change in the Global South (Oxford University Press in 2024, forthcoming).

At NUS, Jolene teaches tort law and climate change law. She received the faculty’s teaching awards in 2020 and 2023 in recognition of her passionate commitment to teaching. Jolene is also actively involved in various climate change philanthropic initiatives to support the role of law in tackling the climate emergency. She is a Member of the Academic Circle appointed to support the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Development from April 2024 – April 2026.

Before joining the National University of Singapore, Jolene spent ten years at the University of Hong Kong where she was Associate Professor and Vice-Dean (International Affairs). During her time in Hong Kong, Jolene served on the Appeal Tribunal Panel (Buildings Ordinance) and the Appeal Board Panel (Town Planning). Jolene grew up in Singapore and was always eager to explore the world. After completing her A levels, she pursued an LLB at the London School of Economics and Political Science where she discovered her love for international law and environmental law. She then crossed the Atlantic to read her LLM at New York University School of Law, where she also worked as a student research assistant to Professor Richard Stewart and Professor Katrina Wyman.

Jolene’s time at NYU was a formative experience that encouraged her to pursue an academic career. After obtaining her LLM, Jolene returned to Singapore to pursue her professional qualifications and be called to the Singapore Bar. After pupillage and a brief stint at one of Singapore’s leading law firms, Jolene joined academia. As it frequently happens in common law jurisdictions, Jolene obtained her PhD in law (Erasmus University Rotterdam) after many years of employment as a law teacher and researcher. Jolene’s PhD thesis examined the role of global cities in making and implementing climate change laws, and was supervised by Prof. Dr. Ellen Hey.

Research Interests

Environmental Law
Transnational Environmental Governance
Climate Change

Teaching

Climate Change Law and Policy in Asia
Tort Law