Centre of Excellence for Biodiversity Law


The Centre of Excellence for Biodiversity Law or known as CEBLAW, has the distinction of being the first Centre of Excellence to be set up in the field of law jointly by the University of Malaya and the Government of Malaysia. It is housed at the Law Faculty of the University of Malaya. The Centre not only provides advice to the Government on matters related to biodiversity and biosafety law, it also plays a leading role in the negotiation of international treaties under the United Nations Convention on Biological Diversity and Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, on behalf of the Government of Malaysia, the Group of G77 and China, Like-Minded Megadiverse Countries and other informal international groupings.

CEBLAW also provides consultancy services to international institutions as well as to developing countries.


  1. To provide the necessary framework to develop expertise in biodiversity related laws;
  2. To cooperate and develop Malaysia as a regional and international resource centre for biodiversity law;
  3. To provide expertise to the Government in its national and international affairs relating to biodiversity related law and policy; and
  4. To provide the necessary facilities and encouragement for research, development and training in matters integral to the Convention on Biological Diversity, the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, and the interface between the Convention/ Protocol and the World Trade Organisation as well as, among others, related Multilateral Environment Agreements and United Nations forums.
Director of the Centre
Professor Gurdial Singh Nijar
LLB (Hons) Kings College London, LLM (Mal)

Centre of Excellence for Biodiversity Law

Faculty of Law
University of Malaya
Kuala Lumpur 50603
Tel: +603-7967 6579 / 6580
Fax: +603-7967 6582
Email: ceblaw@um.edu.my