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2 September 2022

We are hiring a Legal Associate

Are you an amazing lawyer but sense a dissonance between what you do and what ought to be?

KLSCCCI x Swedish Embassy forum | Sustainability in automotive supply chains

24 August 2022

KLSCCCI x Swedish Embassy forum | Sustainability in automotive supply chains

Going beyond a general discussion on ESG, we engaged with Volvo Cars, Volvo Trucks and Scania on supply chain sustainability in the local automotive context.

C4 x Bar Council 2022 Anti-Corruption Forum

19 August 2022

C4 x Bar Council 2022 Anti-Corruption Forum

In this one-day forum, Jia Yaw participated in a panel discussion on the climate crisis, journalism and the need for greater access to information

Bar Council x CGM Webinar | 2022 Updates on Directors' Duties & Climate Change

5 August 2022

Bar Council x CGM Webinar | 2022 Updates on Directors' Duties & Climate Change

With the launch of the 2022 global Primer on Directors' Duties and Disclosure Obligations, the Bar Council and Climate Governance Malaysia co-organised this webinar to discuss the latest updates

BFM, Earth Matters | The Human Right to a Clean, Healthy & Sustainable Environment

3 August 2022

BFM, Earth Matters | The Human Right to a Clean, Healthy & Sustainable Environment

Juliet Jacobs reached out to Jia Yaw to discuss the UN General Assembly's historic recognition of this right just as we were rolling out our campaign to get our MPs to pledge to recognise it in future legislations.

A quick and dirty campaign for the right to a clean, healthy & sustainable environment

1 August 2022

A quick and dirty campaign for the right to a clean, healthy & sustainable environment

Riding on the recent resolution by the UN General Assembly, we came up with a campaign for MPs to pledge to recognise environmental rights in future legislations

BFM, Evening Edition | As the heat is turned up on durian plantations for causing the floods in Baling, BFM speaks with political economist, Khor Yu Leng and the Malaysian Bar's Kiu Jia Yaw

7 July 2022

BFM, Evening Edition | As the heat is turned up on durian plantations for causing the floods in Baling, BFM speaks with political economist, Khor Yu Leng and the Malaysian Bar's Kiu Jia Yaw

They discussed the impact these plantations have had on the environment and the issues behind the way forest land is exploited.

Hybrid Pre-HLPF Event: Global Sharing of Best Practices

30 June 2022

Hybrid Pre-HLPF Event: Global Sharing of Best Practices

A public discussion at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Malaysia's progress on localising the SDGs just before our delegates head off to New York for the High Level Political Forum

BFM, Evening Edition | Making Community Gardens Work

29 June 2022

BFM, Evening Edition | Making Community Gardens Work

In the wake of the eviction notice served on Kebun-Kebun Bangsar, BFM spoke with Jia Yaw on the laws around community gardens

Sharing our experience from the SUHAKAM x CERAH Right to Clean Air petition with regional NHRIs

22 June 2022

Sharing our experience from the SUHAKAM x CERAH Right to Clean Air petition with regional NHRIs

The Asia Pacific Forum (APF) invited us to share our experience in bringing the CERAH Coalition’s petition to SUHAKAM on transboundary haze pollution and our right to clean air.

Sidang Kemuncak MyHutan & Rundingan Iklim Belia Negara

28 May 2022

Sidang Kemuncak MyHutan & Rundingan Iklim Belia Negara

MyHutan organised a one-day youth climate change summit

Webinar | Environmental Law & Climate Change: The Way Forward

9 May 2022

Webinar | Environmental Law & Climate Change: The Way Forward

In this RWC Webinar Community Series, Darren Lai discussed Malaysia's environmental and climate change laws with Jia Yaw

UNICEF Capacity Development Workshop | Legal Empowerment to Advance Children's Climate & Environmental Justice

1 April 2022

UNICEF Capacity Development Workshop | Legal Empowerment to Advance Children's Climate & Environmental Justice

UNICEF Malaysia organised a capacity development workshop to empower children and young persons for environmental and climate justice

Joint Press Statement with SUHAKAM on the Right to Clean Air

11 March 2022

Joint Press Statement with SUHAKAM on the Right to Clean Air

At the conclusion of the two-day roundtable discussion on haze pollution, SUHAKAM and the CERAH Coalition issued a joint press statement

Join this 'big national discussion' by SUHAKAM and CERAH on haze pollution

8 March 2022

Join this 'big national discussion' by SUHAKAM and CERAH on haze pollution

This roundtable discussion will be a process for SUHAKAM to develop suitable recommendations to address the systemic gaps that allow haze pollution to persist

Webinar | KLSCCCI: Embracing ESG Transformation

17 February 2022

Webinar | KLSCCCI: Embracing ESG Transformation

KLSCCCI kicked off its series of ESG-focussed events with this inaugural webinar with 3 important panellists

Multi-stakeholder Workshop for a Review of the National Climate Change Policy

27 January 2022

Multi-stakeholder Workshop for a Review of the National Climate Change Policy

A workshop by the Ministry of Environment and Water, conducted as part of the review of the 2009 National Climate Change Policy

Podcast | BFM, Earth Matters | Clearing the air on your rights to clean air

15 December 2021

Podcast | BFM, Earth Matters | Clearing the air on your rights to clean air

CERAH's Dr. Helena Varkkey and Jia Yaw speak about the SUHAKAM complaint recently submitted by a broad coalition of NGOs

Webinar | SBC Environmental Series | Introduction to Environmental Justice: A 101 Guide for Lawyers

9 December 2021

Webinar | SBC Environmental Series | Introduction to Environmental Justice: A 101 Guide for Lawyers

The Selangor Bar's Human Rights & Environment Sub-Committee is working with the Bar Council Environment & Climate Change Committee in this new Environmental Series

We've brought a human rights complaint about haze pollution to SUHAKAM

7 December 2021

We've brought a human rights complaint about haze pollution to SUHAKAM

We are urging SUHAKAM to hold a public inquiry for the purposes of making findings and recommendations to the government to address the haze problem.

Webinar | Chevening Alumni Malaysia (CAM) Inaugural Summit

3 December 2021

Webinar | Chevening Alumni Malaysia (CAM) Inaugural Summit

Lavanya, Khairun Nisa and Jia Yaw discussed "Delivering Climate Action from Policy to Grassroots"

SUHAKAM Stakeholder Consultation on Human Rights & Plastic Waste Import in Malaysia

19 November 2021

SUHAKAM Stakeholder Consultation on Human Rights & Plastic Waste Import in Malaysia

SUHAKAM, in collaboration with C4 Center, organised this event which shed a lot of light on the problems linked with imported plastic waste

Youth Forum | MyHutan Academy | Public interest environmental litigation

22 October 2021

Youth Forum | MyHutan Academy | Public interest environmental litigation

Suatu forum untuk melazimkan dialog-dialog di kalangan aktivis yang memperjuangkan keadilan iklim

Focus Group Forum | Developing a postgraduate course on Climate Change Policy & Law

3 October 2021

Focus Group Forum | Developing a postgraduate course on Climate Change Policy & Law

IIUM invited some subject matter experts to contribute to the design of their new Climate Change Policy & Law curriculum

Webinar | Mekong-ASEAN Environmental Week 2021: Transboundary Haze Pollution in Southeast Asia

28 September 2021

Webinar | Mekong-ASEAN Environmental Week 2021: Transboundary Haze Pollution in Southeast Asia

A unique discussion of transboundary haze pollution from Indonesia and the Mekong region

Podcast | BFM, Inside Story | Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve Regazettement

9 September 2021

Podcast | BFM, Inside Story | Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve Regazettement

In the wake of the Selangor government's U-turn on the degazettement of the KLNFR, Jia Yaw talks about some legal measures needed to protect forest reserves.

Astro Awani, Consider This | Kuala Langat Whose Rights Prevailed?

8 September 2021

Astro Awani, Consider This | Kuala Langat Whose Rights Prevailed?

Astro's anchors speak with Jia Yaw following the Selangor government's decision this evening to re-gazette the KLNFR and scrap its controversial development plans.

Completion of the Study on Strengthening Environmental Governance in Malaysia

1 August 2021

Completion of the Study on Strengthening Environmental Governance in Malaysia

After months of intense work, the Academy of Sciences Malaysia has submitted its report to the Ministry of Environment & Water (KASA)

Webinar | Directors' Duties and Climate Change

22 July 2021

Webinar | Directors' Duties and Climate Change

The Bar Council Environment & Climate Change Committee co-organised this webinar with Climate Governance Malaysia (CGM)

Webinar | BCSD Malaysia | Human Rights and the Environment: Improving Supply Chain Compliance

2 July 2021

Webinar | BCSD Malaysia | Human Rights and the Environment: Improving Supply Chain Compliance

Jia Yaw shared about how to get started on a human rights policy for business organisations.

News | South China Morning Post | Can the Penang Reclamation project be stopped?

9 June 2021

News | South China Morning Post | Can the Penang Reclamation project be stopped?

Critics say the multibillion-dollar island-building scheme, also known as BiodiverCity, will devastate marine life and may be rendered obsolete by coronovirus-fuelled work-from-home practices.

Podcast | BFM, Morning Brief | Selangor's motivations to degazette forest reserves

24 May 2021

Podcast | BFM, Morning Brief | Selangor's motivations to degazette forest reserves

A chat on how forest reserves can be degazetted or excised. This is against the backdrop of the Selangor State Government's plan to degazette the Kuala Langat North Forest Reserve.

Roundtable | KASA's Roundtable Discussion on Malaysia's Low Emissions Pathway

12 April 2021

Roundtable | KASA's Roundtable Discussion on Malaysia's Low Emissions Pathway

The Ministry of Environment & Water hosted a multi-sector discussion on Malaysia's low emissions pathway.

Podcast | BFM, Morning Brief | Paradigm shift needed for environmental legislation

9 April 2021

Podcast | BFM, Morning Brief | Paradigm shift needed for environmental legislation

Following the frequent water pollution incidents in 2019 and 2020, Jia Yaw speaks about some necessary reforms.

Podcast | BFM, Earth Matters | A people's revolution to stop water pollution?

22 March 2021

Podcast | BFM, Earth Matters | A people's revolution to stop water pollution?

In conjunction with World Water Day, Arhwin and Jia Yaw join BFM's Juliet Jacobs in a discussion about the right to clean and safe water.

Webinar | C4 Press Statement | More transparency, stringency needed to preserve human rights and environment from plastic waste imports

16 March 2021

Webinar | C4 Press Statement | More transparency, stringency needed to preserve human rights and environment from plastic waste imports

Jia Yaw moderated a public forum on the illegal importation of plastic waste that was organised by C4 Center and Sahabat Alam Malaysia. This press statement was issued after the forum.

Webinar | University Malaya | The Law and the Environment

14 March 2021

Webinar | University Malaya | The Law and the Environment

Universiti Malaya's Ecolawgy organised this environmental law webinar for law students in the run-up to the Law Faculty's Moot competition concerning climate litigation.

Webinar | Roundtable | Leaving No One Behind Book Launch & Roundtable on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Localising SDGs Post Covid-19

25 February 2021

Webinar | Roundtable | Leaving No One Behind Book Launch & Roundtable on the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: Localising SDGs Post Covid-19

An online roundtable discussion on rebuilding local economies against the challenges of Covid-19, in the context of the work of the APPGM-SDG.

Webinar | ABIM | Isu Perubahan Iklim Dalam Negara: Undang-undang & Penguatkuasaan

4 February 2021

Webinar | ABIM | Isu Perubahan Iklim Dalam Negara: Undang-undang & Penguatkuasaan

Dalam siri "1 jam untuk alam" ABIM, president ABIM, Tuan Muhamad Faisal berbincang dengan Kiu Jia Yaw tentang status perundangan dan penguatkuasaan undang-undang hutan dan iklim.

Webinar | BarChats Episode 1: Where do Environmental Rights come from? What are they?

18 January 2021

Webinar | BarChats Episode 1: Where do Environmental Rights come from? What are they?

In this second episode of our 5-episode series on environmental rights, we have an engaging discussion with Datuk Prof Shad Saleem Faruqi and Preetha Sankar on our sources of environmental law.

Podcast | BFM, Law & Behold | The right to a clean environment

2 October 2020

Podcast | BFM, Law & Behold | The right to a clean environment

BFM’s Juliet Jacobs discusses with Jia Yaw on Malaysia’s legal framework for environmental protection and sustainability, and the reforms we need.

Podcast | BFM, Morning Brief | Needs a bigger stick

17 September 2020

Podcast | BFM, Morning Brief | Needs a bigger stick

An interview on the recent water cut following the pollution of Sungai Gong in Selangor.

News | The Edge Markets | Pandemic an opportunity for businesses to look at sustainability

8 September 2020

News | The Edge Markets | Pandemic an opportunity for businesses to look at sustainability

At CIMB's Cooler Earth Summit, Jia Yaw calls on entrepreneurs and businesses to reflect on their role in society and how they can contribute towards sustainable development.

News | Reuters | Malaysia walks away from law to tackle firms over forest fires

6 August 2020

News | Reuters | Malaysia walks away from law to tackle firms over forest fires

Following the Government's decision not to introduce a law to tackle Malaysian companies responsible for forest fires in Indonesia, Jia Yaw was interviewed by Michael Taylor of Reuters for his thoughts.

Document | Accelerating SDGs in Policy & Services at the Local Levels: Civil Society Perspectives

7 November 2019

Document | Accelerating SDGs in Policy & Services at the Local Levels: Civil Society Perspectives

A review report submitted to the Economic Planning Unit of the Prime Minister’s Department, in conjunction with the 2019 SDG Summit Malaysia held on 7 November 2019. This was prepared by the Malaysian CSO-SDG Alliance on Malaysia’s progress in the implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals, for the period between 2016 and 2019.