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23 November 2016
Proceedings of the Fourth South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice

This publication documents the proceedings of the Fourth South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice, held on 28–29 November 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

1 November 2016
Fifth ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on Environment: ASEAN Judicial Cooperation on the Environment - The Proceedings

Climate change knows no limits—geographical, judicial, or administrative. The fifth roundtable began with a clear focus on the importance of cooperation and collaboration between judiciaries and the benefit of judicial networks.

6 July 2016
Natural Capital and the Rule of Law: Proceedings of the ADB Second Asian Judges Symposium on Environment 2013

This publication captures the proceedings of the Second Asian Judges Symposium: “Natural Capital and the Rule of Law” held 3–5 December 2013 in Manila, the Philippines.

30 November 2015
Fourth ASEAN Chief Justices' Roundtable on Environment: Role of the Judiciary in Environmental Protection. The Proceedings

The Hanoi Action Plan to Implement the Jakarta Common Vision signifies the Southeast Asian chief justices and senior judges' continuing commitment to promote environmental justice and strengthen the environmental law enforcement chain.

25 August 2014
Proceedings of the Third South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice for Sustainable Green Development

This publication documents the proceedings of the Third South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice for Sustainable Green Development, held on the 8th and 9th of August 2014 in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

10 November 2013
Third ASEAN Chief Justices' Roundtable on Environment: ASEAN's Environmental Challenges and Legal Responses. The Proceedings

This publication contains the proceedings of the Third ASEAN Chief Justices’ Roundtable on Environment: ASEAN’s Environmental Challenges and Legal Responses, held in Bangkok on 15-18 November 2013.

5 February 2013
Proceedings of the Second South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice

Adoption of the Thimphu Declaration on Enhancing Environmental Justice in South Asia highlights the Second South Asia Judicial Roundtable on Environmental Justice on 30–31 August 2013 in Thimphu, Bhutan.

26 - 27 February 2018
Asia Pacific Judicial Colloquium on Climate Change: Using Constitutions to Advance Environmental Rights and Achieve Climate Justice

The objective of the colloquium is to assist and build capacity of judges in Asia Pacific in applying environmental constitutionalism to achieve climate justice and advance human dignity.

21 - 25 August 2017
Workshop on Mainstreaming Legal Knowledge of Environmental Issues

ADB is supporting the Supreme Court of Cambodia's request for a training for judges on environment and climate change law. This is in line with recent initiatives to enact a comprehensive Environmental Code for the country. The training/workshop aims to equip judges with the knowledge and skills to tackle this new Code and to handle environmental cases, and to learn from best practices from other jurisdictions.  

10 - 13 July 2017
Strengthening Capacity for Environmental Law in Malaysia’s Judiciary: Train-the-Judges Program

ADB, the National University of Malaysia (Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia), Environment Institute of Malaysia, and the Judicial and Legal Training Institute conducted a training course for session court judges hearing environmental law cases. Topics focused on umbrella strategic level areas that are helpful in deciding any kind of environmental case e.g., (i) evidence in environmental cases, (ii) environmental forensics, and (iii) remedies in environmental cases.

19 - 21 May 2017
Second Meeting of the Global Judicial Institute for the Environment (GJIE)

The event is being supported by ADB and is organized by the World Commission on Environmental Law, the United Nations Environment Programme, the General Secretariat of the Organization of American States, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and the Environment, the International Association of Judges, and other partners, with the support of Brazilian judicial institutions. The main purposes of the meeting are to draft and approve the Bylaws of the Institute and to develop an Action Plan for the next two years. The GJIE was established during the 1st IUCN World Environmental Law Congress, where judges from 15 different countries gathered in Brazil in April 2016 for the inauguration Institute. A Charter for the Global Judicial Institute for the Environment was agreed upon, laying out the mission, objectives, activities, and structure for the GJIE.

25 - 26 March 2017
World Conference on Environment - 2017

The World Conference on Environment held in New Delhi, India is a further step towards pioneering approaches which will have repercussions globally on all environmental policy areas such as Paris Agreement 2015, Forest, Wildlife and Biodiversity, Municipal Solid Waste, Environment and Public Health, Air and Water Pollution, Climate Change, Public Health and Environment and Innovative approaches for Environmental Remediation and Restoration

ADB saw the growing need for judges to have tools for navigating the inevitable tide of climate change litigation during the 2016 Third Asian Judges Symposium on Law, Policy, and Climate Change.
14 February 2018
A Climate Change Litigation Bench Book for Judges of Asia and the Pacific

Post Paris Agreement 2015, the world rushes to agree on best measures for implementing commitments to ensure that countries can collectively work towards the 1.5°C temperature target. For its part, ADB continues in its work to support its developing member countries to meet this critical global climate target.

The City Government of Puerto Princesa maintains nurseries of mangrove seedlings to complement the Fisheries Resource Management Project.
27 April 2017
ADB’s Office of the General Counsel Launches New Technical Assistance Project to Develop Judicial Capacity for Adjudicating Climate Change Issues

The Office of the General Counsel has commenced a new technical assistance project designed to aid Asian judiciaries in adjudicating climate change and sustainable development issues. It focuses on customized in-country training programs that specifically target capacity gaps and opportunities identified by the requesting country/judiciary.

Dam on the Dong Nai River in Viet Nam.
24 October 2016
Asian judges should unite to fight climate change

At a time when halting climate change seems impossible, let us work with our judiciaries and become their partners to deal with this crisis head-on.

Mr. Nakao noted there had been more than 700 climate change litigation cases globally.
26 September 2016
ADB President Opens Judges Symposium on Climate Change’s Impact on Law

MANILA, PHILIPPINES – Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao today opened the Third Asian Judges Symposium on Law, Policy and Climate Change, calling on the region’s judicial systems to play a key role in helping countries contribute to global efforts to mitigate climate change and its impacts.

Community forest rangers in Viet Nam.
25 April 2016
Companies in Viet Nam to become liable for environmental crimes

Viet Nam is a country rich in biodiversity, but is also facing rapid economic growth, with a resultant increase in environmental threats. Viet Nam has already experienced a number of significant environmental problems, the most devastating often being the result of corporate—rather than specific individual—activity.